Dragon Minerals - February 25, 2022 Update

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14528: Carpathite and Cinnabar - $24
Picacho Mine, Picacho Peak, New Idria Mining District, San Benito County, California
Small cabinet - 7.1 x 4.0 x 2.1 cm
54 grams
Specimen status: Available
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Lemon yellow, acicular carpathite crystal bundles and sprays in matrix. The longest distinct crystal measures 1.7 cm. Brilliant white fluorescence under both longwave and shortwave UV. A small bit of cinnabar is also seen - interesting mineral association. Carpathite is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon (substance composed of just carbon and hydrogen), whose molecular structure is a ring of six, fused benzene rings (each benzene ring shares a side with another benzene ring) - also called coronene. A rather rare mineral; Mindat lists just eight global localities.

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