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Mineral Specimen #6577    Thenardite

Deep Springs Lake, Inyo Co., California

12 x 6.3 x 4.5 cm
4.7 x 2.5 x 1.8 in

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Ex. John Melhase, 1938 or older, Ex. California Academy of Sciences

Na2SO4


A very good example of this relatively rare Sodium Sulfate. The crystals are well formed with pyramidal faces and and often double terminated (in most cases one of the terminations is merged adjoining crystals). The crystals have a high luster with a melted appearance. The top most crystals are a dark gray color due to the inclusion of clay particles and phase into clear to white in color on the bottom. The appearance of the specimen is partially marred by small encrustations of an unidentified tan colored material. The specimen is very similar to those recovered at Soda Lake, also in California. This is a much more obscure location with no pictures posted on mindat for the location, although Thenardite is listed. Deep Springs Lake is a small lake in the middle of the desert and is a popular swimming hole.

Condition: Very Good to Excellent

Flaws: Nothing Appreciable

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From California and Nevada | Sulfates | Rare Minerals | Minerals Priced Between 100 and 199 Dollars

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From California and Nevada | Sulfates | Rare Minerals | Minerals Priced Between 100 and 199 Dollars