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The Cicero Clay Pits, Onondaga County, New York

For at least fifteen years, concretions in the old clay pits near the village of Cicero in central New York State produced micro-sized specimens of eight common minerals in exquisite crystals. The many habits of calcite and goethite are particularly noteworthy. Material from this locality is familiar to micromounters, and large quantities of specimens were produced. Beyond mention in a few mineral club bulletins, however, nothing about this locality has appeared in the literature. Beginning in 1983, the locality was obliterated by a subdivision of houses. Here we document this interesting locality before the information is lost forever.

Dr. Steven C. Chamberlain, a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals, is coordinator of the Center for Mineralogy at the New York State Museum.

Dr. Marian V. Lupulescu is curator of geology at the New York State Museum.

Michael Hawkins is the geology collections manager at the New York State Museum.

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