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RM1190   Strontianite with limonite

Oriolana mine, Busot, Alicante, Valencia, Spain

Group of strontianite crystals with an elongated pyramidal habit, forming bundles and aggregates, with color between white to colorless. These specimens appeared in a concrete area of the mine Oriolana (Busot, Alicante) and initially were identified as aragonite or calcite. Further analysis indicated that this was strontianite with some calcium. It indicates that the crystals are zoned and its composition varies within the crystal. They were determined strontianita (majority), celestite, calcite with some quartz (probably due to mechanical mixtures).

Size: 7.2 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 4 mm.
Found in 2011.

Fluorescent under long wave UV