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Zorite with Raite

Zorite is a hydrous sodium titanium silicate, while raite is hydrous sodium manganese titanium silicate. Mer'kov et al. (1973) named raite species after the papyrus ship Ra, captained by Thor Heyerdahl (1969-1970), which demonstrated the viability of ancient Egyptian boat designs. The mineral name zorite references the Russian zor'ka, a rosy radiance of the sky at dawn, reminiscent of the color of the mineral.

Zorite forms pale pink needles averaging 0.5 mm while raite forms golden brown needles also averaging 0.5 mm. Chalky white penkvilksite and altered brown manganoneptunite comprise the matrix. From the collection of E.R. Laskowski (1949-2020), a mining engineer who retired to Tucson, Arizona.

Price: $75

Item code: MS1938

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