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This rock proves there are some major discoveries waiting to be made in Afghanistan - Sodalite and Winchite, Badakshan

17.7.2016

How 'bout you grab your UV light, hop on a plane and head out to the mines in the remote mountains of Afghanistan.  I guarantee you will discover a new "world-class" deposit of fluorescent minerals.   Send us a postcard...

 

By now everyone is familiar with the sodalite (hackmanite) from Afghanistan; very tenebrescent, often phosphorescent, and sometimes nice crystals.  This piece is a large crystal which has been wrapped by winchite.  The winchite is what I find amazing here: under longwave it exhibits a beautiful greenish/blue fluorescence.  Not all winchite does this - that's why we need you to hop on a plane and find the ones that do.  There just aren't that many two-color longwave specimens around.

 

The sodalite is nicely tenebrescent but not as dark as others, and it fades pretty rapidly.  It is also somewhat phosphorescent.

 

 

 

 

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