Carrolite on calcite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Kamoya Sth Mine, near Kambove, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of the Congo  <br /><br />3 1/8" tall <br /><br />This is an attractive and relatively rare combination specimen that consists of small, sharp and lustrous carrolite crystals on a rock matrix with a bright white crystals of rhombohedral calcite. Matrix carrolite specimens in any size are a rarity because normally this fragile mineral became detached from the pocket wall during excavation by artisan miners who were only equipped with hand tools.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I bought this piece during a visit to Katanga province in late 2009.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Jeff Scovil  </p>
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