Fluorapatite coated with Pyrite
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From my observations it is clear that pyrite (iron) is attracted to fluorapatite. I’ll leave it to a geo-chemist to reveal which ions form the attraction. This is the only piece I have with the pyrites having an epitaxial attraction, where the micro-pyrites are denser than on the faces. Where the pyrite coating is dense enough it blocks the LW reaction. Sawn at the back.
Locality: Foote Lithium Company Mine, Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, North Carolina
Composition: calcium fluorophosphate and iron sulfide