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Elbaite from
Mount Mica Quarry (Mount Mica Mine), Paris, Oxford County, Maine, USA

Locality type:Quarry
Classification
Species:Elbaite
Formula:Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Comments:In 1904, the world's largest elbaite crystal record was held by Mount Mica Quarry and the specimen was illustrated by Bastin (1911).
Habit:Prismatic crystals showing a variety of terminations: pedion, trigonal pyramidid, and occasionally a ditrigonal pyramid.
Colour:Green, Red, Colorless, Blue, may be concentrically zoned in "watermelon" style or longitudinally color zoned.
Luminescent properties:Pink crystals sometimes fluoresce weakly to moderately in SW
Quality for species:Excellent - world class for species or very significant. (!!)
Abundance at site:Common
Confirmation
Validity:Confirmed
Confirmation Methods:Wet Chemical
References
References:King, V. T. and Foord, E. E., 1994, Mineralogy of Maine, Descriptive Mineralogy, volume 1, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, USA, pp. 418 + 88 plates.; Encar Roda-Robles, William Simmons, Alexander Falster, Alfonso Pesquera, Pedro-Pablo Gil-Crespo (2018) Paragenetic and compositional evolution of tourmaline from the Mt. Mica pegmatite (Maine, USA). in abstracts of the 22nd IMA Meeting Melbourne p 498
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz15 photos of Elbaite associated with Quartz at this locality.
Albite8 photos of Elbaite associated with Albite at this locality.
Lepidolite7 photos of Elbaite associated with Lepidolite at this locality.
Cookeite5 photos of Elbaite associated with Cookeite at this locality.
Muscovite4 photos of Elbaite associated with Muscovite at this locality.
Cleavelandite4 photos of Elbaite associated with Cleavelandite at this locality.
Foitite1 photo of Elbaite associated with Foitite at this locality.
Pollucite1 photo of Elbaite associated with Pollucite at this locality.
Tourmaline1 photo of Elbaite associated with Tourmaline at this locality.
Data
Mineral Data:Click here to view Elbaite data
Locality Data:Click here to view Mount Mica Quarry (Mount Mica Mine), Paris, Oxford County, Maine, USA
Photo GalleryView Gallery (60 photos)
Nearest other occurrences of Elbaite
2.9km (1.8 miles) Ryerson Hill Quarries, Paris, Oxford County, Maine, USA
4.5km (2.8 miles) Bennett Quarry, Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, USA
5.7km (3.5 miles) GE-SE Mine, Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, USA
5.7km (3.5 miles) Streaked Mountain, Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, USA
6.2km (3.8 miles) Westinghouse Quarry (Dudley Ledge Quarry; Irish Quarry; Lewis Quarry), Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, USA
6.6km (4.1 miles) Mount Marie Quarries, Paris, Oxford County, Maine, USA
7.1km (4.4 miles) Ski Pike Quarry, West Paris, Oxford County, Maine, USA
9.3km (5.8 miles) Mount Rubellite Quarries, Hebron, Oxford County, Maine, USA
12.0km (7.4 miles) B.B. No. 7 Quarry, Norway, Oxford County, Maine, USA
13.3km (8.3 miles) Waisanen Quarry (Tamminen-Waisanen Quarry), Greenwood, Oxford County, Maine, USA
 
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