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Re: Crystal sizes and voltage estimates
I'm currently on the road returning from a business trip to New York. I'll be back on Monday and will be available to chat after then.
Thanks for the response and the links, I did call and leave a message.
Answering your questions yes I have pictures.
Back ground on the rocks; they come ashore in winter storms along a stretch of beach that acts like a giant gold pan, heavies getting stranded at high tide.
There is no current source or lode location,
Size range from several ounces to 3-4 pounds each.
I have compared the material to many 10K
Other materials with no actual match,
These are\have been studied for over 25 years.
They are fused and tough to break, not hard like diamond, but will hardly abrade like Jadeite.
The fracture is hackney but very small,not concoidap like quarrz.
The crystal habit is radial 3d in all directions.
Some are clearly negative pattern and others positive pattern, a few have both negative and positive in the same sample rock with positive always overwriting the negative.
All are uniquely formed by the same process or group of processes.
All samples are individually made and no 2 match.
There are approximately 500 peices in the collection.
I have had thin section, XRD and infra red spectroscopy done to no conclusion.
There are no samples with a fusion crust.
The rocks have been shown widely to minerologist, rock enthusiasts, both Tucson and Quartzsite rock and mineral shows, Mindat, NASA via Arizona State Univerity, and many others.
No one to date has identified or matched the material to anything else.
The best guess involves plasma physics. Quasi-crystals, amorphous non repeatable spherulite quenches, high temperature flash metamorphism.
A guess is that they were NOT grounded during formation.
The overall color is bright red alternating with a steel blue under magnification giving and overall color of oxblood red to the naked eye.
The alternation of crystalline material is quartz and K feldspar in tight nucleation pattern.
There is a lot more we should discuss on the phone or in person.
I can tell you everything about what they are not but almost nothing as to what they are.
My pet name for them are the 'Quasarite group minerals", although they do not qualify for international naming conventions as they do not have a repeatable chemistry/crystallography nor do they have a type location.
In short a complete mystery.
Your captured lightning artwork and the lichtenberg figure photos are the closest thing I have seen so far.
Please, I need your expert opinion and guidance in identifying the source-type for these enigmatic materials.
Yours most sincerely,
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