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Fluorapatite, Albite

Fluorapatite : Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F, Albite : NaAlSi3O8
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Dimensions: 8.6 cm x 8.6 cm x 5.3 cm

8.6 x 8.6 x 5.3 cm. A remarkable, sharp, pale pink apatite crystal sits atop a nicely trimmed matrix of albite feldspar on this combination piece. The apatite measures 5 cm across. The contrast to the snow white matrix is striking. This is from a small find of around 2006-2007 as I recall. Interestingly, as a bonus, the apatite fluoresces a striking orange color under the shortwave spectrum of UV light, and a glowng yellow color under long-wave UV. Joe Budd photos.

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Photo added: 10th Mar 2012

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