Mesolite on Laumontite
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.19.2024 | Filed under:

Mesolite on Laumontite

Specimen # 102848
Mineral: Mesolite on Laumontite
Location: Stronach Brook, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 8.2 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm


Detailed Description

Groups of radiating mesolite crystals on laumontite, with the main one centred at the top (I’d support this to stand for display as photographed). There are lots of mesolite crystals on this specimen and many more visible with magnification. Although some of the laumontite crystals are shot through with mesolite crystals, the laumontite crystals down the left side are sharp with no mesolites. An excellent specimen from the 2021 pocket.

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About These Mesolite-Laumontite Specimens

The cliffs at Stronach Brook are along a relatively hard-to-access stretch of the Bay of Fundy shoreline which has rarely produced fine mineral specimens. In 2021, a pocket-vein system produced radiating aggregates of mesolite crystals on laumontite. The specimens are attractive and unusual – each group of mesolite crystals stands up on the laumontite and has the look of a tepee (conical lodge tent historically used by certain indigenous North American peoples). The “tepee” mesolites were a unique find. And it is material unlikely to be found again, not only because the pocket-vein is exhausted, but because we discovered (the hard way) that the access area is home to a large number of ticks…

Laumontite is a relatively common zeolite group mineral (that can occur in excellent specimens!) but because it usually dehydrates relatively quickly in air (and can then turn to powder), it is not so commonly preserved and encountered in mineral collections.

These mesolite-laumontite specimens have been stabilized. After experimentation with various methods and materials, it has been found that a technique using a mixture including water-soluble glue is the most effective, with no impact on the visual appearance of the specimens (colour or lustre). Nova Scotia laumontite specimens stabilized using this method have proven stable over longer than 20 years, with no indication that such stability will change (in mineral cabinets, at approximate normal indoor humidity levels – ranging from approx. 25-75%). Specimens in my own collection are as good as the day they were stabilized.


Additional information

Dimensions 83 × 58 × 39 cm