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Shortite in shale

#BN49026

Shortite in shale

#BN49026
Availability
Sold
Size
4 x 4 x 3.5 cm - Miniature 
Formula
Na2Ca2(CO3)3 (RRUFF)
Locality
Westvaco mine, Sweet Water Co., Wyoming, United States
Tagged
carbonate

Shortite is a relatively uncommon carbonate originally found in the shales of saline dolomitic marl of the Green River Formation in southwestern Wyoming. The large underground mines of this area, situated in the Green River Basin, are famous for their soda ash production. This particular specimen is from the FMC (Westvaco) mine.

This specimen contains numerous Shortite crystals to 6mm. Shortite is strongly pyroelectric and dissolves in water. It is also displays a rich yellow fluorescence. 

Fluorescent, Type Locality

Shortite

Formula
Na2Ca2(CO3)3 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Tabular 
Cleavage
Distinct, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
colorless, light yellow 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Dr. Buford Nichols Collection
Special Info
Fluorescent
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