The Dynamic Interaction of Quartz Bearing Solutions with Hydrocarbon Bearing Solution - Spheres and Curved Features
There is considerable 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 specifically examination of spheres and curved features. These represent the best evidence.
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When a Herkimer diamond grows it can grow in direct contact with hydrocarbons and the form of the quartz changes in the in response to being adjacent to the hydrocarbons during its growth. On this web page the focus is on microscopic changes at his contact of spheres and curved features.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.
Crystal frost is commonly in association with spheres and curved features. Photographic evidence of “crystal frost” was presented at the Herkimer Festival, July 2016. See the Crystal Frost Page
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Some curved features are shown on the New Discoveries page and wont be duplicated here. Also some information can be found on the Ongoing Research Page
This research on the boundary has become more focused (2017-2018). 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 will be presented at a talk in Herkimer Co, summer of 2018.
Thank you Kathryn S. for the donation of 27 samples which were carefully field collected to demonstrate curved features in quartz. 6/30/2018