Impilakhti, Pitkyaranta (Pitkaranta) District, Ladoga Region, Karelia Republic, Northern Region, Russia
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm
An very rare and old-time specimen from Russia and the Mullane Collection. Wiikite is a name applied to ill-defined mixtures and alteration products of minerals high in Nb, Ta, Ti, Si, and Y from pegmatites in the Impilakhti parish on Lake Ladoga, Russia, associated with allanite and monazite. This was formerly part of Finland until it was taken by the Soviet Union in 1944. Named after Finnish geologist, F.J. Wiik (1839-1909) .