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

Dimensions: 8.4 × 6.7 × 2.8 cm
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Dimensions: 8.4 × 6.7 × 2.8 cm