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Green Fire Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude: 36° North , 118° West (est.)
Margin of Error:~406km
Locality type:Mine

The Green Fire Mine is similar in geology and paragenesis to the Yellow Cat Mine, also in the Clear Creek Area. It is notable for andradite garnets going from colorless over yellow to green. The crystals are almost exclusively classic, simple dodecahedrons. Amber colored garnets from here are often labelled as "topazolte", green garnets are called "demantoid". Most garnets formed on clinochlore, often in close association of colorless to white, prismatic diopside crystals. Some garnets also have diopside inclusions.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

4 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Reference: Joseph Freilich.
Formula: Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: Herwig Pelckmans collection
Formula: CaMgSi2O6
Reference: Herwig Pelckmans collection
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Daniel Evanich Collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 9 - Silicates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra

List of minerals for each chemical element

H ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
O ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Mg ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Mg DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Al ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Si ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Ca AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Ca DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Fe AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4

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