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Apophyllite Stalactite

Apophyllite Stalactite

Regular price $260.00 USD
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The Specimen:

Amazing double Apophyllite stalactite from Jalgoan District, Nashik Division, Maharashtra, India. Comes with display block and tack. 

Size: Approximately 9 cm x 8.5 cm x 4 cm. 110 grams

The Mineral: Apophyllite

Apophyllite is a group of minerals that belong to the class of phyllosilicates. Apophyllite crystals are typically colorless, white, or pale green, and they can form in a variety of crystal habits, including cubic, pyramidal, and tabular. Apophyllite is a relatively common mineral and can be found in several locations around the world, including India, Mexico, and the United States.

Apophyllite is a relatively soft mineral, with a Mohs hardness of 4.5 to 5. It is also quite fragile and can be easily damaged or scratched. Apophyllite is often used as a mineral specimen for its striking crystal formations, which can be quite beautiful and intricate. In addition to its aesthetic value, apophyllite also has some practical uses. It is sometimes used in the production of cement and as a soil conditioner.

Apophyllite is also known for its unusual optical properties. Some crystals of apophyllite can exhibit a phenomenon called "pyramidal fluorescence," in which they emit a bright green or yellow glow under ultraviolet light.

The Locality: Jalgoan, India

Jalgaon is located in the northwest region of Maharashtra and is the administrative headquarters of the Jalgaon district. The city of Jalgaon is known for its agricultural production, with a focus on banana cultivation, which is the city's primary crop. Jalgaon is also known for its gold market, which is one of the largest in India. The market, known as "Soni Bazaar," is home to over 100 jewelry shops and has a turnover of several billion rupees per year.

Jalgaon is one of the largest producers of zeolite minerals in India. Zeolites are a group of minerals that have unique molecular structures and are used in a variety of industrial applications, such as water purification, gas separation, and catalysis. The zeolite minerals found in Jalgaon are primarily of the Heulandite and Clinoptilolite varieties, with Heulandite being the more abundant of the two.

The mineral industry in Jalgaon is centered around the villages of Pachora, Dabhadi, and Jalgaon itself. These areas have large deposits of zeolite minerals that are commercially mined and processed. The zeolite mining industry in Jalgaon is dominated by small-scale miners, who typically work in cooperatives to extract the minerals from the earth. The mining is typically done manually, with the use of hand tools and equipment.

The zeolite industry in Jalgaon is an important source of employment for local people, providing jobs for thousands of workers in the region.

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