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|34177: Hanksite - Was
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Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, California
Type locality for hanksite
Miniature - 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
Specimen status: Available Send an email with specimen number to order
A nicely translucent, finely-formed crystal of this uncommon evaporate mineral, for which there are just twelve Mindat-reported localities. Hanksite is hygroscopic (absorbs water from the air) which results in a white coating and eventual disintegration. Most example of this mineral you will find on the market have been oiled to inhibit water uptake, but (in my mind) this results in an unnatural appearance (not to mention oil on the hands). This example has not been oiled, but if stored in a sealed plastic bag will be reasonably stable. No damage. The locality is now closed for collecting, so future production of hanksite specimens is uncertain.