Ruck's Crystal Mine

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Ruck's Rock and Shell Pit  (aka Ruck's Crystal Mine) in Fort Drum, Florida

The Fascinating Ever Changing Landscapes


January 15, 2008

The main pit transformed into an expansive lake











December 28, 2006

Evening after a good day at the Prospecting area



July 16, 2006

Cool sky after a very hot day in the new prospecting area - 95 degrees



March 26, 2006

The last day the Main Pit was open to the public was on my birthday - I was there



March 5, 2006

Great finds by some fellow collectors in the last few weeks before the pit closes

















January 15, 2006















My office

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August 7, 2004


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The Calcite Crystals













An Amazing Isolated Cluster - found by some new friends on 12/28/06


















The Shells


The shells that come from the layer below the Calcitized Clam's in Ruck's pit are of amazing quality.
There are about 150 identified species from this 3 million year old fossil layer
and only a select group are presented below:




Cowry Shell - View 1


Cowry Shell - View 2


Tulip shell


Tiny Shells


Two Different Olives


Olive Shell


Another Olive Variety


Rare shells - two Ventrilias, two Massyla ventustas and one Trossulasalpinx kissimmeensis





The Bones and Teeth


The fossil bones and teeth that come from Ruck's pit are of amazing quality and they often exhibit
an incredible smooth chocolate color.  Only a sampling of the variety that can be found are presented here.
Some of the animals who remains can be found are Horses, Turtles, Crocodiles, Fish, Predatory mammals,
Mammoths, Mastodons, Whales.  Oddly enough, shark's teeth are very rare in the pit.
I'm sure many other animal species are awaiting discovery at Ruck's as Florida's fossil history is rich and diverse.


Mammal Bone - View 1


Mammal Bone - View 2


Two Associated Snake Vertebra


Fish Tooth

Reptile Claw


Fully Rooted Mammal Molar


Gar Fish Scales



Large Crocodile Tooth

Assorted Crocodile Teeth


Partial Baby Mastodon Tooth


Small Section of Mammoth Tusk - note the curve


Turtle Leg Spurs


Assorted Shark Teeth


Front Horse Tooth



Fully Rooted Horse Molar - 3.5 inches - View 1


Fully Rooted Horse Molar - View 2


An assortment from the pit


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