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RM2075   Dravite

Yinnietharra station, Yinnietharra, Upper Gascoyne Shire, Western Australia, Australia

Dravite crystals of Yinnietharra are a classic of the world mineralogy. Today, they can only be obtained from old collections that were fortunate enough to be formed when the mines were worked. This specimen shows us a group of doubly terminated dravite crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, bright and with the characteristic color of toasted honey. They are accompanied by muscovite.
Mining for muscovite used in the electrical industry occurred on Yinnietharra station at several sites between 1922 and 1946, beryl and columbite from 1942 to 1965, and gem specimen mining after this till around 1990. Minor rare earth, uranium bearing and lithium minerals are present but have never been mined to any extent. No mining on the field has been large scale.

Size: 5.8 x 4.6 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 5.3 x 3.3 cm.
Found in ±1980.

Col. Manchion. #200. Expominer 1985.
Classic locality