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    HUGE FLUORESCENT SPHERE
    Purple Passion Mine, Wichenburg, Arizona
    Many mineral specimens are prized for their characteristic fluorescence under ultraviolet light, but the rarest and most desirable are those specimens which combine two or more of fluorescing minerals. Viewed under normal light, this incredible sphere looks simply like a mass of grey and white speckled stone, but it actually contains four different fluorescents: fluorite (purple), aragonite (light blue), calcite (red), and willemite (green). Not only that, but it is simply enormous, carved from a single 12,000 lb. block and weighing in at approximately 300 lbs. It measures over 16 inches in diameter and is one of only two known spheres of this size from this locality. Interestingly, as with most Wichenburg specimens, it can fluoresce under all three of long, medium and short wave ultraviolet light, changing color under each one.


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    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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