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Identity HelpSlawsonite?

27th Jan 2020 15:28 UTCNathan Stancil

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This was found in Alleghany County, VA beside a creek beneath popular rock formations Rainbow Rock and Devil's Backbone. My research tells me slawsonite has only been reported in less than 10 places worldwide, could this be another rare find?

27th Jan 2020 16:02 UTCKevin Conroy Manager

You would have to get this analyzed to confirm slawsonite.   It's much more likely to be something more common, like baryte.

27th Jan 2020 17:13 UTCUwe Kolitsch Manager

Baryte is a very good bet.

27th Jan 2020 19:49 UTCFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Slawsonite has been reported, albeit not commonly, from a mine working a manganese ore deposit in Alleghany County, North Carolina, but I have to say this may be one of the few times I've seen someone think they collected a mineral that even most mineral collectors have never heard of.

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