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Iceland Spar

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Colour:
Clear
Name:
After the original locality in Iceland.
A variety of Calcite

An optically clear form of calcite, originally from Iceland, but may occur anywhere.
Originally reported from Helgustadir Mine, Eskifjord, Iceland.

Classification of Iceland Spar

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Physical Properties of Iceland Spar

Colour:
Clear

Other Names for Iceland Spar

Other Information

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

References for Iceland Spar

Reference List:
Hastings (1888) American Journal of Science: 35: 60.

Offret (1890) Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie: 13: 580.

Dufet (1893) Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie: 16: 157.

Gifford (1902) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: 70: 336.

Hintze, Carl (1916) Handbuch der Mineralogie. Berlin and Leipzig. 6 volumes: vol. 1(3A): 2839.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 142, 155.

Internet Links for Iceland Spar

Localities for Iceland Spar

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Afghanistan
 
  • Badakhshan Province (Badakshan Province; Badahsan Province)
    • Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts
      • Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley)
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
Argentina
 
  • Chubut
    • Cushamen Department
Padrón de Minas de la Provincia de Chubut (2005).
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Drake Co.
      • Lionsville
Metallogenic Study and Mineral Deposit Data Sheets: Grafton-Maclean Metallogenic Map, Geological Survey of New South Wales, 2001: HF Henley, RE Brown, JW Brownlow, RG Barnes and WJ Stroud.
  • Queensland
Updated list originally distributed by University of Queensland
Austria
 
  • Lower Austria
    • Waldviertel
      • Raabs an der Thaya
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
Brazil
 
  • Mato Grosso do Sul
Bráulio França Ferreira .
  • Minas Gerais
various added photos
China
 
Vik Vanrusselt Collection
Denmark
 
  • Faroe Islands
    • Nólsoy Island
Rock Currier
Iceland
 
  • Capital Region
    • Mosfellsbær
self collected by Jamison Turnbull
  • Eastern Region
    • Reydarfjörđur
Kristjansson, L. (2002): Iceland spar: The Helgustadir Calcite Locality and its Influence on the Development of Science. Journal of Geoscience Education, 50, 419-426.
    • Suður-Múlasýsla
No reference listed
Mexico
 
  • Chihuahua
    • Mun. de Saucillo
Max Wisshak, Leif Tapanila: Current Developments in Bioerosion, p.149 (http://books.google.be/books?id=6Zy6xC4rB3oC&pg=PA149&lpg=PA149&dq=%22iceland+spar%22+naica&source=bl&ots=yNZUsRoVac&sig=m0Cp9OBbvp1TJtBm0syQM_c4puc&hl=nl&ei=6F_STviGJo6VOu3mveIJ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&sqi=2&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22iceland%20spar%22%20naica&f=false)
Morocco
 
  • Meknès-Tafilalet Region
    • Er Rachidia Province (Errachidia Province)
      • Imilchil
        • Anemzi
Anthony Geneyton Collection
Namibia
 
  • Hardap Region
    • Mariental District
Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 62.
Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 62.
Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 62.
Norway
 
  • Svalbard
    • Spitsbergen
Kjærnet, T. (2000): Minerallokaliteter på Svalbard. Bergverksmuseets Skrift 17: 12-18
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Krasnoyarsk Territory (Krasnoyarsk Kray; Krasnoyarskii Krai)
      • Evenkia (Evenkiyskiy Autonomous okrug)
        • Nizhnyaya Tunguska River Basin (Lower Tunguska River)
Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva : 132: 68-74.; Evseev, A. A. (1973) Siberia's Crystals and Symmetry in the Distribution of Occurences of Minerals. World of Stone 1:11-20
  • Urals Region
    • Southern Urals
      • Bashkortostan Republic (Bashkiria Republic)
http://be.sci-lib.com/article051435.html
Spain
 
  • Basque Country
    • Vizcaya
      • Dima
        • Artaun
- Calvo.M.(2012) "Minerales y Minas de España", Vol.V (Carbonatos y Nitratos Boratos).Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas. Madrid
UK
 
  • England
    • Derbyshire
      • South Darley
Rocks & Min.: 22: 1123.
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Greenlee Co.
Phillips, K.A. (1987), Arizona Industrial Minerals, 2nd. Edition, Arizona Department of Mines & Minerals Mineral Report 4, 185 pp.; MRDS database Dep. ID #10065784, MRDS ID #TC41211.
    • Yavapai Co.
      • Bradshaw Mts (Bradshaw Range)
        • Castle Creek District
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 153; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 46.
  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Darwin Hills
Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp. (includes catalog of minerals of California pp. 63-410), and miscellaneous observations on mineral products): 114; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 117.
          • Ophir Mountain
Hall, Wayne Everett & E.M. Mackevett (1958), Economic geology of the Darwin quadrangle, Inyo County, California: Calif Division of Mines Special Report 51, 77 pp.: 72; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 102.
    • Modoc Co.
Hughes, H. Herbert (1931), Iceland spar and optical fluorite: US Bureau Mines Information Circular 6468: 6; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 118.
      • Warner Mts
        • Squaw Peak
Hughes, H. Herbert (1931), Iceland spar and optical fluorite: US Bureau Mines Information Circular 6468: 11; Wright, L.A. (1950), Calcite (optical), in: Mineral Commodities of California: California Division of Mines Bulletin 156: 137; Murdoch, Joseph, and Webb, R.W. (1956), Calcite, in: Minerals of California; California Division of Mines Bulletin 173: 90; Wright, L.A. (1957a) Calcite (optical grade). California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 176: 99-100.
    • Mono Co.
      • Mammoth Lakes area
Mayo, Evans Blakemore (1934), Geology and mineral deposits of Laurel and Convict Basins, southwestern Mono County, California: California Division Mines Report 30: 84; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 118.
    • Riverside Co.
      • Palen Mts
        • Packard Well
          • Palen Pass
Aubury, Lewis E. (1902), The copper resources of California: California Mining Bureau Bulletin 23: 258; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 118.
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Cave Canyon District
Tucker, W. Burling & Reid J. Sampson (1930), Los Angeles field division: California Mining Bureau. Report 26: 301; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 187.
    • San Diego Co.
      • Santa Rosa Mts
        • Salton City area
Wright, L.A. (1957a) Calcite (optical grade). California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 176: 99-100; Weber, F.H., Jr. (1963a) Mines and mineral resources of San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines and Geology County Report 3, 309 pp.: 52-54; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 118; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 211.
  • Maine
    • Knox Co.
      • Rockland
Henry Minot
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore Co.
Minerals of Maryland (1940) Ostrander & Price, JR.
  • Montana
    • Park Co.
      • Clyde Park
        • Brackett Creek
Rocks & Min.: 18:108.
      • Livingston
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 156.
    • Sweet Grass Co.
Gobla, M.J. (2012) Montana mineral locality index. Rocks & Minerals, 87, #3, 208-240.
  • Nevada
    • Lyon Co.
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Washoe Co.
      • Sand Pass District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
  • New Mexico
    • San Miguel Co.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
AmMin 25:151
      • Picuris District
        • Trampas
Kelley V. C. (1940) Iceland spar in New Mexico. American Mineralogist 25:357-367
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