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Forsterite from
Katukubura Hills, Kolonne (Kolonna; "Kollonne"), Embilipitiya (Embilipitya; Ambilipitiya), Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Locality type:Hill
Comments:The forsterite from this locality has a relateively high fayalite content, and is promoted as dunilite in the gem market. The composition is published as CaO: 0.09, MgO:38.87, MnO: 0.31, FeO: 21.69, SiO2: 37.61. Total 98.57 wt% ( Dunil Palitha Gunaseker(2008): Dunilite- Discovered by Mr Dunil Palitha Gunasekera ).

Individual crystals up to 30cm are known, often with a tabular habitus and dark grayish green colour. Twins and crystal aggregates are not rare. (Muller)
Quality for species:Good crystals or rich for species - important (!)
Validity:Believed Valid
References:Mineralogical Record (2001) 32:253; Müller, H. D. & Jahn, S. (2006): Kolonne bei Embilipitiya auf Sri Lanka-eine interessante Fundstelle für Olivin, Hornblende und Spinelle. Mineralien Welt 17 (4): 44-51.
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz6 photos of Forsterite associated with Quartz at this locality.
Calcite3 photos of Forsterite associated with Calcite at this locality.
Spinel3 photos of Forsterite associated with Spinel at this locality.
Mineral Data:Click here to view Forsterite data
Locality Data:Click here to view Katukubura Hills, Kolonne (Kolonna; "Kollonne"), Embilipitiya (Embilipitya; Ambilipitiya), Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
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