.95" Purple Dodecahedral Fluorite Cluster - Yaogangxian Mine

This is a small cluster of purple, dodecahedral fluorite crystals that formed in association with muscovite. It was collected from the Yaogangxian Mine in the Hunan Province of China. This specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

The Yaogangxian mine is a tungsten-tin deposit in the Nanling Mountains of Hunan, China. The mine field is about 4 x 2.5 km (2.5 x 1.5 miles) and includes two primary deposits; the Yaogangxian quartz vein-type, tungsten-tin deposit and the Heshangtan skarn-type, tungsten-tin deposit.

The Yaogangxian quartz vein-type, tungsten-tin deposit (with minor greisen-style mineralization) has been mine since 1914 and hosts minor copper, tungsten, silver, lead, zinc and bismuth minerals. The Heshangtan skarn-type, tungsten-tin deposit has been mined since the 1960's and hosts a variety of associated silver ores. Both of these deposits are a result of the Mesozoic Yaogangxian pluton (composed of biotite-granite, porphyritic granite and quartz porphyry) which intruded into Cambrian-Devonian sediments and Jurassic limestones.

A variety of high quality mineral specimens are collected from this site. Some of the most popular minerals include arsenopyrite, bismuthinite, manganese-bearing calcite (manganocalcite), chalcopyrite, ferberite, fluorite, hübnerite, molybdenite, pyrite, rhodochrosite, siderite, stibnite, topaz and tungstite.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite & Muscovite (Mica)
LOCATION
Yaogangxian Mine, Nanling Mountains, Hunan Province, China
SIZE
.95 x .8"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#185606