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Ambatofotsikely pegmatite, Fidirana Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 19° 26' 6'' South , 46° 27' 4'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -19.435, 46.4511111111
Name(s) in local language(s):Ambatofotsikely, Kaominina Fidirana, Distrikan' i Betafo, Faritra Vakinankaratra, Faritanin' Antananarivo, Madagasikara

A granite LCT pegmatite, Beryll-Columbite subtype. It is situated about 1 km north of the village of ambatofotsikely (Ambatofotsy Carole), 22 km north-northwest of Ankazomiriotra and 74 km northwestof Antsirabe

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15 valid minerals.

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Lacroix, A. (1922): Minéralogie de Madagascar. Tome 2. Minéralogie appliquée, lithologie. Augustin Challamel (Éditeur), Paris. p. 278-279.

Behier, J. (1963): Carte mineralogique de Madagascar. Archive Service Géologique Madagascar. A 1871

Besairie H. (1966): Les Gites Minéraux de Madagascar. Annales Géologiques de Madagascar, Tananarive. 34, p. 390

Tarantino, S. C, Zema M. (2005): Mixing and ordering behavior in manganocolumbite-ferrocolumbite solid solution: A single-crystal X-ray diffraction study. American Mineralogist 90: 1291-1300. [sample of Columbite-(Fe) from Ambatofotsikely used in this study]

Danet, F.,Schoor, M.,Boulliard, J-C., Neuville, D.R., Beyssac, O. and Bourgoin, V. (2012): Inclusions in Aquamarine from Ambatofotsikely, Madagascar. Gems & Gemology. Falls 2012. Volume 48, No. 3

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