Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Phlogopyite

Phlogopyite is a red-tinted mica.  Its name comes from the Latin word phlogopos in allusion to its color.

The largest single crystal was found at the Lacey Mine, OntarioCanada and measured 10 x 4.3 x 4.3 meters and weighed an estimated 330 metric tons.
KareliaRussia produced crystals of similar size but not quite as large.

This is one of my favorite minerals and words.  I wanted to name my first *daughter Phlogopos but that was meet with sharp objections from my parents, my wife’s mother, and more importantly, my wife.  Needless to say she has a different name, Adrienne.

(*Although these posts are 'posted' by me, (Constance D),  it is Rick (my father) who writes them.  You can read about the family/rock hounds  HERE.)


  1. Boy, that's hard to say. Just imagine people trying to pronounce your name if You'd been called phologopyite. Regards to your dad. Blog on!

    1. Yeah, I'm just glad it wasn't me he wanted to name that. Thank you!

  2. I don't remember this from college Geology, but I swear I made an A. lol Do tell what the person who discovered this crystal did with it.

    1. There isn't really a 'use' for it. It's a mica.

      Thanks for stopping by!



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