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RM2948   Celestine and sulphur

Machów mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland

In this specimen we can observe a group of celestine crystals with a highly developed prism and small but well defined terminal faces. They are transparent, which allows us to observe a marked color zoning with honeyed tones in the lower middle part and colorless in the upper part. They are disposed on a matrix with sulphur. This specimen belongs from the former Joan Astor collection and we will send the handwritten label to the buyer.

Abstract from Gradowski et al. (1992): "Sulphur deposits being surface mined in the Tarnobrzeg area of Poland formed post-depositionally in the vuggy limestone layer above gypsum and anhydrite beds. Sulphur was deposited mostly as powder but also as coarsely crystalline masses and as free-growing crystals. Other materials present in the sulphur-bearing horizon include calcite, gypsum, quartz, aluminum oxide, celestine, and barite. Mineral specimens of these minerals collected at the mine are described."
Gradowski, J. and Kubiak, W.W. (1992) The Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Poland. The Mineralogical Record: 23(1): 29-32.

Size: 4 x 3.9 x 3.2 cm.
Main crystal: 2.3 cm.
Found in ±1990.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).