Rhodochrosite on Albite with Pyrite
Foote Lithium Co. Mine, USA
Albite, Pyrite, Rhodochrosite
Foote Lithium Co. Mine , Kings Mountain District, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA
A superb rhodochrosite on albite with pyrite from the Foote Mine in Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA! This specimen features several groups of red-orange rhodochrosite on a matrix of white albite. Small pyrite crystals adorn the matrix. The rhodochrosite has formed in an atypical hexagonal habit. The rhodo from the Foote is highly unusual because it originated in a pegmatite, rather than a metallic ore deposit. The Foote Mine began operations in about 1938. It is famous for rare phosphates and silicates, boasting an impressive list of over 150 species! In it’s prime, the Foote produced some of the finest fluorapatite and bikitaite in the world, along with many other minerals such as rhodochrosite, lithiophyllite, roscherite, fairfieldite, childrenite, etc. The mine has since ceased operations and is now flooded. Material from this rather obscure U.S locality is very hard to find on the market today, and typically consists of small micromounts. Ex. Jack Eaker, mine geologist.