Almandine : Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3

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Almandine : Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3

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Almandine crystal embedded in quartz. These are the best developed crystals from this location, and normally is of good quality. This one is 1,8 cm across.

The garnets from the primary pegmatites in the general Evje/Iveland area are all of intermediate composition between almandine and spessartine, often with some Y2O3. Most of then have Mn>Fe and can be called spessartine. At the Steli quarry the almandine component has been dominant in the analysed samples.

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Photo added: 24th Aug 2009