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RM2672   Achtaragdite, hydrogrossular-chlorite-carbonate pseudomorph

Akhtaragda River mouth, Vilyui River Basin, Mirninsky, Sakha Republic, Russia

Achtaragdite is a unique, rare and poorly understood pseudomorph, from this remote Siberian locality that is the Type Locality for grossular garnet. It is a variety of the grossular-hibschite garnet series and is (technically, according to mindat) a hydrogrossular-chlorite-carbonate pseudomorph after what was formerly considered to be wadalite or some other rare hydrogarnet. The real precursor mineral for these pseudomorphs is now considered to be helvite.

Size: 3.8 x 3.3 x 2 cm.
Found in ± 1976.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).