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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2020 16:31    Post subject: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

A person on MIndat saw my image of tanzanite included in calcite with graphite and thought he saw what could be inclusions of merelaniite. The inclusions appear as long thin silvery whiskers.


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 Mineral: Merelaniite
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Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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The longest "whisker" is somewhere between 1.5 - 2.0 cm.
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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2020 17:02    Post subject: Re: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

That's very cool!
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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2020 23:17    Post subject: Re: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

Is this already analyzed or still an assumption? Needles like this could also be something else...
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2020 15:53    Post subject: Re: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

Bob Carnein wrote:
That's very cool!


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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2020 15:56    Post subject: Re: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

Volkmar Stingl wrote:
Is this already analyzed or still an assumption? Needles like this could also be something else...


This specimen has not been analyzed. But the person who asked about it has seen the detailed image and is pretty sure that it is Merelaniite. He is the lead author on a paper discussing this new mineral. Here is a link to the paper.

https://www.mdpi.com/2075-163X/6/4/115
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PostPosted: Oct 04, 2020 00:18    Post subject: Re: Merelaniite Inclusions?  

Hello AM,

thank you for the link and I apologize for my scepticism. Based on this article, merelaniite is really the most likely inclusion!

Best wishes and stay healthy,
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