1.4" Best Ever TENORITE CuO Acicular Crystals Tolbachik Volcano Russia for sale
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This specimen of TENORITE (CuO, or copper oxide), comes from the record-setting best-in-the-world find of tenorite in late July, 2012 by Russian dealer/collector, Dmitriy Belakovskiy. The new find was from a locality designated as the Second Scoria Cone (Northern Breakthrough), Big Fissure Eruption, Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Oblast', Far Eastern Region, Russia. These were collected from fumeroles on the slope of the cone, which were active while he was collecting. In fact, Belakovskiy told me he had to abandon his collecting boots at the bottom of the hill, because the soles had melted! The crystals occur in a soft gray scoria matrix (a.k.a. volcanic cinder) that is very lightweight. Crystals are in two habits: needles and clumps of tabular scales. Dmitriy had an impressive selection of specimens with crystals to over 1cm - reportedly the largest and best ever found anywhere. The Tolbachik volcano first erupted in 1975, and built 4 scoria cones, the tallest of which is 650 meters. The first discovery of tenorite at this locality was the famous find made by Elena Bykova in 1996.
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