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Volker Betz's Photo Gallery

GFA-XUUOffretite, Phillipsite, Faujasite, Chabazite

Bonacker quarry, Gedern, Vogelsberg, Hesse, Germany

Field of View: 2 mm

This vug shows a combination of Faujasite (octahedrons), offretite (white lenses with clear inner zone), blue-gray spheres of phillipsite and a irregular ball of most likely chabazite. This kind of material was found around 1995 from Gerhard Braun. Zeolite collection of Volker Betz.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 921983     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 56   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4677 x 3328 pixels (15.6 Mpix)

HTM-L7YFluorapatite, Calcite, Hematite

Nuestra Señora del Carmen Mines, La Celia, Jumilla, Murcia, Spain

Field of View: 8 mm

Red fluorescent fluorapatite crystals (UV at 254 nm) with bue-white fluorescent calcite. Also present is hematite, not visible in the picture. Left picture shows the view in day light.

The fluoerscence of the Jumilla fluorapatite was first mentioned by:

Haberlandt, H.E.(1954): Lumineszenzuntersuchungen an Fluoriten und anderen Mineralien V. – Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse – 163: 375 - 399.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 911999     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 20   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2000 x 1364 pixels (2.7 Mpix)

HC4-XWLChabazite

Punta del Aguila, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote, Las Palmas Province, Canary Islands, Spain

Largest Crystal Size: 3 mm

A multiple twinned Chabazite crystal with unusual prismatic faces. Its is associated with small crystals of analcime and phillipsite (not visible). Most likely it is a chabazite-Na crystal, but not analysed.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 909107     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 26   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4261 x 3456 pixels (14.7 Mpix)

FT7-UQ6Keckite, Rockbridgeite

Hagendorf South Pegmatite, Hagendorf, Waidhaus, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany

Field of View: 5 mm

Radiating orange keckite in vugs of rockbridgeite. Type material for new determination of chemical formula (Hochleitner & Fehr 2010).



Strahliger Keckit in Rockbridgeit-Drusen. Typusmaterial zur Neubestimmung der Formel (Hochleitner & Fehr 2010). Foto Mineralogische Staatssammlung.
Copyright: © Mineralogische Staatssammlung, München, Bayern.      Photo ID: 908706     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 24   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1803 x 1065 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

Erich Keck

Erich Keck (* 1938), looking forward to the first sip of beer during a trip in Czech Republic.
Keckite is named after him. His very large collection of Hagendorf minerals is now preserved for future times at Mineralogische Staatssammlung, München.

Copyright: © Brigitte Schütze      Photo ID: 908659     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 16   Approval status: User gallery    Type: Photo - 2448 x 3264 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

M16-Q85Pyrite

Vlotho, Herford, Eastern Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Largest Crystal Size: 9 mm

Iron cross twin of pyrite with a thin coating of limonite. Secured in its original position in marl matrix.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 905776     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 60   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2000 x 2021 pixels (4.0 Mpix)

Q4H-5L7Prehnite, Epidote, Quartz (Var: Rock Crystal)

Road 744 road cut, Skagi peninsula, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Largest Crystal Size: 0.7 mm

Tabular prehnite crystal with epidote on quartz.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 901736     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 39   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2000 x 2123 pixels (4.2 Mpix)

9E4-APNGobbinsite

Poudrette quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada

Field of View: 4 mm

Complex twinned cluster of gobbinsite crystals from MSH. Zeolite collection of Volker Betz.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 897946     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 52   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3456 x 3509 pixels (12.1 Mpix)

FG8-JQMOsumilite-(Mg), Wollastonite

Caspar quarry, Bellerberg volcano, Ettringen, Mayen, Mayen-Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Largest Crystal Size: 0.5 mm

Short prismatic osumilite-(Mg) crystal with wollastonite.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 891533     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 63   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2996 x 3106 pixels (9.3 Mpix)

JLX-698Gonnardite, Chabazite-Na, Lévyne, Phillipsite

Punta del Aguila, Playa Blanca, Yaiza, Lanzarote, Las Palmas Province, Canary Islands, Spain

Field of View: 22 mm

Vug in basaltic matrix with two dull yellowish spheres of gonnardite (XRD confirmed), phacolitic chabazite-Na (left side), hexagonal, tabular levyne and some tiny phillipsite-Na. Collected in january 2017 from a rock dump, which rocks are originally most likely from the coast at the marina. The same rock also contains spheres which have been considered as phillipsite-Na until XRD results showed it is gobbinsite.
Copyright: © Volker Betz (2018)      Photo ID: 886136     Uploaded by: Volker Betz   View Count: 54   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 5265 x 3814 pixels (20.1 Mpix)
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