Marshallsussmanite & Aegirine
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 5.7 x 5.5 cm
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Mn Field, N. Cape Prov., South Africa

Intergrown, foliated, translucent crystals to 3.5 mm across of light pink marshallsussmanite are emplaced on a large matrix surface. This is a very recently described as a new mineral species. This rare sodium, calcium, manganese silicate is named for the prominent Tucson area collector, Marshall Sussman, who specializes in Namibian and South African minerals. Only two fairly small pockets were found, as yet, to my knowledge. This was mined in the second pocket of late 2013.

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