Mindat Logo
bannerbannerbannerbanner
Welcome!

Wawayandaite

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Wawayandaite
November 04, 2008 11:36AM
Click here to view Best Minerals W and here for Best Minerals A to Z and here for Fast Navigation of completed Best Minerals articles.


Can you help make this a better article? Is there another locality(s) that we don't know about? Can you supply a picture of this mineral? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from Franklin?


Wawayandaite
Ca12Mn42+B2Be18Si12O46(OH,Cl)30 monoclinic
USA
New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Franklin

There appears to be no image of this mineral available but we are working on that.

The type specimen was discovered by Herb Oboda (a New Jersey mineral dealer) in the Lazard Cahn collection when it was being sold by Gene Schlep. The specimen was labeled Margarosanite with Friedelite, Willemite and Calcite, Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey. The Wayayandaite was apparently thought to be Margarosanite. The collection had been given to Northwestern University in Chicago after Lazard Cahn died. His micromount collection went to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Northwestern University needed an expensive piece of analytical equipment so they sold the collection through Gene Schlep and Dick Kelly. Herb bought a piece of strawberry red freedelite 2x3x ¾ inch that has a square inch patch of a white pearly platy material on one side of the specimen. Herb Oboda thought it might be a new mineral, which was subsequently confirmed by Pete Dunn of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.1 The specimen was eventually returned to Herb Oboda minus some of the Wawayandaite which was used in the various analysis. The specimen is thought to be the holotype specimen. The mineral was eventually given the name of Wawayandaite.2 Considerable ill feelings were created over the ownership of this specimen and its subsequent return to Herb Oboda. The specimen and various correspondence about it is now in the collection of Peter Chen.
1. American Mineralogist Vol 75 p.405-408. 2. Personal communication from Herb Obodda, ~2001.
[Rock Currier May 2009]



Click here to view Best Minerals W and here for Best Minerals A to Z and here for Fast Navigation of completed Best Minerals articles.



Edited 13 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2010 12:01PM by Rock Currier.
Re: Wawayandaite
May 17, 2009 11:45PM
Rock, I somehow missed contributing to this thought...so here goes. There are a few pieces floating out there and probably others unknown that have older generation Franklin, NJ red friedelite over willemite crystals. I have found two of these, with sparse coverage at best, in the last twenty years and Peter Chin probably has the richest one in existence loaded with pearly wawayandite plates. I think Peters piece came out of the Gage collection. I do not know if Peter has a photo of his but you might inquire, I do not at present have any photos either.
Steve.
Author:

Your Email:


Subject:


Attachments:
  • Valid attachments: jpg, gif, png, pdf
  • No file can be larger than 1000 KB
  • 3 more file(s) can be attached to this message

Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically. If the code is hard to read, then just try to guess it right. If you enter the wrong code, a new image is created and you get another chance to enter it right.
CAPTCHA
Message:
Mineral and/or Locality  
Search Google  
Copyright © Jolyon Ralph and Ida Chau 1993-2014. Site Map. Locality, mineral & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. Site hosted & developed by Jolyon Ralph. Mindat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free mineralogical information to all. Mindat relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters. Mindat does not offer minerals for sale. If you would like to add information to improve the quality of our database, then click here to register.
Current server date and time: November 24, 2014 12:29:05
Mineral and Locality Search
Mineral:
and/or Locality:
Options
Fade toolbar when not in focusFix toolbar to bottom of page
Hide Social Media Links
Slideshow frame delay seconds