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Name:From German "Gwindel", meaning "gewunden" = contorted, twisted, wound.
A variety of Quartz

Quartz crystals that grew along and are slightly rotated around a single a-axis. This results in twisted and tabular crystals.
Found in some alpine-type fissures.

Note: Gwindel-type intergrowths are also known for other minerals.

Classification of Gwindel

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Other Names for Gwindel

GwindleTwisted Quartz
Other Languages:
Quartz Helicoidal

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Gwindel

Reference List:

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Žorž, M. (1994): Pyroelectrically caused twisting of quartz crystals. In Geologija, 35th book, 183-206.

Moore, T. P. (2007): Alpine quartz gwindels. Mineralogical Record, 38, 103-121.

Žorž, M. (2009): Quarz-Gwindel. Mineralien-Welt 20 (3), 30-46.



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  • Localities for Gwindel

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    • Rhône-Alpes
      • Haute-Savoie
        • Chamonix
          • Mont Blanc Massif (Monte Bianco Massif)
    Hède frédéric
    Van King
    Hède frédéric
    • Hardap Region
      • Rehoboth District
    Niedermayr, G. & Schnaitmann, E. A. (2010): Neuigkeiten aus Namiba. Mineralien-Welt 21 (6), 89-96.
    • Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden)
      • Vorderrhein Valley
        • Tujetsch (Tavetsch)
          • Curnera Valley
    Yaiba Sakaguchi
    • Wallis (Valais)
      • Le Trient Valley
    Frederic Hede
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