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Afghnanite disguised

A typical blue mineral from the Koksha valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan with a typical orange fluorescence. Usually this is hauyne. But in this case, the emission spectrum, the EDX analysis and Raman tells us that it is afghanite. The crystal however looks like a distorted dodecahedron. Many other examples exist of these disguised afghanites. The crystal structure of afghanite allows for distorted dodecahedron like crystals.



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