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Fersmanite & Lamprophyllite


Fersmanite & Lamprophyllite

David Shannon, ex Steffen Möckel (1995).

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Eveslogchorr Mountain, Khibiny Massif, Murmansk Oblast, Russian Federation
Size Range: 
Small miniature (3-4.5 cm)
3 × 4 × 3.5 cm

This specimen has several fersmanite xls to about 9 mm. There are no euhedral faces, but some of the contacts with the matrix (second photo) appear to be linear, so perhaps there are faces hiding in there.

The color of the fersmanite is like watery coffee (or strong tea). It is associated with green aegirine blades and lamprophyllite – third and fourth photos. The larger lamprophyllite xl in the third photo is bi-terminated and a bit < 2 mm long. The smaller xl has a cross-section more typical of lamprohyllite, but it is only partial. The fourth photos shows 7.3 mm of a larger xl. At a quick glance, it looks like astrophyllite, but I don’t think it is, partly because several smaller (partial) xls on the specimen show “typical” lamprophyllite form, and this one shares some of those characteristics. But I’m not sure. I don’t have much experience with Kola. The xl is partly embedded in – something. It shows up in the upper left in the macro photo.

The matrix appears to be feldspar, but there may be more than one species. Some of it looks altered and almost looks like epistolite or some other alteration product of vuonnemite. But these are not found at this locality.

Weight 1.7 oz. Single item shipping weight 2.8 oz. Up to a total weight <= 4 oz, this can be combined with other items for the same postage.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock


Type Locality: 
Vein No. 1 of Labuntsov, 3rd left tributary of Vuonnemijok river (Astrophillytovyi stream), Eveslogchorr Mt, Khibiny Massif, Kola peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia...


Type Locality: 
Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia...
LMB minerals

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