Fantasy Rock - Analcime, Tugtupite, Chkalovite, Sodalite - Greenland
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Taseq Slope, Greenland
Very tenebrescent. The main minerals on this large specimen are tugtupite (cherry red SW), along with chkalovite, blue analcime, and orange sodalite. Under LW both the tugtupite fluoresces a bright orange (more salmon for the tugtupite).
Very unique material.
The nickname ÒFantasy RockÓ encompasses a group of rocks found on the Taseq Slope in the Ilimaussaq Complex, Greenland and only in this one locality within the complex. A typical Fantasy Rock usually consists of four basic minerals: tugtupite, sodalite, chkalovite, analcime, and they are always the most color-rich pieces from this exotic, remote locale.
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Perhaps the most famous mineral found in Greenland is tugtupite - and is certainly the main quest of those who travel to this remote area. Local villagers spend much of their free time in pursuit of this stone and many legends have risen around tugtupite.Read more