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American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 6 - New Jersey Traprocks

The American Museum of Natural History has some important minerals on display from the nearby volcanic traprock quarries of northeastern New Jersey. There is an exhibit case dedicated to these minerals, as well as sporadic representation of New Jersey traprock minerals in other cases. Many of the labels list the locality as "West Paterson," presumably referring to the Upper New Street Quarry, which is in fact in Paterson, and not West Paterson. Nevertheless, in our caption, we kept the "West Paterson" designation when used for lack of certainty.


The display case for the North Jersey traprock minerals has a plaque that states the following:
"A unique collection of minerals, resulting from volcanic activity, exists less than 20 miles west of New York City. Near Paterson, New Jersey, where lava flows had hardened into basalt, many of the fissures, vesicles, and other openings in the basaltic rock were filled or coated with a distinct assemblage of minerals. These include a range of related minerals known as the zeolites - Chabazite, Heulandite, Mesolite, Stilbite, and others. Attractive minerals such as Prehnite, Datolite, Pectolite, and Apophyllite are also present along with the zeolites. Because crushed basalt is a valuable rock for construction, many quarries once operated in the basaltic rock of northern New Jersey. Some of the minerals they uncovered, which number more than 60, can be seen here."


Main Case of Volcanic Minerals from the Paterson Area, New Jersey
Primary Case of Volcanic Traprock Minerals from the Paterson Area, New Jersey

Prehnite from Paterson, NJ
Prehnite from Paterson, NJ

{homsonite from Paterson, NJ
Thomsonite from Paterson, NJ

Thaumasite from Paterson, NJ
Thaumasite from Paterson, NJ

Pectolite from West Paterson, NJ
Pectolite from West Paterson, NJ

Prehnite from West Paterson, NJ
Prehnite from West Paterson, NJ

Chabazite from West Paterson, NJ
Chabazite from West Paterson, NJ

Quartz Cast after Anhydrite from West Paterson, NJ
Quartz Cast after Anhydrite from West Paterson, NJ

Stilbite from West Paterson, NJ
Stilbite from West Paterson, NJ

Chalcopyrite on Pectolite from Bergen Hill, NJ
Chalcopyrite on Pectolite from Bergen Hill, NJ

Barite from Prospect Park, NJ
Barite from Prospect Park, NJ

Thomsonite with Prehnite from Paterson, NJ
Thomsonite with Prehnite from Paterson, NJ

Analcime with Prehnite from Paterson, NJ
Analcime with Prehnite from Paterson, NJ

Large Prehnite from Paterson, NJ
Large Prehnite from Paterson, NJ

Apophyllite from Great Notch, NJ
Apophyllite from Great Notch, NJ