Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.12.2022 | Filed under:


Specimen # 102704
Mineral: Fluorapatite
Location: Sapo Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 4.5 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm


A beautiful curved stack of green fluorapatite crystals from the Sapo Mine, with a second less pronounced stack intertwined with it. This specimen is quite interesting in that the crystals have more pronounced pyramidal faces than is typical for this find. In excellent condition, a tiny chip in one terminal face. The fourth photo shows the specimen’s fluorescence under ultraviolet light. This is a really nice specimen from the famous 2006 pocket.

In his article on the Sapo Mine in The Mineralogical Record (July-August 2009, Vol 40:4), Luiz Menezes describes the complex morphology of the fluorapatites from the pocket. This specimen is what Luiz describes as “Habit 3,” with crystal stacks intersecting at approximately 60 degree angles.

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