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ANAPAITE from Kerch, Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rare-09-24a.jpg]
Kerch, Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm
Anapaite for some reason is an extremely rare iron phosphate, despite the fact that iron phosphates are so rich and abundant in other localities. In particular, I find it odd that here the anapaite occurs in a zone different from where vivianite, the more common phosphate, also can be found. Yet it does not seem to occur in good crystals at other major vivianite localities, in diferent layers or otherwise. I cannot recall a single Kerch specimen showing the two grown together in the same pocket, for that matter. In any case, the mineral is beautiful on its own merit, and here we have a surprisingly rich growth of anapaite in a cavity in gossan matrix. The minute yellow mineral in association is barite.