Apatite Crystals with Quartz - Durango, Mexico

 
These are partial, lemon yellow apatite crystals still in matrix from Cerro del Mercado (Iron Mountain) at Durango, Mexico. The metallic mineralization on this specimen is magnetite, with the quartz acting as the matrix for both the apatite and magnetite.

At Cerro de Mercado numerous veins containing gemmy, lemon yellow to greenish fluorapatite crystals cut through the hematite massif. These crystals have been collected for decades from the iron mines in Cerro de Mercado, but they have become much more scarce with recent mechanization of the mining operations.

The bright, lustrous crystals form hexagonal shapes with off-center terminations. They are found in vugs, often associated with quartz and calcite. Most crystals are around an inch in length, though larger crystals up to about 4 inches long have been found.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Apatite, Magnetite & Quartz
LOCATION
Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico
SIZE
matrix 3.4x1.9"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#91344