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English: Niobophyllite, Zircon
Locality: Mt Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: miniature, 4.7 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm
Niobophyllite with Feldspar, Aegerine, Zircon
I have followed, or so I thought, the new finds out of Mt Maloso for the past 7-8 years pretty well. In that time, I have had lots of aegerine and arfvedsonite, zircon, parisite, etc etc....but I had never seen one of these and in fact I'd never even heard of the species before now and had to go look it up: it is a titanium and niobium-containing fluorosilicate, nicely complex and interesting. It was only recently reported (Lapis, 2003) from this new locality for the species. I am told that these are the best, compared to previous occurences. This piece features tightly packed, bladed crystals of a rusty orange color, accented by feldspar and aegerine, and a small zircon crystal. It is quite non-ugly in person, surprisingly enough. 4.7 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm
Deutsch: Niobophyllit, Zirkon
Fundort: Mountain Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 4.7 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/mun05-35a.jpg, Description: http://www.mindat.org/photo-43651.html


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