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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.14.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some super specimens from Mount Malosa in this new Malawi Update (click here). These include excellent crystals of aegirine, arfvedsonite, smoky quartz with epididymite inclusions, microcline and zircon. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, the microcline is a striking deep pink-red colour, and the zircons exhibit various hues of yellow.

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.0 cm

Aegirine with Zircon and Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine with Zircon and Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.3 cm

Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz with Epididymite on Albite, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz with Epididymite on Albite, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.2 cm

Zircon on Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz , Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Zircon on Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz , Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.7 cm

Microcline (Baveno Twin), photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light,  Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Microcline (Baveno Twin), photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 4.0 cm

Arfvedsonite, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Arfvedsonite, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view – 3.5 cm

Epidiymite and Eudidymite in Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Epididymite and Eudidymite in Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view – 1.7 cm

Epididymite in Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Epididymite in Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view 3.0 cm

Arfvedsonite, Zircon on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Arfvedsonite, Zircon on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.4 cm
Photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light

 Aegirine, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Aegirine, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 7.3 cm

Albite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Albite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 3.8 cm

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 3.3 cm

Quartz with Riebeckite inclusions, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Quartz with Riebeckite inclusions, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.0 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.08.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

This Malawi Update (click here) features a small number of selected, different, specimens from well-known Mount Malosa (the world’s top locality for fine aegirine crystals), and two super aegirine crystals from a recent find at the Mulanje Massif, over 100 km to the south of Mount Malosa.  The large cluster of radiating aegirine crystals is super!

Aegirine on Microcline with Monazite and Zircon, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiAegirine on Microcline with Monazite and Zircon, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.5 cm

Aegirine, Mulanje Massif, MalawiAegirine, Mulanje Massif, Malawi – 7.5 cm

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiAegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – field of view 4.5 cm

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiAegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 4.5 cm

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiAegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 4.8 cm

Aegirine with Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiAegirine with Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 7.1 cm

Aegirine, Mulanje Massif, MalawiAegirine, Mulanje Massif, Malawi – 5.9 cm

Zircon on Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiZircon on Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 6.7 cm

Arfvedsonite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiArfvedsonite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.3 cm

Aegirine with Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine with Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 6.5 cm