6.7" Apophyllite Crystals and Scolecite Sprays -India

This is a beautiful association of apophyllite crystals and sprays of scolecite, collected from the Deccan Traps (the world largest basalt flow) in Maharashtra, India. The apophyllite crystals have flat terminations and some contain green (celadonite?) and/or red inclusions near the matrix. The scolecite formed as small crystals that are densely packed into radiation aggregations.

Comes with a metal/acrylic (gibson) display stand.

This specimen comes from the Deccan Traps (a large igneous province and one of the largest volcanic features on earth) in the Pune Province of India. In the course of quarrying for other materials or digging wells sometimes large pockets of zeolites and other minerals are unearthed in the volcanic rock.

Apophyllite while not a zeolite itself is almost always found associated with zeolites in the same pockets. It has two crystal habits, a rectangular prism capped by a steep four sided pyramid or a pseudo-cubic structure. While not a well known mineral to the general public it is popular among mineral collectors due to it's pastel colors and beautiful crystal formations.

Apophyllite & Scolecite
Maharashtra, India
6.7 x 5.3 x 2.6"