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Alberta Selenites – March 2017
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.24.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added some excellent crystals in this new Alberta Selenite Update (click here). These specimens of gypsum, var. selenite were recovered during a project at Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta in the early 1990s. These crystals are sharp, lustrous and transparent – many are like crystal models. ¬†And… they have great fluorescence.

Willow Creek selenite crystals are fluorescent under ultraviolet light, exhibiting an “hourglass” pattern that is not visible in natural light. It is clearly visible in short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave ultraviolet, most prominent in short-wave.

These crystals are also phosphorescent – the hourglass pattern remains briefly visible in a green hue in total darkness after the ultraviolet light source is extinguished – the selenite crystal then fades and until it too is dark.

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 6.7 cm.

Gypsum var selenite, Willow Creek, Nanton, Alberta, ultraviolet light

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 6.7 cm.
Same crystal as in the previous photo, exhibiting fluorescence,
photographed in short-wave ultraviolet light.

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 7.2 cm

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 6.5 cm

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 6.2 cm

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 6.2 cm.
Same crystal as in the previous photo, exhibiting fluorescence,
photographed in short-wave ultraviolet light.

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 7.6 cm

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta – 5.0 cm

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta – 5.0 cm
Same crystal as in the previous photo, exhibiting fluorescence,
photographed in short-wave ultraviolet light.

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada

Gypsum, var. selenite, Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta, Canada – 5.8 cm