Fantasy Rock - Greenland
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Taseq Slope, Greenland
A great sized rock for anyone who wants to add a fantasy rock to their collection. The main minerals on this specimen are tugtupite (cherry red SW), along with chkalovite (the rarer pearly white variety Ð a classic example of how tugtupite replaces chkalovite), blue analcime, sodalite (orange) and black arfvedsonite throughout the matrix. Under LW both the tugtupite and the sodalite fluoresce a bright orange (more salmon for the tugtupite).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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