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Snowflake Obsidian

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Colour:
Usually black with white patches.
A variety of Obsidian

A rock - a natural volcanic glass containing white 'snowflake' crystal patterns of the mineral cristobalite, originated due to partial crystallisation of the glass.

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Physical Properties of Snowflake ObsidianHide

Colour:
Usually black with white patches.

Synonyms of Snowflake ObsidianHide

Other Language Names for Snowflake ObsidianHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Cristobalite3 photos of Snowflake Obsidian associated with Cristobalite on mindat.org.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
Obsidian is a natural glass and may have razor-sharp edges that can easily cut skin and flesh. Handle with care. Do not grind dry since long-term exposure to finely ground powder may lead to silicosis.

Internet Links for Snowflake ObsidianHide

Localities for Snowflake ObsidianHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- 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.
Argentina
 
  • Catamarca
    • Antofagasta de la Sierra Department
Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry
USA
 
  • Utah
    • Millard Co.
      • Black Rock Desert
www.cst.cmich.edu/users/dietr1rv/obsidian.htm ; Utah Geological Survey
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