Bikitaite : LiAlSi2O6·H2O

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Bikitaite : LiAlSi2O6·H2O

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Dimensions: 2.7 cm x 0.5 cm x 0.3 cm

A world-class bikitaite thumbnail group from the Foote Lithium Co. Mine in the King's Mountain District of Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA! The bikitaite formed elongated, thin, colorless crystals up to 2.7 cm! This thumbnail is surely among the top percentage of all bikitaite that exists, from anywhere. Bikitaite is a rare Li-Al silicate and is only known from two localities, Bikita, Zimbabwe and the Foote Mine, the best by far coming from the Foote. This specimen features two long, thin, platy bikitaite crystals, one piercing right through the other! Groupings are very rare and this example is competition-level! The Foote Mine began operations in about 1938. It is famous for rare phosphates and silicates, boasting an impressive list of over 150 species! In it's prime, the Foote produced some of the finest fluorapatite and bikitaite in the world, along with many other minerals such as rhodochrosite, lithiophyllite, roscherite, fairfieldite, childrenite, etc. The mine has since ceased operations and is now flooded. Material from this rather obscure U.S locality is very hard to find on the market today, and typically consists of small micromounts. 2.7 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm. Blake Barnett photo and specimen.

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Photo added:20th Nov 2015
Dimensions:3999x6029px (24.11 megapixels)
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