Dragon Minerals - Update May 26, 2019

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06378:
Fluorapatite (OH-rich) - $26
Cerro Huañaquino, Potosí Department, Bolivia
Miniature - 4.8 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm (1.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches)
112 grams (0.25 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

Here we have a free-standing single crystal of off white, opaque apatite. The ends are probably rough terminations. Pale orange shortwave UV fluorescence. A fine example from a locality much more famous for magnetite. Accompanied by a hand written label from the well-known mineralogist Dr. Alfredo Petrov. About this specimen Dr. Petrov said, "According to Dr John Rakovan, world's top apatite-group researcher, that material eventually turned out to be not hydroxylapatite but rather an OH-rich fluorapatite whose OH was "not in the usual structural position".







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