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Is this harmotome or analcime?

Posted by David Weiss  
David Weiss March 03, 2012 01:40PM
Acquired specimen recently. Dealer claims that it's from the Thura - Tunguska River Basin in Siberia Russia. I can't find any record of harmotome from that location, and the minerals habit reminds me of analcime. So two questions. Has harmotome been found in that location, and based on the picture, what species do you believe it to be? Thanks!
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Ronald John Gyllenhammer March 03, 2012 03:01PM
> "...what species do you believe it to be?"

Hi David,

It looks like Analcime to me but you will be the best judge since you have it there. The locality is well known for great examples of Analcime. There are some differences between the two that can help you distinguish one from another. The characteristic shapes of both is a good place to start. Take a look at the crystal atlas rotating animation (especially #2) on the Analcime page here. Does it have any evidence of good cleavage? Harmotome will often show a good cleavage, Analcime won't. Also Analcime is a bit harder. Good luck with it.


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Johan Kjellman March 03, 2012 06:04PM
I don't know how rare it is, but bear in mind that both harmotome and phillipsite can occur in complex twins with pseudocubic symmetry. I am NOT suggesting that it is the case here, just a possibility.

Ferdinando Giovine March 03, 2012 07:51PM
I think this is a Analcime group specimen
Paul Brandes March 04, 2012 03:00AM
Those look a lot like the analcimes one would find in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, another basalt deposit.
Eligiusz Szełęg March 23, 2012 04:02PM
Classic analcime sample from Tunguska River locality
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