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MGR763923

Apatite

Floater

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Description
Locality: 
Gandahab, Ghalanai, Chārsadda District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
Class: 
Crystal Group/Cluster
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
8.5 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm
Description

An exceptional specimen - it is developed as floater and consits of several inter-grown apatite crystals. They show excellent luster and sharp termination. The stepped edges are powdered with dark chlorite, which looks like a sharp framing for each of the faces. The dimension, the sharpness and the luster of this piece are out-standing even for international standards. This material looks very similar to specimen from Alps and I wouldn´t rank it less - pieces in this quality, in this dimension, such well formed with even this attractive framing are not lees rare than any alpine sample.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Apatite

Synonym Of: 

Chlorapatite

Formula: 
Ca5(PO4)3Cl
Strunz: 
8.BN.05
Hardness: 
5.0

Fluorapatite

Formula: 
Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F
Strunz: 
8.BN.05
Hardness: 
5.0

Hydroxylapatite

Formula: 
Ca5(PO4)3(OH)
Strunz: 
8.BN.05
Hardness: 
5.0
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
5
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