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MD-244362
Manganite
Small Cabinet, 5.3 x 4.7 x 2.7 cm
Wessels Mine (Wessel's Mine), Hotazel, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
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A lustrous mass of bladed, intergrown Manganite crystals that reach 2 cm in length from the base of the specimen to the exposed tips. Many of the crystals have rounded, seemingly 'polished' terminations which are highly lustrous and silver-black. The remainder of the specimen is a rich velvety black similar to Psilomelane. Surprisingly, actual manganite crystals are quite rare from the Kalahari Manganese Field. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.