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Topsham Quarry

A unique guide around an abandoned quarry has a wealth of crystals hidden in the rocks for intrepid geologists to find!
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  This is a wonderful quarry in Topsham where those fascinated in minerals and geology can find some amazing crystals. I took a field... more »

Tips:  From exit 31 off of I-295 head south into the town of Topsham on Route 196. After just a short ways make a left onto 201 going north.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park here for your exploratory walk around the quarry. This is a quarry that my geology teacher at Bowdoin new about when I was there in 2001. On the short hike around this quarry we found massive crystals of biotite, quartz and albite mixed in the the feldspar, granitic pegmatite and metamorphic gneiss of the area. Keep an eye out for the... More

2. Land Crossing

Here is a stretch of rocks that splits the two water-filled quarries. If the water level is low enough you can easily cross here to explore the walls on the opposite side for crystals. In the photo is my Geology Professor with the quarry walls behind her. When you are done exploring for crystals just head back to the vehicle.