Quartz, Red Phantoms
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.13.2021 | Filed under:

Quartz, Red Phantoms

Specimen # 200527
Mineral: Quartz, Red Phantoms
Location: Caland Ore Properties, Atikokan, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
Size: 3.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm

Description

This is a beauty! A group of quartz crystals with vibrant red hematite inclusions – red phantoms. I’ve never seen anything like it from Atitokan (but am assured the locality is correct). The quartz crystals are in excellent condition (one at the outer periphery is incomplete). From the Pete Richards collection, this is one of a kind!

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About the Mines of Atikokan, Ontario

Located in northwestern Ontario, the large mines at Atikokan were once huge iron producers. Financed and developed during the Second World War effort, these mines were brought into production to shore up US iron supplies. These were massive mines – the amount of earth and rock moved was twice that moved to build the Panama Canal, in half the time (!). The mines closed in 1979-80. Although they produced fine specimens, they are not broadly known among collectors around the world, as they would be if they were producing today. They are best known for excellent specimens of crystallized manganite.