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Gem Sodalite occurrence, Ladjuar Medam (Lajur Madan; Lapis-lazuli Mine; Lapis-lazuli deposit), Sar-e Sang (Sar Sang; Sary Sang), Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley), Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistani
Regional Level Types
Gem Sodalite occurrenceOccurrence
Ladjuar Medam (Lajur Madan; Lapis-lazuli Mine; Lapis-lazuli deposit)- not defined -
Sar-e Sang (Sar Sang; Sary Sang)- not defined -
Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley)Valley
Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts- not defined -
BadakhshanProvince
AfghanistanCountry

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° North , 70° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~1km
Locality type:Occurrence
Köppen climate type:ET : Tundra


Paragenesis of specimens shows that the sulfur wurtzite, colusite, etc. are associated with gem sodalites that permanently darken under UV.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


7 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.
Colusite
Formula: Cu13VAs3S16
Description: Composition similar To Carara Colusites
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.
Nosean
Formula: Na8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.
Sodalite
Formula: Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
Reference: RWMW Collection
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.
Wurtzite
Formula: (Zn,Fe)S
Colour: orange
Description: Some of these may be Rambergites as the analysed material was just shy of the 50/50 mark dividing Wurtzite and Rambergite.
Reference: Moore, T.P.,Woodside, R.M.W. (2014): The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record 45 (3), 280-336.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Colusite2.CB.30Cu13VAs3S16
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Wurtzite2.CB.45(Zn,Fe)S
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Nosean9.FB.10Na8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
Sodalite9.FB.10Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Wurtzite2.8.7.1(Zn,Fe)S
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø > 4
Colusite3.1.1.1Cu13VAs3S16
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework Feldspathoids and related species
Nosean76.2.3.2Na8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
Sodalite76.2.3.1Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
O CalciteCaCO3
O NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
NaSodium
Na SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
Na NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
AlAluminium
Al SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
Al NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
SiSilicon
Si SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
Si NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
SSulfur
S ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
S PyriteFeS2
S SulphurS8
S Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)S
S NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2O
ClChlorine
Cl SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
VVanadium
V ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
CuCopper
Cu ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
ZnZinc
Zn Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)S
AsArsenic
As ColusiteCu13VAs3S16

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Moore, T.P. and Woodside, R.W.M. (2014) The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines, Kuran Wa Munjan district, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Mineralogical Record, 45(3), 280-336.


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