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About KeriteHide

An organic material found during pegmatite mining in the Volynski region of Ukraine as black fibrous aggregate of short, curving interlaced fibres of average diameter 14.7 microns.

Although it is claimed in some publications that this material was found in the pegmatite chamber of the Volynski pegmatites of the Ukraine, recent research has shown it to be of biogenic origin, and almost certainly fossilized ancient cyanobacterial mats (Gorlenko, 2000).

Pronounciation of KeriteHide

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Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

First Recorded Occurrence of KeriteHide

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No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for KeriteHide

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Mineralogical Almanac Vol. 12 (2007) p. 107.
V.M. Gorlenko, S.I. Zhmur et al. (2000): Fine Structure of Fossilized Bacteria in Volyn Kerite. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 30 (6), 567-577.
S.I. Zhmur (2003): Origin of Cambrian Fibrous Kerites of the Volyn Region. Lithology and Mineral Resources 38, 55-73.
V.T. Lukjanova & R.V. Lovzora (1994): Carbon fibers in nature. Carbon 32 (5), 777-783.

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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Ukraine (FRL)
  • Zhytomyr Oblast
Mineralogical Almanac 2007 Vol 12
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