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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.30.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)


I’ve posted beautiful new natrolite specimens in this Mont Saint-Hilaire Update (click here). These are from a relatively recent pocket – they are great crystals with sharp, glassy pyramid faces and they fluoresce bright green under short-wave ultraviolet light.

These are pairs of photos of specimens, (1) in normal lighting and (2) under short-wave ultraviolet light.

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite (fluorescent), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 5.9 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.6cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 10.9 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.3 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.6 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.8 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 5.5 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 5.2 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.0 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.7 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.5 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.1 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 5.1 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.4 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.7 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.3 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.8 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.7 cm

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Natrolite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some great specimens in this Mont Saint-Hilaire Update (click here). One of the world’s great mineral localities, with over 400 species, the quarry has been closed to collecting since 2007 (with isolated exceptions that have not produced specimens in any quantity). The specimens in this update are from finds dated from 1988 to 2007.

One of the most remarkable aspects of collecting at Mont Saint-Hilaire is that no two occurrences are the same – the mineralized zones and pockets are each different, with varied mineral assemblages and crystal habits. This selection of specimens represents several different finds, each of which was unique.

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.7 cm

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Field of view 1.0 cm

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.6 cm

Serandite with epidiymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite with epididymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.3 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite, pink albite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.4 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.5 cm

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 1.2 cm crystal

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.4 cm

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.6 cm

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.2 cm

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm