Vanadinte on Barite // Coud’a, Mibladen, Khénifra, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco
I yelped when I saw this….
FLUORITE (Calcium Fluoride) crystal from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, USA.
Baryte bush on malachite base
Looking like a natural sculpture, this unusual combination of minerals is only found as beautiful specimens in one place, the Mashamba mine in the Katanga copper belt of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before any pedants comment, I was as surprised as you to discover I had been misspelling the first mineral, and that the one I have used us the official IMA version. This sensuous specimen is 10.7x7x8cm in size.
Image credit: Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com
(PS: this image appeared previously on this page but we got the caption wrong. It is now repaired).