Cristobalite in Obsidian (Mullane Coll.)

Cougar Butte, Siskiyou Co., California
Miniature, 3.4 x 3.1 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/14/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A visual and showy specimen of a 1.6 cm, tan, "eye" of high-temperature cristobalite jauntily perched in highly lustrous, jet-black obsidian from an uncommon California locale - Cougar Butte, Siskiyou County. Obsidian (volcanic glass) cools too quickly, to crystallize. Thus, it is unusual to see minerals attached. The "eyes" or spheres of high temperature cristobalite (SiO2) are actually the result of devitrification, or loss of silica from the obsidian. Certainly, a most unusual and uncommon specimen! Ex Mullane Collection and dates from the 1950s to early 70s.

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