Socorro Mesa Tailings Pile: 10/23/05

Back in 2005, a friend of mine and I dug around in the tailings pile in Socorro, New Mexico. There used to be a manganese oxide mine on the site, and there were still concrete foundations and tailings piles scattered over the site. There was some manganese oxide left at the site:

Also scattered among the site were quartz and calcite, sometimes intertwined with manganese oxide:

And some sandstone as well…

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