Today my daughter and I visited Ruggles Mine in Grafton, NH. The mine charges an entrance fee but lets you take home whatever you can find.
It was a beautiful day and we had a great time wandering through the old mine caves and finding rocks. http://www.rugglesmine.com/Introduction.htm
The first thing I noticed is that the area is littered with large shards of mica, much larger than anything I've ever seen in nature before. At first I was amazed, but within minutes there is so much of it just lying around that it starts to resemble trash. Most of it is silver or clear, but there was also a bunch of black mica which I haven't seen before. The day was hot, but the mine shafts are pretty cool and a few of them still had huge slabs of ice from the winter which still haven't melted even though we've had a couple of 80 degree days this month.
The mine hollows are enormous and the place is just fun to walk around in. All the walls of the caverns are filled with mica and a few other veins of quartz like stuff. Most of the ground is littered with white rocks. I'm not sure what they are but they range in all sizes from boulders to chips and are a pure snowy white with just a hint of crystaline structure. They are hard and I'm assuming they are some type of quartz although they are opaque and not clear.
I'll include some photo's below. The most interesting things we found were a small light green crystal of Beryl, and then something with a darker green and some brown veins in it. One of the workers at the site said it might be a uranium ore with flecks of emerald in it. But he was a local teenager hired by the mine, not a geologist or anything, so I'm not sure exactly what the rock is.
I haven't figured out how to resize the images yet, so this is going to be a bit messy to start with.