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Wavellite - Texas or Arkansas? Opinions please...

Posted by Stephanie Martin  
Stephanie Martin August 11, 2012 05:31AM
Hi All,

I obtained a wavellite specimen that is labelled Zimpleman Pass prospects, Quitman Mts, Hudspeth Co., Texas, USA.

There are no pictures in the data base to compare, so I can't determine if there has been a label mix up.

The material looks very much like Arkansas material, however I would like to know if anyone has collected wavellite there and could determine if this looks like it could come from Texas. Since this is on the far side of Texas from Arkansas, I don't know if the material there could be similar to that found in Arkansas.

Any info appreciated.
stephanie :-)

sample length approx 9 cm

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Jeff Weissman August 11, 2012 05:45AM
Stephanie - I haven't seen wavellite from Texas, this sure looks like Arkansas material to me.

Steve Hardinger August 11, 2012 05:52AM
Another vote for Arkansas, probably Mauldin Mountain Quarries, Mauldin Mt., Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA
David Von Bargen August 11, 2012 12:26PM
Zimpleman Pass is a skarn. Matrix doesn't look like that.
James Zigras August 11, 2012 01:37PM
It is not from Mauldin Mtn. It is from Avant, Garland Co, AR.
Vik Vanrusselt August 11, 2012 03:49PM
1 more vote for Avant, Garland Co.
Harold (Hal) Prior August 11, 2012 04:08PM
It is 99.99% certain to be one of the Arkansas locales. As a Texas and Arkansas collector I have never seen anything close to it from Texas.
Stephanie Martin August 11, 2012 04:17PM
Thanks All. That was my suspicion. David, yes, I had read about the skarn, my first thought was that the matrix wasn't right. Darn the skarn! :-X
I really wanted it to be a Texan wavellite :-(

As there are no pictures at all for Zimpleman Pass, I couldn't even speculate about the matrix, but my guess was that the appearance of the specimen was far too much of a coincidence to look so much like Arkansas material. Oh well, guess I have another Arkansas wavellite.

Thanks Hal for confirming.

I guess I'll go fix the label. Again. *sigh*

stephanie :-)
Peter Trebilcock August 11, 2012 06:51PM
Hi Stephanie,this may help. Its a specimen that came as part of a recently aquired collection,its uncleaned and at the moment glued to its styrafoam base,printed on to the box is the location and it looks almost identical to yours.
Regards,Peter from Cornwall
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Paul Brandes August 11, 2012 07:00PM
Sure looks like an Arkansas specimen to me as well.
As Hal mentioned, I have never seen anything like that from Texas.
Stephanie Martin August 11, 2012 10:36PM
Peter - thanks for the photo. I would agree that Avant, Garland is the most probable Arkansas location.

stephanie :-)
Harold (Hal) Prior August 11, 2012 10:39PM
After checking several of my Mauldin specimens I would also concur with the Avant locale as a best guess.
Dana Slaughter August 12, 2012 12:36AM
More specifically, Dug Hill, my opinion.
Modris Baum August 12, 2012 02:11AM
Et tu, Brute?

In other words - this one too?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/12/2012 02:17AM by Modris Baum.
James Zigras August 12, 2012 02:22AM
I should have specified that I hold 160 acres of BLM claims in Avant and Mauldin Mtn so when i stated my opinion it was more of a factual statement.
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