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Chabazite

Chabazite

Specimen # 102033
Mineral: Chabazite
Location: Wasson's Bluff, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 5.0 x 4.1 x 1.6 cm
Price: $50.00 CAD

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Detailed Description

This plate of chabazite crystals hosts several penetration twins. The crystals are sharp, with good lustre. In excellent condition, no damage, some incomplete crystals around the periphery where this piece was attached. A very nice Wasson's chabazite specimen.

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About These Red Chabazites From Wasson's Bluff

In one relatively small zone at Wasson's Bluff, the chabazite crystals are a particular dark red hue - more intense and lighter than a brown, and most are a bit deeper and darker than a brick red or deep orange. This zone has produced sporadically over history. Most often, days of very hard work in this area yield absolutely nothing, but a few isolated finds in recent years have produced a small number of excellent pieces - these specimens are from those finds.

In historic times, these particular deep-coloured chabazites from Wasson's Bluff were known as "acadialite", named for Acadia (which is the English for L'Acadie, the colonial-era name for this part of Canada). The name "acadialite" is sometimes still seen on older collection labels, sometimes as a species name and sometimes as a varietal name. Under current nomenclature, these specimens are known as chabazite, with "acadialite" now considered a historical synonym. 

Detailed Description

This plate of chabazite crystals hosts several penetration twins. The crystals are sharp, with good lustre. In excellent condition, no damage, some incomplete crystals around the periphery where this piece was attached. A very nice Wasson's chabazite specimen.

Browse More Specimens from Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy (click here)

About the Minerals and Localities of the Bay of Fundy (click here)


About These Red Chabazites From Wasson's Bluff

In one relatively small zone at Wasson's Bluff, the chabazite crystals are a particular dark red hue - more intense and lighter than a brown, and most are a bit deeper and darker than a brick red or deep orange. This zone has produced sporadically over history. Most often, days of very hard work in this area yield absolutely nothing, but a few isolated finds in recent years have produced a small number of excellent pieces - these specimens are from those finds.

In historic times, these particular deep-coloured chabazites from Wasson's Bluff were known as "acadialite", named for Acadia (which is the English for L'Acadie, the colonial-era name for this part of Canada). The name "acadialite" is sometimes still seen on older collection labels, sometimes as a species name and sometimes as a varietal name. Under current nomenclature, these specimens are known as chabazite, with "acadialite" now considered a historical synonym.