Chabazite
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Chabazite

Specimen # 102041
Mineral: Chabazite
Location: Chabazite, Wasson's Bluff, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 4.1 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm

Description

Detailed Description

A plate of deep-coloured chabazite crystals, with good sharpness and lustre. Accompanied by tiny pearly heulandite crystals. Some of the chabazite crystals are clearly penetration twinned. In excellent condition – an incomplete crystal at the lower edge and one at the right periphery. A fine specimen of Wasson’s Bluff red chabazite.

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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.

Additional information

Dimensions 15 × 41 × 32 cm