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Taos Staurolite

Staurolite

FEATURED MINERAL – STAUROLITE Taos Rockers featured mineral is Staurolite. The word staurolite is derived from the Greek stauros - cross, and lithos - stone: referring  to its cruciform twinning. ... Read More

Shungite ~ Featured Mineral

... The deposit of Shungite in Karelia was formed about 2 billion years ago and  extends over 9,000 sq km ( 3,475 sq miles).  The deposit has been estimated to contain more than 250 gigatonnes  of carbon reserves.  The deposit is found within a sequence of Palaeoproterozoic metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks - the main accumulations are concentrated in 9 layers, ranging in thickness from 5 meters (16 ft) to 120 meters (400 ft) . The sequence is dated by a gabbro intrusion, which gives a date of 1980±27 Ma, and the underlying dolomites, which give an age of 2090±70 Ma 9 and demonstrates a significant difference between shungite & petroleum/coal (200-250 Ma). ...
Shungite ~ Featured Mineral
Zoisite ~ Mineral of Oct & Nov '19

Zoisite ~ Mineral of Oct & Nov '19

Mineral of the month - Zoisite Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Zoisite. Originally named saualpite for the locality Saualpe in Carinthia, Austria, where it occurs in eclogites (mafic... Read More

Peridot ~ Mineral of Aug & Sep '19

  Mineral of the month - Peridot/ Olivine   Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Olivine and the gem variety thereof known as Peridot. Olivine receives its name from... Read More
Peridot ~ Mineral of Aug & Sep '19
Beryl ~ Mineral of Jul '19

Beryl ~ Mineral of Jul '19

Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Beryl.    The name "beryl" is derived from the Greek ήρυλλος beryllos which referred to a "precious blue-green color-of-sea-water stone" - that name... Read More

Tourmaline ~ Mineral of Jun' '19

  Mineral of the month - Tourmaline   The name "tourmali" was a generic name used in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] for colored gems, mostly zircons. About 1703, it had been... Read More
Tourmaline ~ Mineral of Jun' '19
Rhodocrocite ~ Mineral of May '19

Rhodocrocite ~ Mineral of May '19

  Mineral of the month - Rhodocrocite       Taos Rockers mineral of the month isRhodochrosite, a manganese carbonate.The name rhodochrositecomes fromthe Greek ρόδο, "rose", and χρώς, "coloring", referring... Read More

Labradorite ~ Mineral of Apr '19

Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Labradorite, a plagioclase feldspar.    The name labradorite comes from the area in which it was first discovered in 1770: Ford Harbour, Paul... Read More
Labradorite ~ Mineral of Apr '19
Fluorite ~ Mineral of Feb & Mar '19

Fluorite ~ Mineral of Feb & Mar '19

Mineral of the month: Fluorite   Taos Rockers mineral of the month is Fluorite.The name fluorite comes from the Latin fluere which means “to flow” - a reference to its... Read More

Amethyst ~ Mineral of Jan '19

Amethyst- January 2019 Mineral of the Month    ·  Mineral: Quartz variety Amethyst ·  Chemistry: SiO2 ·  Class: tectosilicate ·  Crystal system: Hexagonal-Rhombohedral ·  Color: violet to purple ·  Refractive... Read More
Amethyst ~ Mineral of Jan '19