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Fluorapatite

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Locality: 
Bom Sucesso #4 Quarry, Chãs de Tavares, Mangualde, Viseu District, Portugal
Class: 
Crystal Group/Cluster
Size Range: 
Thumbnail (1-3cm)
Size: 
1.7 × 1.1 × 0.7 cm
Description

Yes, this is another fluorapatite from Portugal…. but no, it is not from Panasqueira!. It was found in 2015 at the Bom Sucesso No. 4 Quarry. This small but nice specimen features a group of attractive purple coloured, short prismatic crystals of fluorapatite with nice blue reflects. The definition of the faces, with typical striations, is very evident and the lustre is superb!. Some minor damage is present but the rarity of the locality and intense purple colour equilibrate the quality of this specimen.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Fluorapatite

Formula: 
Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F
Strunz: 
8.BN.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
5.0
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Sauberg Mine, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

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