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Mineral Specimen #2959    Orlymanite on Manganoan Calcite Stalacite

Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Prov., South Africa

Type Location

4.5 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm


Dark brown Orlymanite covers a stalactite composed of light pink colored Manganese bearing Calcite. Scattered across the surface of the Orlymanite is a secondary growth of more pink Calcite. The specimen is in good condition with some minor wear on the brown Orlymanite. The Calcite exhibits a weak pink fluorescence under UV with the portion of the interior of the stalactite at its base fluorescing stronger than the secondary Calcite. The specimen has been hot glued onto a round acrylic base.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Africa | Phyllosilicates | Calcite | Rare Minerals | Minerals Priced Between 100 and 199 Dollars