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Posted by Rock Currier  
Olav Revheim June 20, 2012 08:20AM
Thanks for the links Ronald.

I've added a few sentences on the amphibole composition to your text.


Ronald John Gyllenhammer June 20, 2012 12:08PM
Hi Tom and Wayne,

> "I must agree with Wayne, you have collected some very nice Afrvedsonite from Hurricane Mt."

Thank you both, you have given me kind but undue credit for having collected these specimens. I have personally collected at Hurricane Mt. only 3 times. My self collected Arfvedsonites are a maximum of about 3cm and only a few are terminated nicely. I am proud of them nonetheless. Some of the very best specimens I have in my collection are the specimens pictured in this thread and all of these are specimens collected by either Ken Canning, Sr. or Ernie Schlichter, both well known New England collectors who have since passed away. I do have in my collection an Arfvedsonite specimen that I consider quite important, one that was field collected by Peter Samuelson, then went to Ernie Schlichter and finally I obtained it from Ernie. The specimen is nearly matrix free and weighs about 10 ounces. The maximum dimensions are a staggering 11.5 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm. I will try to image and upload this specimen sometime this week.

Best Regards,

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/20/2012 04:58PM by Ronald John Gyllenhammer.
Ronald John Gyllenhammer June 20, 2012 03:59PM
Hi Olav,

Thanks for the addition to the text. I've completed the upload of images you've asked for and have also uploaded images of another specimen. It's an exceptionally large Arfvedsonite from the same locality, perhaps it can be used in best minerals as well. All the best.

Olav Revheim June 20, 2012 09:11PM
Thanks Ronald, I've updated the article

Wayne Corwin June 21, 2012 02:48AM

There still nice specimens !
I know Peter Samuelson and knew Ernie Schlichter, so I understand why there good !
I'm looking foward to seeing the 10 ounce Crystal photo's :-D
I've only been to Hurricane Mt. twice, and only did fair, corse it lightninged both times ;-)

Wayne Corwin
László Horváth June 21, 2012 12:33PM
I would just like to add some information to the Mont Saint-Hilaire arfvedsonite or rather arfvedsonites. Recent analytical work (yet unpublished) on MSH amphiboles confirmed the following valid species:
In addition there are at least 5 unapproved "named amphiboles" with arfvedsonite root names, which are potentially new species. Based on this recent work, arfvedsonite sensu stricto (s.s.) is actually uncommon, which is at variance with earlier, rather scant data (Horváth & Gault 1990 etc.). There is no way to visually identify any of these species and when labeling specimens one should bear this in mind. Existing labels on specimens, unless specifically analyzed, are most likely wrong. As with large groups like the Eudialyte group unanalyzed specimens should be labeled to reflect that (i.e. eudialyte group). Arfvedsonite series or arfvedsonite sunsu lato (s.l.) on the labels may be the preferrable way to go.
Modris Baum June 21, 2012 01:51PM
In order to follow Laszlo's advice for Mindat postings, we need someone to add "arfvedsonite series" (or similar) to the Mindat list.
Being a "lumper", I don't much care what name is used.

Thanks - Modris
Olav Revheim June 21, 2012 07:15PM
Thank you very much for your input. I've added your text to the article.

Good question :-)


Tom Mortimer June 21, 2012 07:29PM
Re:” Arfvedsonite, United States, New Hampshire, Carroll County, near Moultonboro, at Red Hill”

Pirsson and Washington authored a comprehensive article “On Red Hill, Moultonboro, NH” in the “American Journal of Science” 1907, v. 27, pgs 257-275, 433-447). The article has three notations of arfvedsonite:
pg 264, “The rock in the quarry in the field opposite the Horne farmhouse is cut by an aplitic dike of about six inches wide of a light gray. It is an arfvedsonitic liparase or paisanite.”
pg 266, “cataphorite-arfvedsonite” observed in microscopic thin sections from the Horne quarry rock.
pg 268, “the hornblende of the Red Hill rock is probably near cataphorite, at times inclining to arfvedsonite.”

None of these notations would seem to be a ringing endorsement for anything more than microscopic arfvedsonite occurring at Red Hill. New Hampshire collectors label the abundant Red Hill black amphibole as hastingsite, following the study by Quinn (“Petrology of the Alkaline Rocks at Red Hill, New Hampshire’ Bulletin, Geological Society of America v.48, 1937, p. 373-402.), and referenced by Meyers and Stewart, p. 8, “Quinn has shown that it (hastingsite) is quite abundant in the outer coarse syenite and nepheline-sodalite syenite of Red Hill, while large bladed hastingsite , 2x6 centimeters is present in the amphibole pegmatite of the area.”

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/21/2012 07:53PM by Tom Mortimer.
Tom Mortimer June 21, 2012 08:16PM
The given arfvedsonite reference for Myers and Stewart (1956) “The Geology of New Hampshire -- Part III, Minerals and Mines” pg 55, may be incorrect. My fifth printing edition (1977) has no reference for arfvedsonite on page 55, although (on this page) Red Hill is noted within the discussion of “SPHENE (Titanite).”
This fifth edition makes no mention of New Hampshire arfvedsonite in its discussion of the amphibole mineral group, pgs 7 – 10.
Olav Revheim June 22, 2012 08:59AM

Thank you for your input, much appreciated. What you say is very much in line with new literature as well, see William B.Size (1972) Petrology of the Red Hill Syenitic Complex, New Hampshire Geological Society of America Bulletin, December 1972, v. 83, no. 12, p. 3747-3760. and also Deer, Howie and Sussman, rock forming minerals- double chain silicates, page 455. The amphibole composition in the various rocks of the Red Hill Complex is not straight forward.

On a general basis, I try to find modern ( i.e post 1980) references for amphiboles as the older references ( pre-1950) tend to rely heavily on optical properties for amphibole identification, but in this case newer and older literature are aligned.

Based on your input, I have removed the Red Hill entry in this article, and I think that an update of the Red Hill locality page should be done as well. As I am not at all familiar with the area, I would appreciate if you could comment on the following:

1) Are the large crystals found in association with "the outher coarse syenite", or associated with the nepheline-sodalite syenite? According to Deer et all ( see above), the amphiboles of the nepheline-sodalite syenite "range from ferropargasite through magnesiohastingsite to hastingsite, to taramite and katophorite". This may seem as a big range of different amphiboles, but in reality it may only describe small changes in the Al/Fe3+, Mg/Fe2+ and Na/Ca ratios.

2) Do you agree that the arfvedsonite entry should cange status to "erroneously reported" on the locality page?


Olav Revheim June 22, 2012 09:25AM

Based on the inofmration provided by Tom Mortiner, I hope you don't mind that I removed the Red Hill entry from the article.

Spencer Ivan Mather June 22, 2012 11:12AM
Hi Olav, When I lived in Norway I collected many good Hornblende crystals from a famous Kragero occurence, do you now what kind of hornblende these are?
Olav Revheim June 22, 2012 11:49AM

I am not aware of any analysis done on the hornblende from Stussdalen, but older analysis from similar occurances in the same area indicates that the amphiboles are somewhere inbetween actinolite and magnesiohornblende, sometimes also with a small edenite component. i.e a little bit Na in the A posiition, mostly Ca in the B position, Mg>>Fe>0 in the C position and sufficient Al to make the composition near borderline between actinolite and magnesiohornblende.

I think hornblende is a perfectly good name to put on the label.


Ronald John Gyllenhammer June 22, 2012 03:02PM
Hi Olav,

> "Based on the infomation provided by Tom Mortiner, I hope you don't mind that I removed the Red Hill entry from the article."

I completely agree. The line I wrote in the Red Hill entry, "Specimens from this location seem extremely limited and unavailable to observe or characterize." says it all. My entry on Red Hill was more or less intended to be thorough and address it's proported existence only and since this is a "Best Minerals" article, the Red Hill entry is neither relevant nor necessary here.


EDIT: Additionally, the following text "The crystals observed ranged in size from 1cm to 5cm, although longer prisms have been observed. The largest crystals of Arfvedsonite observed were about 5.0 cm long with one specimen being over 2.0 cm wide." could be changed to read, " Most crystals observed ranged in size from 1cm to 5cm long, although longer prisms have been observed. The largest crystal of Arfvedsonite observed measured approximately 11.5 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2012 03:37PM by Ronald John Gyllenhammer.
Tom Mortimer June 22, 2012 06:20PM
Large black amphibole crystals are quite abundant in the "the outer coarse syenite", of the Red Hill complex. New Hampshire collectors have taken these to be the hastingsite of Quinn. I have personally collected many specimens, (photo below – 3 cm crystal section in syenite). All that I have found are fully embedded in the syenite, resulting in specimens of broken hastingsite sections. I have not seen the 1972 William Size reference; I will try and track it down.
As far as the arfvedsonite being “erroneously reported” from Red Hill, given the complex chemistry of this group it is certainly possible that the report by Pirsson and Washington that arfvedsonite was observed in thin sections of the Horne Quarry rock may be valid.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2012 10:46PM by Tom Mortimer.
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Olav Revheim June 26, 2012 11:34AM
I have completed the first draft of this article. I'd like to thank all that have contributed so far. This is still only a draft, so any additional comments, suggestions, information or corrections are highly welcome.

Rock Currier June 27, 2012 10:56AM
You need to change my name out at the top ans replace it with yours. The thread I created was only a place holder. You are doing the work on it and your name should be at the top, not mine.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Andrey Vishnevskiy October 01, 2014 05:35AM
Hello everyone. Here are some more arfvedsonite from Mongolia.
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Olav Revheim October 01, 2014 05:57AM

Thank you very much for sharing these photos. I will add them to the article within a couple of days. I can see from the photo of Maria Cherdantseva holding the largest crystal that she also holds a handful of other, smaller crystals, are arfvedsonite crystals common in these pegmatites? The largest crystal you recovered is the 19 cm crystal, but how large are an "average" crystal? I think that I will be able to find some infromation on the geology of these pegmatites, but any information you can provide will be appreciated.

Thanks and regards

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