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Axel Emmermann's Photo Gallery

85L-VG2Scheelite, Calcite

Multiple photos available
Dongshan Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Dimensions: 110 mm x 70 mm x 35 mm
Field of View: 50 mm

A scheelite crystal sits next to a calcite crystal on a matrix of nonfluorescent fluorite. This photo was taken in UV-C and UV-B (254 nm and 312 nm) combined.
Copyright: © Axel Emmermann      Photo ID: 940512     Uploaded by: Axel Emmermann   View Count: 25   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 5184 x 3456 pixels (17.9 Mpix)

QMD-UWEWillemite, Calcite, Tephroite

Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

Dimensions: 70 mm x 55 mm x 32 mm

Red fluorescent calcite and green fluorescent willemite in non-fluorescent tephroite. The photo was taken under short wave UV (254 nm). Vey peculiar are the thin parallel lines of green fluorescent willemite. These were formed due to exsolution of the willemite from the original zincoan tephroite. When that originally very hot Zn-tephroite body cooled over a considerable period of time, the zinc ions no longer fitted in the tephroite structure and were squeezed out as the zinc slicate: willemite. This willemite formed in the parallel cracks, which formed due to the shrinking of the cooling rock. Logically, the cracks formed along the crystal planes of the tephroite. Utimately, this is the reason why these thin fluorescent lines are so neatly ordered. Both calcite and willemite fluoresce due to the presence of divalent manganese, which was derived from the surrounding tephroite, a manganese silicate. One would expect the tephroite to fluoresce too as it is , after all, a silicate of manganese, the ion that causes the fluorescence in calcite and willemite. It is, however, non-fluorescent due to a phenomenon called concentration-quenching.
Copyright: © Axel Emmermann      Photo ID: 940180     Uploaded by: Axel Emmermann   View Count: 18   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 5184 x 3456 pixels (17.9 Mpix)

6CR-MM6Apatite

Jumilla, Murcia, Spain

The specimen's height is approximately 4 cm.
The orange-pink fluorescing apatite is embedded in "jumillaite", a mixture of calcite, analcime, leucite and other hydrothermally formed minerals in the volcanic rock of Jumilla, Murcia, Spain. Jumillaite often fluoresces white to sky-blue and has a strong phosporescence in the same color.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 400D with NIKKOR 55mm Macro lens: f11, 6 seconds, ISO 400. UV-source (253.7 nm) is a UV-Systems SuperBright SW 2000.
Copyright: © Axel Emmermann      Photo ID: 203882     Uploaded by: Axel Emmermann   View Count: 709   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 945 x 630 pixels (0.6 Mpix)
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