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New Danburite Locality Discovered in the Town of Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York

As an article on the classic danburite locality near Russell, New York, was going to press (Chamberlain, Lupulescu, Bailey 2015), another danburite occurrence was discovered farther to the west, in the Town of Macomb. This locality has similar mineralogy but a very different geological origin than the Russell occurrence. The purpose of this brief article is to report this second occurrence of danburite in St. Lawrence County, New York.

Location

The new danburite occurrence is less than 100 meters west of Locality 28 described in Brown (1983) on the old Downing farm north of Pierces Corners in the Town of Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York. The property is privately owned, and permission of the current landowner is required for access.

Andrew Sutherland is an experienced field collector, former geologist at St. Lawrence Zinc Corporation, Balmat, New York, and currently a federal law enforcement agent for the Department of Homeland Security.

Scott Sutherland is an experienced field collector, a retired police detective, and a geology department volunteer at the New York State Museum.

Dr. George W. Robinson is a former mineral museum curator with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University; he presently is a research associate with the Department of Geology, St. Lawrence University.

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

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

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

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