Monday, May 25, 2015

The Clouds in Fluorite

Fluorite, also known as Fluorspar, is made up of Calcium and Fluorite. The name Fluorite comes from Latin "fluere" meaning flow, as the mineral is easy to melt and is often used as a flux in the iron smelting industry.

It has a wider range of colors than any other mineral, making a true “rainbow” stone. Pure Fluorite is colorless but the rainbow colors are caused by mineral inclusions. It is a 4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. 

Most fluorite occurs as vein fillings in rocks that have been subjected to hydrothermal activity (heated water in the earth's crust). Fluorite is also found in the fractures and vugs of some limestones and dolomites. It is found worldwide.
Many samples of fluorite exhibit fluorescence under ultraviolet light, a property that takes its name from fluorite. Many minerals, as well as other substances, fluoresce under UV light.

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