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Mining a Giant Pocket of Black Tourmaline Crystals

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I found a nice pocket with a couple vugs of black tourmaline (schorl). This is part 1, I've extracted about 40lbs worth of specimen quality material so far. Part 2 will follow as weather permits revisiting the mine site.
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Brenda J (1 day ago)
Dude I would love to watch but I'm seasick as heck with you jerking the camera around. Remember slow down for those of us who watch. Getting a headache from the jerky action....
sarahx87 (10 days ago)
elainehawk50 (12 days ago)
Looks like Castle Rock, Colorado...am I right.
Malcolm Grant (29 days ago)
I literally have no interest in excavation/mining/prospecting, but there's something just so interesting and calming about your videos.
везет же людям родились в стране где хоть какой может нарыть для себя малость турмалинов а у нас в рф не так давно разрешили мох собирать суки
rine303 (1 month ago)
Wow you can spot some crystals just like that ?? I can't wait to go do some dig
Love this, always have been a rock hound
Little Bastards racing (2 months ago)
Need a leaf blower lol
Brandon Bembenek (2 months ago)
What state are you in here? I accidentally stumbled on a big outcropping of tourmaline in AZ last spring... wish i had tools with me. If anyone is near the AZ/NV border I could pinpoint the location on google earth for you. Fairly easy to find actually. I'm from MN though so I'm in no position to go after it myself
Brandon Bembenek (2 months ago)
@USMiner It was black, not sure if its common to find colored and black together at all but I am pretty sure I just saw black. But it was in real long well formed sticks in a big mound of quartz/mica along side the creek bed. I went through google earth yesterday and backtracked my path on the map and kinda cross referenced it with my drone video that I took in the area to pinpoint the location of it. If you wanna go after it let me know. I'd love to see what you dig out of there. Below is the drone video i took while I was there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqIkiwY4PMY
Brandon Bembenek (2 months ago)
@USMiner Oh believe me I would have already if I lived down there. I was only visiting for the week last year. I'm back in MN now.
USMiner (2 months ago)
This was found in Wyoming, but I'm always travelling through the Western US. Was it black tourmaline or colored? Large well formed crystals? If colored and well formed I would suggest you try to remove them yourself, they can be quite desirable and even valuable.
Tagon Robinson (2 months ago)
311k views but only 25k subs
James Fafal (2 months ago)
Tagon Robinson and?
Snappy Snapfire (2 months ago)
Thunderstorm moving in on the side of a mountain go under tree best place.... gezzz
Debra Gantter (2 months ago)
At least you just dont use just a shovel.
S CT (2 months ago)
Tourmaline is a beautiful color stone.
Shable (2 months ago)
Do you think being exposed to elements (that specimen was above ground for who knows how long) weakens the matrices and causes more potential for fractures during extraction.
- Royal - (6 days ago)
Oh without a doubt! It’s far more susceptible to erosion on the surface than those below ground.
Shable (2 months ago)
Does a hammer drill work or other battery powered tools for field work
Martha Dolezal (3 months ago)
you need to learn how to film. You move the camera around so quickly that it literally makes me ill to watch it.
Shable (2 months ago)
Was going to say the same thing. Ppl always tell me that on my channel so now im hyper aware of it. This guy needed to stabilize his footage like i do for that reason. using a cell phone vid causes this to happen a lot.
Guy G (3 months ago)
One simple concept would have saved you and that clump of tourmaline: masonry bits and battery powered hand-held drill-guns. You're welcome.
David K (1 month ago)
But sometimes you just "run what you brung".
David K (1 month ago)
gas powered pressure washer with a drum of water for supply.
Micheal Wintz (3 months ago)
I am loving this video. You explain so well about the rock and mineral condition. What the matrices I am learning so much. The reason I sign Ms Michal when they were setting up my phone they spelled my name wrong. I'm a 64ish lady prospector. I'm so very new to all this. I recently moved to the country in a different part of Texas. I kept finding rusty looking rocks. After 3 months of reascher I found out it was Hematite. Which I have since been collecting for jewelry production. But, I have also picked up rocks along the dirt road out front. Which seem to be a mix of all types of rocks. So your videos are helping me identify them. Thank you for all your work in making these awesome videos. 💜😉☕🍩
Micheal Wintz (1 month ago)
@ModernProspector I lately have been fossil hunting on the property I live on. It took a bit to convince the land lord my friend. That I was running around the desert in Idaho since I was a kid. My mom grew up in the forest in Oregon she taught us how to be safe in the woods. It pretty much is the same for desert rattlesnakes are everywhere lol. Anywa made a real nice haul the other day fossils and Hematite. I found a Hematite Bloodstone. I read about them online never expected to find one. At least I think thats what it is. Will have to look it up again. Anyway thank you for putting out some great videos. Sorry for talking your ears off.😺😉☕💎👏💛💙
ModernProspector (1 month ago)
If you're in Texas there are a lot of great places to rockhound in New Mexico including some beautiful peridot gemstones at Kilbourne Hole.
JayBird G (3 months ago)
Where donya find tourmaline?
JayBird G (3 months ago)
What yavusebut for?
Kassidy Farnsworth (3 months ago)
Cool find !! What did you do with them if you do t mind me askin
Warre Boeit U Ni (3 months ago)
does anyone know how to find a cristal poket?
June Ribbons (3 months ago)
Cathy Brown (4 months ago)
Victor PONCE (4 months ago)
Better luck nx time
Nate Crittenden (4 months ago)
TheStraightPath (4 months ago)
8:37 Looks like peridot, the green stuff?
Right on bro!! Nice tourmaline vein you found there!!!!
Denise Allison Stout (4 months ago)
Really enjoyed the video thanks for posting Tourmaline is my personal fav!! Im sorry im new to the channel can anybody tell me where he's rockhounding??
ModernProspector (25 days ago)
@Frank Wolf I'm fact I know right where this video was taken I've spent plenty of time in that area.
ModernProspector (25 days ago)
@Frank Wolf Yep, plenty of pegmatites to host tourmaline in a variety of locations in Wyoming.
Frank Wolf (25 days ago)
@ModernProspector Tourmaline...any color...in Wyoming!? The vegetation and topography looks much more like Southern California...and I've heard there is some small amounts of tourmaline there...:)
ModernProspector (1 month ago)
He's in Wyoming in this video.
David K (1 month ago)
He has two acreage parcels, 1 in Nevada, 1 in Arizona, I am guessing its one of these.
DigDigDig (4 months ago)
Dig Dig Dig!
Steve Woods (5 months ago)
thought it didn't rain much in the desert, twice I have seen it rain on you in just watching a couple of Vlogs.
Dave Hakes (5 months ago)
Are these crystals in Oregon?, Nevada? Thanks, I ask Because there are some here in Oregon's High Desert.
USMiner (5 months ago)
Chimp Chowder (6 months ago)
Nevada..... Nice find. Wish I could stumble upon some of them up here in the northern areas.
eqlzr2 (6 months ago)
Very informative! Especially your use of tools and techniques. And kudos for not having distracting background music. Nothing better than just the sounds of nature and what you're doing. Thx!
Micheal Wintz (3 months ago)
I agree I'd much prefer information. I think some YouTubers forget not everyone has a degree in mineralogy. You explain what your seeing and doing love your videos. 💜😉☕🍩 Ms Michal.
David Turney (6 months ago)
very informative enjoyed the site.
Franklin Neely (6 months ago)
Is this your property or do you rent it or how do you get into finding a place
Woodies Rock Shop (7 months ago)
thanks for sharing
Memory Rinehart (7 months ago)
What state are you in?
Caandybarz barz (7 months ago)
gloves are for pussies
Paul van den Bergen (7 months ago)
If it's any comfort, that pegmatite being at the surface has weathered a lot even if the big ones weren't cracked before you got to them, the matrix would crack wherever it wants to... Still, it's amazing what survives... I found a perfectly shaped tourmaline in a pegmatite @ Broken Hill where the pegmatite had been folded... (the rest was sheared and distorted)
J Burritt (7 months ago)
How fun.  We found some pink ones above the Gunnison, Colorado area a few years ago.
Highlander (7 months ago)
Man sweeps desert. More at 11...
Jon Loane (8 months ago)
"I'm gonna start movin' some dirt" Sweeps at speed of light
JenkinTown Posse (2 months ago)
Memory Rinehart (8 months ago)
Do you have to think about bears?
Nicolas (8 months ago)
beryl not tourmaline ?
ModernProspector (5 months ago)
Definitely tourmaline and not beryl
Owlstelle (9 months ago)
What state are you in? Looks like desert territory.
Crystal Kitty (9 months ago)
Had to rewatch 2:24 4 times😂😂😂😂
Mr. L (9 months ago)
I'd love to see you chip out that big crystal and clean it up. Looks big, like the inside of a roll of toilet paper!
1LRLRG (9 months ago)
spare battery and a small air compressor for tires would give blower
Lord Wild Man (9 months ago)
Minecraft real life edition in the game store? Na, just joshing mate. Good video. Can i come join you digging?
Bobajoseph (9 months ago)
What state are you mining in it lools a bit like new mexico
Mike Devine (9 months ago)
That moment you realize that "The Flash" not only fights crime but he is a rock hound as well. 1:44 ... lol
Patrick Conley (9 months ago)
Hey my brother , why don't you pan that dust for Gold ?????
w rice (9 months ago)
I wa think that too. . gas generator and a good air compressor. .
Erik Robles (9 months ago)
Try a gas powered saw with a 18 " diamond blade it will only cut down a little more then 4" but should allow u to take out larger chunks (saw and blades are expensive but worth the investment if these crystals are worth anything look into it.)
Julie Sczesny (9 months ago)
Lots of those sideways crystal specimens, I can use. Broken ones that would look good if shaped up a bit, or faceted? I do have have a lovely 8" lapidary set up.
Julie Sczesny (3 months ago)
@USMiner Patience is what I have plenty of. I have an 8" Lee Faceting Machine, quite heavy, with all of it's gear setup. I forgot how much I miss hunting, digging for all these different types of treasures!
USMiner (9 months ago)
I can see what I have left in my garage, it's been a couple years since I made this video and stuff is buried deep now and my hands are a bit cut up from a work accident so it'll have to wait a bit. If I have anything left it's probably just segments like 1/2" thick by maybe 1" round. I'm not sure if they'd break again if you tried to facet them or what, but I'm curious what one would look like faceted.
LLDA ORIGINAL Das Pedras (10 months ago)
Uau que legal mais um brasileiro escrito no seu canal parabéns olha o like like like like
Ray Dowdy (10 months ago)
how much is it worth?
Antonio J. Nazario (10 months ago)
Great find and amazing job at extracting the crystals without them fracturing
Great video bud very cool
BLACK DOG . (10 months ago)
Awesome as soon as you said that you come out wit it ! Lol fallow the vein yes and you find more of them YES!,,,,THANK YOU FOR SHOWING AND INSTRUCTING US !.. this is reassuring. Me if I’m correct or not good lesson...🐺BlackDog🐺 out.⛏⚒🗡⚔️
Lilliam Pires (10 months ago)
Turmalina. 👏🏼👏🏼🍀🤗😘😘😘
A battery powered leaf blower wuold work nice for that
Lance Fall (11 months ago)
If you ever have extra Tourmaline taking up (box) space in your collection, put it on the soil in your Plants. They go nuts with healthy growth, and the Roots Love Tourmaline !!!
JenkinTown Posse (2 months ago)
No shit? That's dope. Thanks for that info. I like cool nerd science stuff about rocks.
erema ande (11 months ago)
Интересно, в Восточном Казахстане кушать такие места..?
Sunset_Sunpai (11 months ago)
Woah the wind is really blowing.
G Kent (11 months ago)
I once found a vug full of nothing that culminated in a pocket full of emptiness.
SnowTiger45 (11 months ago)
I'm more inclined to think that Tourmaline was growing in Calcite ... not Quartz. At least it looks much more like Calcite than Quartz but then it's hard to tell with the camera going all over the place. Nice Find regardless.
ModernProspector (1 month ago)
This tourmaline pocket is granite pegmatite hosted.
CrossWood (1 year ago)
That's some pretty cool stuff. Is this in Oregon? Cheers! Chris.
USMiner (11 months ago)
Very likely, if you can locate a detailed geologic map which shows pegmatites in Oregon then I would consider every one of them to be a potential exploration target.
Charley Gripentrog (1 year ago)
I'm in tucson az and want to find a place to dig that has crystals. Been to Payson several times and it is cool but heavily dug out! I would love to find a place here in Tucson !
USMiner (11 months ago)
I would locate a high resolution geologic map of your area and then find any pegmatite occurences and investigate them systematically. 98% of it is just quartz/feldspar/mica, but occasionally you run across vugs or exposures of the more uncommon crystals such as tourmaline like here or green beryl which was also near this pocket. Pay attention if you start seeing the green beryl's turn to blue as that could indicate aquamarines which can be pretty valuable.
Jay Dixon (1 year ago)
You got that right bro! Prospecting is prospecting, at the end of the day we both have blisters and cracked hands and valuables. Good job and keep it up!
E lindas às pedras. Um forte abraço de Gilmar para vocês. Um forte abraço do Brasil
Neuron27 (1 year ago)
really need a better camera bro, plus maybe try slower movements. ;) Interesting tho.
ClassicFrank (1 year ago)
pretty neat!
ASMRSounds (1 year ago)
This land was green and good, until the crystal cracked.
Larra A (1 year ago)
This stuff is great for clearing the skin. My daughter and I use handmade tourmaline soap. It's a gem. Solutions like this are always the best
Atomic Gamers (1 year ago)
Wi is your name usminer if you don't mine
USMiner (1 year ago)
HecticGnarler6969 was taken.
Glen Miller (1 year ago)
In this kind of rock, a whisk broom is a great tool. You can keep the rock cleaned off to better judge the rock underneath. Helps preserve the specimens, especially in this case where they are so fractured.
Devon Lockwood (1 year ago)
Fantastic work man! Thanks for posting such great videos!
Joe Trueblood (1 year ago)
That's awesome!!!
Fraser Brown (1 year ago)
Silent-Active (1 year ago)
I've watched a lot of videos about crystals, but this is the first I've watched of mining... this is great! Good luck hunting in the future!
Anonymous (1 year ago)
Minecraft is real.
MidKil (1 year ago)
This is so cool , i like to watch people mine , thats wierd tho.
rad135 (1 year ago)
2:22 :D
David Chen (1 year ago)
could be dragon glass. might want to save them up incase the white walkers come.
Ben Youmans (1 year ago)
It looks like a weed blower would move the dry dirt rapidly. Mine will dig a hole in a second if I point it into the dirt
John_H (1 year ago)
Looks like Jeffery City/ Muddy gap area...Lankin Dome?
Dillon Stratos (1 year ago)
how do i find things like this up in michigan? lol if there is any
USMiner (1 year ago)
Find a geologic map of Michigan (usgs site has them digitally), see if there are any areas with pegmatites and then find a higher resolution map of that specific area. Then go out and explore all the pegmatites on the map, making sure to look for smaller ones that weren't mapped while on foot. I'm not sure about the geology of Michigan so you'll have to do some research.
Mr. Mugger (1 year ago)
Damn that black tourmaline looks cool
floppy fishing (1 year ago)
You need one of those portable blowers you can blow lots of dust away fast
SingingintheDark (1 year ago)
hope you find some watermelon tourmaline in there too, is worth a lot of money, but is pretty rare, but looking at the location, I think you are in right place to find it. I once did much the same years ago in New Mexico around the Taos area. happy digging
Rainbow dashbro (1 year ago)
i sure wish i could sweep that fast
Dmze - Gaming (1 year ago)
Don't know why this was recommended to me but I'm glad it was. This is awesome dude!!!
Renciks (1 year ago)
01:45 when somebodys coming in half an hour and your house looks like a mess
Tarry Smith Sr. (3 months ago)
Donald Fack (9 months ago)
hahahaha made my day :D
Pladimir Vutin (1 year ago)
Wow, minecrafts graphics have really improved!
f4rt (2 months ago)
Love your handle
MYR ALEXANDER (1 year ago)
Leaf Blower
j4ck3t (1 year ago)
wouldnt it be faster and safer to use a brass wire brush? that should move dirt and prevent damage to the crystals ?
Kyler Janovec (1 year ago)
take a concrete saw
USMiner I would but im a far away nice vid
USMiner (1 year ago)
Would love to, they are pricey though. Accepting donations if anyone has one they want to get rid if. ;)
Patrick Willian (1 year ago)
Most " Garimpo " in Brazil become like this, and in 3or 5 days , tons of ppl mining all around this region and change for ever his life

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