Dragon Minerals - Update July 21, 2019

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Pyrite pseudomorphs after Marcasite
Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada
Small cabinet - 7.8 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm (3.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches)
202 grams (0.44 pounds)
Specimen status: Sold

The Nanisivik Mine, which ceased operations in 2002, is known for an incredible diversity of pyrite forms, perhaps more so than any other recorded locality. This example is 100% crystallized pyrite, and features numerous 'chains' or 'walls' of crystals, which are pseudomorphs after marcasite. The pyrite crystals are more complex than simple dodecahedra. That the specimen is very bright and brassy, and stands on its own for display (as shown), adds to the appeal. Even the backside is crystalline. Some incomplete crystals are noted along the edges (as expected) but otherwise a fine example. Hard to find material from this locality these days. A nice find for the pyrite or Canada collector.

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