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35th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

Contributed Papers in Specimen Mineralogy: Part 3

THE MINERALS OF THE ROSE ROAD WOLLASTONITE DEPOSIT, PITCAIRN, ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, NEW YORK. M. R. Walter1, S. C. Chamberlain2, R. Rowe3, and D. Bailey4. 1PO Box 137, Nicholville, NY 12965; 2Center for Mineralogy, New York State Museum, 3140 CEC, Albany, NY 12230; 3Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6P4, Canada; 4Dept. of Geosciences, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 13323.


This noteworthy locality in northern New York has likely provided quality specimens for at least one hundred years. Although mentioned (e.g., in notes on cleavage in titanite [Williams 1885]) in a review of monoclinic pyroxenes from New York State (Ries 1896), and in a brief discussion of the microscopic texture of feldspar (Luquer 1893), there has apparently never been a published description of the occurrence or its mineralogy. Specimens from this occurrence at 44°12'05" N, 75°13'51" W may be labeled as coming from the Mulvaney property, McDonald Sugar Bush, Rose Road, or simply Pitcairn. The locality is currently owned by Richard LaPlatney, who lives on the property.


The Twenty-fifth Technical Session of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium (RMS) was held on 11 April 2008. Seventeen abstracts were accepted and presented as oral papers. The review panel consisted of Dr. Steven Chamberlain, New York State Museum; Dr. Carl Francis, Harvard University; Dr. Robert King, Tewkesbury, Great Britain; Dr. Marian Lupulescu, New York State Museum; and Dr. George Robinson, Michigan Technological University.

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