Vesuvian Mix from Pompeii disaster

This mineral comes from Somma-Vesuvius Complex (Naples, Italy).

It was found around 1960s in the pumice layers of the 79 DC Vesuvius eruption, the one that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum! It’s a typical vesuvian volcanic projectile rich in Nephelin and minor other minerals. In this specimen there are Sodalite, Calcite and probable Diopside.

The best fluorescence is with Lw+Mw.

Dimension: 7 x 5 x 4 cm

Weight: 140g

Origin: Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Naples province, Campania, Italy

Questo minerale proviene dal complesso vulcanico Somma-Vesuvio. Fu raccolto negli anni 1960-1970 tra gli strati pomicei dell’eruzione del 79 D.C. sul monte Somma; la stessa eruzione che ha distrutto Ercolano e Pompei. E’ un tipico proietto vulcanico ricco di Nefelina e contenente altri minerali quali Calcite, Sodalite e Diopside. La fluorescenza migliore si ottiene con la contemporanea illuminazione ad onda media e lunga.

Lw + Mw exposure. Sodalite better fluoresces In Lw and other minerals are brighter in Mw.


Macro (Lw+Mw). Base of the picture: about 18mm.

(Base del fotogramma: circa 19mm)

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