Mineral Surprise!!

One of the great joys of mineral collecting is¬†obtaining a particular specimen and then discovering there is much more to it than first meets the eye. This is such a specimen. It is from the Erongo Mountains in Namibia and is approximately 5cm long. On first looks it seems like a very ordinary ‘frosted’ quartz

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Type Locality Trio!!

  Every known specific named mineral has one location (or sometimes more than one) geographical locality which is known as its Type Locality. This is generally the place where the mineral was first described and is often where the best specimens have been found. For this reason specimens from a minerals Type Locality can be

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