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GMS September Field Trip Report
Heavy Sand Mining in Florida
Friday, September 21, 2012

8 rockhounds showed up for the fieldtrip for heavy sands including a new member. There was only one 4 wheel drive and so had to use the company truck. We went to the office and saw a presentation of how the heavy metal sand was processed and its uses. We then went on the tour of the dredge and saw how it worked. We collected some of the unprocessed sand and also got some processed sand. On the way out, we got to see a cutter head that was being fixed. A great time was had by all and it was well worth the trip. Sorry if you missed it. We were invited back in 2 years and this will happen if there is demand.

Charles Carter, GMS Field Trip Chair
Clockwise from the left -- Anita Westlake, Paul Roth, Brian Kittle, Connie Henderson (DuPont), Bill Waggener, John Iacullo, Mickey Cecil, Charles Carter, Kristin Gholson (DuPont)
The main dredge (left) sucks up sand and sends it through floating pipes to the wet mill (right) where the heavy sand is extracted
We were fortunate to see a cutter head up close.
The cutter head is used by the main dredge to break up the edge of the pond so it can suck up the sand.

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