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Blue Tip Calcite (Phantoms) - Palmarejo Mine, Mexico

18.2.2018

Calcite crystals (two generations, one growing on top of the other) - creating beautiful phantoms.  The internal crystal seems to be Mn activated, fluorescing a bright orange.  The overlain crystal fluoresces a ghostly blue.   The orange calcite glows best SW while the blue calcite is best MW - but looks great under either light.  There is also a subdued response LW, and areas and nicely phosphorescent after exposure to SW.

 

It has twinned crystals and some fish-tail types.  The crystals are relatively clear and very well formed with the second generation crystal completely enclosing the first generation crystal.

The Palmarejo mine is a gold and silver mine.  Palmarejo Mine, Palmarejo, Mun. de Chínipas, Chihuahua, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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