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The Selleck Road Tremolite and Tourmaline Locality, West Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York

Exposures of tremolite, fluor-uvite, and associated minerals along an east-west-trending ridge of Precambrian crystalline rocks south of Selleck Road near the village of West Pierrepont constitute one of the historically newer collecting localities in St. Lawrence County, New York. Since the 1960s, the locality has been popular with both local mineral collectors and visitors to the region. Large numbers of excellent specimens of green tremolite and brown fluor-uvite have found their way into mineral collections worldwide. The locality is on state land, is accessible by gravel road, and remains productive and only partially explored. It is also a popular site for educational field trips including annual visits from advanced geology classes from the Chenango Forks Central and Parishville-Hopkinton Central schools.

Dr. Steven C. Chamberlain, a collector specializing in the minerals of New York State, is coordinator of the Center for Mineralogy at the New York State Museum.

Dr. George W. Robinson is the retired curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and professor of mineralogy at Michigan Technological University. A native New Yorker, he has returned to pursue his lifelong interest in the minerals of the state and is a research associate at the New York State Museum.

Michael R. Walter is an earth science and geology teacher and an active field collector of the minerals of upstate New York and Canada.

Dr. David G. Bailey is professor of geosciences at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and a research associate at the New York State Museum.

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