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Monday, April 9, 2012

Aurichalcite - Kelly Mine, Socorro County, New Mexico.  Kelly Mine is famous for its blue green smithsonites.  Pictured below the auri is a smithsonite from the Mineralogical Museum on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. The museum has been displaying minerals since 1899 and is well worth a visit if you are traveling in central New Mexico.  In November the museum hosts a mineral symposium with a well attended satellite rock swap.  Socorro county is also home to Bosque del Apache a conservation area along the Rio Grande and one of the few places in the states that you can observe the sandhill crane.  Finally while in the area you can drive west of town and visit the VLA - the world's premier radio observatory.
Here is a link to the museum so you can plan your visit - NMBGMR Mineral Museum
Here is the link to Bosque del Apache   Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge - Southwest Region ...
and to the VLA  NRAO Very Large Array

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