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Obsidian With Cristobalite

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Obsidian With Cristobalite

ex Marcus Lueg personal collection

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Description
Locality: 
Krafla Volcano, Myvatn, Skútustaðahreppur, Northeastern Region, Iceland
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Cabinet (10-18 cm)
Size: 
8 × 10 × 4.5 cm
Weight: 
271.00gr
Description

Black, glassy obsidian with conchoidal fractures hosting geodes lined with grey, hemispherical aggregates of crystobalite. The "eyes" or spheres of high temperature cristobalite are actually the result of devitrification, or loss of silica from the obsidian. An excellent example for the species.

This specimen resembles strongly the ones from "Cougar Butte occurrence, Cougar Butte, Cascade Range, Siskiyou Co., California, USA", whereas I was not able to find references for this type of obsidian from iceland. This must not necessarily mean that the locality is wrong, but it is a little bit doubtful to me.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Cristobalite

Formula: 
SiO2
Strunz: 
4.DA.15
Crystal System: 
Tetragonal - Trapezohedral
Hardness: 
6.0 - 7.0
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Cerro San Cristóbal, Mun. de Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

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