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The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, on Aug. 10.
The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.
In addition to the petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with green malachite and blue azurite, trip participants can find “red-bed” septarian nodules (also known as Dragon Stones) that contain calcite crystals in the centers, as well as azurite balls “blue berries” and rosettes. Often deer and elk are spotted in the area, as well as some resident cows.
Larry Gore, a geologist for the Santa Fe Forest Service, will give the group a talk on the mine’s geology and history and efforts to remediate the abandoned mine.
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