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.)

4 comments:

  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!

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

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  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.

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

      Thanks for stopping by!

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