Mineral Specimen #5255 Bakerite
Near East End of Corkscrew Canyon, Furnace Creek District, Death Valley, Inyo Co., California
Ex. James M. Allen personal collection #186 - likely late 1950s, early 1960s, Ex. Steve Pullman
A massive piece of this rare phyllo-borosilicate which is closely related to Datolite but considerably rarer. This actually looks similar to an unpolished white nodule of Datolite from Michigan. One side is the natrual curved outer surface of the nodule. Two of the other sides are conichhidal fractue surfaces. One other side has a grainy texture with small cleavage and/or crystal surfaces which have a high luster. The mineral was named after Richard Charles Baker who discovered the species while he was president of the Borax Consolidated Company. The city of Baker, California was also named after him.
Flaws: Essentailly massive material.
7.4 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm
This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From California and Nevada | Nesosilicates | Rare Minerals | Minerals Priced Between 50 and 99 Dollars