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Heulandite from Tambar Springs NSW

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    Heulandite is one of the more common zeolite minerals. It has a very distinctive crystals, which are usually tabular, are often in a coffin shape, with a wider center, narrower edges, and flat top and bottom.

    Since its original classification, Heulandite was always regarded as a single mineral species with a variable elemental makeup. The Zeolite Subcommittee of the IMA divided this mineral into individual sub-species of four members in 1997. Almost all Heulandite specimens in collections are Heulandite-Ca. A distinction among the different Heulandite types is rarely made, and the members are generally named Heulandite without further breakdown.

    This specimen was unearthed in Tambar Springs which is a small town in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. Approx 417 kilometres north west of the state capital, Sydney and at the 2011 census, Tambar Springs and the surrounding area had a population of just 540.

    The Tambar Springs locale is well known for zeolite specimens. An interesting fact on the area, specimens found in there area were thought to be Stilbite, however all “stilbite” from here is in fact Stellerite.

    What’s interesting about this specimen is that it came from the collection of Jack Stange.

    I acquired this specimen from Peter at Crystal Habit at the August 2016 Carlingford Show.

    Specimen Details

    Chemical Formula: (Ca,Na)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O (general)

    ID #: JG0035

    Colour: White, colourless, beige, brown, pink, and gray

    Hardness: 3.5 – 4

    Acquisition Date: 27/08/2016

    Crystal System: Monoclinic

    Lustre: Vitreous, Pearly

    Dimensions: 61mm x 37mm x 44mm

    Weight: 65g

    Location: Tambar Springs, NSW, Australia

    Rarity of Mineral

    Common

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