Chervetite, Curienite, Francevillite, Mounanaite (Type Locality for all!)

Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogooue Province, Gabon
Miniature, 3.4 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm
Start Time: 05/01/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/05/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

The closed Mounana Uranium Mine in Gabon is the Type Locality for numerous rare species. This rich and showy miniature hosts 4 Type Locality rarities! The pearlescent, gray prisms are chervetite, a very rare lead vanadate. The bright yellow microcrystal patchs are curienite, the darker yellow crystals are francevilleite and the rust-brown microcrystals and crusts are mounanaite (obviously, this being the Type Locale). These three are all very rare uranium oxides. Ex John White Collection of Seattle.

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