Anatase Crystal On Adularia - Hardangervidda, Norway

 
 
 
This incredible specimen contains an association of a metallic, twinned anatase crystal and adularia (variety of orthoclase). The crystals formed from a schist matrix that was collected from Hardangervidda, Norway. The anatase crystal on this specimen measures in at .45" long.

The specimen has been mounted onto an acrylic display base.

Anatase is composed of titanium dioxide, and typically forms dipyramidal crystals, although variations can occur with mineral clumping. Four pointed X-shaped anatase crystals, while rare, have been found and are known as "X-shaped penetration twins". Horizontal striations can be seen across most anatase mineral faces, with most crystals ending in points, or with variations of flattening on each end.

Adularia is a variety of feldspar that had the chemical formula KAlSi3O8. It's found most often as colorless to white aggregations within metamorphic rock, with one example being formation within cavities of crystalline schists. The crystals are commonly twinned, glassy and prismatic in structure, and in some cases they display opalescent characteristics. Adularia is very similar to orthoclase, even baring the same chemical formula, however it has a different crystalline structure and reacts differently to various tests.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Anatase & Orthoclase var. Adularia
LOCATION
Hardangervidda, Norway
SIZE
Entire specimen 1.5 x 1.2", .45" longest crystal
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#111420