Aragonite





 Location Found: Franklin and Ogdensburg
     
 Mineral Note: Mineral can be found in prismatic needles and sprays or surface crust.
 Year Discovered: 1797
     
 Formula: CaCO3
 Essential Elements: Calcium, Carbon, Oxygen
 All Elements in Formula: Calcium, Carbon, Oxygen
     
 IMA Status: Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
     
Fluorescent Mineral Properties

 Shortwave UV light: White to pale yellow (cream) of moderate brightness, rarely green due to uranyl
 Mid wave UV light: White to pale yellow (cream) weaker brightness
 Longwave UV light: White to pale yellow (cream) of moderate brightness
 Additional Information: Phosphoresces white to pale yellow, cream
     
 To find out more about this mineral at minDat's website, follow this link   Aragonite

     
 References:
Dunn, Pete J. (1995). Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey: the world's most magnificent mineral deposits. Franklin, NJ.: The Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society. p.618

Frondel, Clifford (1972). The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, a checklist. NY.: John Willey & Sons. p.42


The Picking Table References
 PT Issue and PageDescription / Comment
V. 57, No. 2 - Fall 2016, pg. 12Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, N.J., Part 1, Richard C. Bostwick - Aragonite
View IssueV. 45, No. 1 - Spring 2004, pg. 9The Art of Fluorescent Mineral Photography, With Special Attention to the Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill Photographing the More Popular Franklin and Sterling Hill Fluorescent Minerals - Aragonite
View IssueV. 35, No. 2 - Fall 1994, pg. 18A Complex Base-Metal Assemblage From the Sterling Mine New Jersey - Aragonite
View IssueV. 33, No. 2 - Fall 1992, pg. 10The Check List of Franklin-Sterling Hill Fluorescent Minerals - Aragonite (Fluorescent Info)
View IssueV. 27 No. 2 - Fall 1986, pg. 5Minerals of the Franklin Quarry, Philip P. Betancourt, Aragonite
View IssueV. 18, No. 1 - March 1977, pg. 19The Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, NJ by Richard C. Bostwick - Aragonite
View IssueV. 13, No. 2 - August 1972, pg. 11The Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin/Ogdensburg Area by Frank Z. Edwards - Aragonite (Fluorescent Info)
View IssueV. 7, No. 2 - August 1966, pg. 5The Minerals of Sterling Hill 1962-65 by Frank Z. Edwards - Aragonite
     
Images

     
Aragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from Sterling Hill MineAragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from Sterling Hill Mine under longwave UV Light
Aragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ. From the collection of, and photo by, JVF.
Aragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ under longwave UV light. The aragonite fluoresces blue. From the collection of, and photo by, JVF.
Aragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from Sterling Hill Mine under shortwave UV Light
Aragonite crystals on matrix, "mud zone," from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ under shortwave UV light. The aragonite fluoresces green. From the collection of, and photo by, JVF.


Aragonite coating on calcite / willemite /  franklinite ore, Buckwheat Dump FranklinAragonite coating on calcite / willemite /  franklinite ore, Buckwheat Dump Franklin under longwave UV Light
Aragonite coating on calcite / willemite / franklinite ore from the Franklin Buckwheat Dump, Franklin, New Jersey. Photo by WP.
Aragonite coating on calcite / willemite / franklinite ore from the Franklin Buckwheat Dump, Franklin, New Jersey under longwave UV light. The aragonite fluoresces a faint white-blue to blue-violet and the willemite green, franklinite is non-fluorescent. Photo by WP.
Aragonite coating on calcite / willemite /  franklinite ore, Buckwheat Dump Franklin under shortwave UV Light
Aragonite coating on calcite / willemite / franklinite ore from the Franklin Buckwheat Dump, Franklin, New Jersey under shortwave UV light. The aragonite fluoresces blue to blue-green, calcite red and the willemite green, franklinite is non-fluorescent. Photo by WP.


Aragonite crystals on matrix from the Sterling Hill MineAragonite crystals on matrix from the Sterling Hill Mine under shortwave UV Light
Aragonite crystals on matrix from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ. 3 1/8" x 2 3/4". From the collection of, and photo by Robert A. Boymistruk.
Aragonite crystals on matrix from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ under shortwave UV light. The aragonite fluoresces white, the puple is a reflection from the UV light. From the collection of, and photo by Robert A. Boymistruk.







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