Dragon Minerals - Update December 16, 2018

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30897: Thaumasite - $22
Crestmore Quarries, Crestmore, Riverside County, California
Miniature - 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.9 cm (1.9 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches)
46 grams (0.10 pounds)
Specimen status: Available    Send an email to order

Veins of fibrous to massive thaumasite in matrix. The  Crestmore Quarries have rich mineralogy, including 160 mineral species; Crestmore is the type locality for eight of these. Thaumasite is a somewhat uncommon hydrated calcium sulfate carbonate derivative of silicic acid, Ca3(SO4)[(Si(OH)6](CO3) ยท 12 H2O. Quarry operation ceased in 1986, and recent collecting opportunities have been rare. I am told that the quarries are soon to be backfilled and apartments built. This means specimens from this classical locality will become increasingly more difficult to obtain.

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