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Native Titanium

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Description
Locality: 
Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Krai, Russian Federation
Class: 
Single Crystal
Size Range: 
Micromount (under 1cm)
Size: 
0.02 × 0.02 × 0.02 cm
Description

Small single crystal of pure, analyticaly confirmed by microprobe native Titanium composed by its sceletal crystals (dendrites) from the First scoria cone, Northern Breakthrough, Great Fissure Eruption of 1986, Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka peninsula Russian Federation.

Titanium is, without any doubt, one of the rarest native elements ever discovered.

This is part of material described in the article Glavatskih S.F., Gorshkov A.I., e.a. (1992) Natural analogue of α-Titanium in exhalations products of Big Fissure Tolbachik Eruption (Kamchatka). Doklady RAN, 327, №1, pp. 126-130 (in Russian).

Together with the specimen you will receive its certificate with the titanium analysis, SEM photo with marked point of analysis, EDX spectrum and description of the find. The reason of the coin as a support is that a conductive surface is needed in order to analyze the specimen by SEM/EDX. However this coin can be very easily removed if desired by the buyer. Presence of oxygen in the analysis is due to surrounding glue and plastic window of the detector.  Analysis performed by Pavel Kartashov.

Don't miss the opportunity to get this extreme rare native element almost never seen in the mineral market ! The mineral was approved as recently as 2010 (IMA 2010-044) with only very few localities known worldwide.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Titanium

Formula: 
Ti
Strunz: 
1.AB.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
4.0
Streak: 
Black
Type Locality: 
Orebody 31 (Chromite deposit 31), Luobusha Mine ("Luobusa" Mine), Luobusha ophiolite ("Luobusa ophiolite"), Qusum Co. (Qusong Co.), Shannan Prefecture (Lhokha Prefecture; Lhoka Prefecture), Tibet Autonomous Region, China...

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