India, Maharashtra state, Poonah disctricts


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In the 5 million square kms of basaltic rock that cover a large part of India, we find a rich source of many minerals, specially zeolites. I dedicated this particular space to Indian specimens on the basis of their beauty.
They came from the Maharashtra state, in the central part of India, the most famous location for minerals findings.
Minerals shown below are classified for the district of origin, located in the yellow area visible in the map

 

 

 


"apophyllite"
Transparent XX, prismatic, in parallel formation. Some pink stilbite
9x8cm
Poonah district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.301

Another photo: a different view
Another photo: entire piece

 

 

 

"apophyllite"
Green shaped XX, 2 cm wide, semitransparent; the XX show some corrosions on two parallel sides. Some white stilbite XX on the basaltic matrix
13x7cm
Poonah distric, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.41

2nd photo 




"apophyllite"
White XX of "apophyllite", up to 2 cm long, pearly and well terminated, posted on a matrix covered by clear greenish prehnite
13x7cm
Poonah distric, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1378

2nd photo
3rd photo



"apophyllite"
Large XX of "apophyllite", white and opaque, up to 4 cm long, on a quartz matrix
19x14cm
Wagholi quarry, Wagholi, Poonah district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1515

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Calcite
Single X, 1.5 cm of edge, on stilbite
6x5cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.431

2nd photo: entire piece

 

Calcite
Combination of XX, 7.5 x 6 cm wide, on quartz
12x10cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1410

2nd photo




Cavansite
Tuft of cavansite XX, 1.3 cm wide
4x3cm
Wagholi quarry, Wagholi, Poonah district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1527

2nd photo
3rd photo



Cavansite
Cavansite XX; the ball is 1 cm wide, posted on a matrix with stilbite XX
7.5x6cm
Wagholi quarry, Wagholi, Poonah district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1526

2nd photo
3rd photo

 


Cavansite
Bright blue cavansite ball to 1.8cm diameter, on matrix. Cavansite is dimorphic with pentagonite
6.5x6cm
Wagholi quarry, Wagholi, Poona district, Maharashtra, India
Specimen n.346

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Epistilbite
White semitransparent formation, 2.2x1.4cm, of divergent XX on black basalt
5x5cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.400

Another photo: entire piece

 

Epistilbite
Light pink X, 1cm wide, semitransparent, on white stilbite (I had some doubts about this piece, previously classified as yugawaralite, but I received advice from an expert)
5x4cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.386



Gyrolite
Greeb balls of gyrolite, up to 1.5 cm wide, on a quartz base. There is a line of calcite XX, transparent
15.5x11cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1557

2nd photo: close-up view on gyrolite
3rd photo: calcite XX with small gyrolite balls
4th photo
5th photo: entire piece

 

Pentagonite (cavansite?)
Prismatic elongated XX, electic blue and transparent, up to 0.6cm, with calcite on microcristalline stilbite
13x9cm
Wagholi quarry, Wagholi, Poonah district, Maharashtra. India

Specimen n.225

Another photo: group of XX

 

Prehnite
Rounded formations - up to 1.2 cm wide - of water green XX of prehenite, in a cavity with quartz
6.8x5cm
Poonah district, Maharashtra. India

Specimen n.1344

Another photo: a detail
Another photo: entire piece

 


Stilbite
White XX of tipical
biterminated stilbite, up to 1.6cm; amongst stilbite some tufts of acicular pentagonite (cavansite?) up to 0.4cm long. Area of the photo 6x7 cm
10x6.5cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.29

2nd photo

 

 

Stilbite
Pale orange stilbite XX in a vug
11x7cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.1411

Stilbite
A floater piece with the bowl formation
6.5x3.5cm
Poona district, Maharashtra. India
Specimen n.95


 

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