This plate features many sharp, lustrous wardite crystals – the largest parallel-growth group at the right is 1.4 cm. These wardite crystals show a somewhat flattened habit, with the usual pseudo-octahedral crystal form, and striated, glassy crystal faces. In very good condition, with many undamaged crystals, a couple of missing tips and minor chipping. The largest crystals on the piece are in excellent condition. The specimen has been trimmed behind with a saw, not noticeable from the display angle. Lots of great crystals of this uncommon mineral on this one!
About these Yukon Phosphates
Discovered in the 1970s, the occurrences at Rapid Creek have become known as among the best localities in the world for phosphate species. At Rapid Creek, many of the minerals are the finest known for the species. The specimens in this update are from the 1980s and 1990s, the heyday period for specimen discoveries at Rapid Creek.