The Dynamic Interaction of Quartz Bearing Solutions
with Hydrocarbon Bearing Solution - Changes at the
There is mounting evidence that hydrocarbons were present when the various types of quartz
crystals were growing in the Herkimer Mining District. On this web page the focus is on
microscope photography of features seen at the boundary between quartz and hydrocarbon.
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When a Herkimer diamond grows it can
grow in direct contact with hydrocarbons.
On the page which described large form
changes (click previous button below) a
series of photos presented changes in the
overall crystal form, in response to
adjacent hydrocarbons. On this web page
the focus is on microscopic changes at his
Photographing such changes inside a
Herkimer diamond is a difficult task. It is
most important to have a clear view to an
obvious quartz - hydrocarbon boundary, so
it can be photographed.
Photographic evidence of
“crystal frost” was
presented at the Herkimer
Festival, July 2016. See
the Crystal Frost Page
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This research on the boundary has become more
focused. Instead of investigating all types crystal
frost phenomena has the investigations have
turned in favor curved features. It is assumed that
these curved features can be more easily
attributed to the quartz-hydrocarbon boundary.
The Spheres and Curved Features Research Project: This research began with the discovery of quartz spheres within the Herkimer Mining district. All of the curved
quartz objects examined thus far occur at the quartz-hydrocarbon boundary. Their curved form, and the curved crystal frost which is often associated, suggest that the hydro-
carbon and the quartz interacted with each other during the growth of the Herkimer diamonds. More evidence of this can be found on the Spheres and Curved Features page.
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