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"Greenlandic Margarosanite" - Tugtupite Extreme, CRACK THAT ROCK!!!

20.3.2017

My mantra on the FMS Facebook Fluorescent Mineral Group is "Crack that rock!".   Folks new to the hobby are sometimes used to finding a rock that is just beautiful in its natural state and would never think of taking a hammer to it.  Fluorescent rocks often require just that.  You might find a specimen that has an interesting fluorescence and want to just leave it like that.  But what folks often don't realize is that weathering -  exposure to acid rain, sunlight, etc. can weaken fluorescence on the surface over the eons.  Crack it open and you never know what you might find!

This is an excellent example.  The pic above shows the rock "in whole", white light and SW UV.  It's a respectable chunk of analcime (FL blue) with a little red tugtupite and maybe a hint of chkalovite.  But I had a feeling there was more inside so I stuck it in the rock splitter and minutes later I had two halves which fit perfectly to each other, offering mirror images of the inside.

 And oh what an inside!  The vibrant red fluorescence is tugtupite encircling a beautiful pearly white fluorescence from a very special variety of chkalovite (named "Greenlandic Margarosanite" by one of the Geo-Tour members).  Bright eyes of blu/wht analcime balance out the assemblage for a truly rich and spectacular specimen.  Under midwave (below) the chkalovite takes on an unusual yellow/green fluorescence and under longwave the tugtupite shows off its salmon fluorescence.

 

 Moral of the story?  Look inside, crack it - you never know....

 

Below is my rock trimmer:

 

 

 

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