Edenite



Edenite, a sodium calcium magnesium silicate hydroxide mineral of the amphibole group, was reported by Palache (1935) from the Franklin marble on the basis of the compositional similarity of local material and the type material from New York. It has not been studied since. The analysis by Gonyer given by Palache is calculated as edenitic hornblende using the conventions of Leake (1978). Many crystals of green color from the various marble quarries in the area, and known to local collectors as edenite, were examined and found to be largely pargasite; some were edenitic magnesiohornblende or pargasitic hornblende. Much of the material described by Palache as edenite is likely pargasite, which is abundant here.
Edenite has been verified by [Dunn] from Sterling Hill as 25 mm black euhedral crystals. Additional validated edenites are held in private collections, and one is in the Franklin Mineral Museum (FMM-Cook #168). (Dunn, 1995)


 Location Found: Franklin and Ogdensburg
     
 Mineral Note: Possibly fluoro-edenite; further analyses needed to establish F:OH ratios.
 Year Discovered: 1839
     
 Formula: {Na}{Ca2}{Mg5}(AlSi7O22)(OH)2
 Essential Elements: Aluminum, Calcium, Hydrogen, Magnesium, Oxygen, Silicon, Sodium
 All Elements in Formula: Aluminum, Calcium, Hydrogen, Magnesium, Oxygen, Silicon, Sodium
     
 IMA Status: Approved
     
     
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 References:
Dunn, Pete J. (1995). Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey: the world's most magnificent mineral deposits. Franklin, NJ.: The Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society. p.454

Frondel, Clifford (1972). The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, a checklist. NY.: John Willey & Sons. p.54


The Picking Table References
 PT Issue and PageDescription / Comment
View IssueV. 18, No. 1 - March 1977, pg. 24The Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, NJ by Richard C. Bostwick - Edenite
View IssueV. 15, No. 2 - August 1974, pg. 14Other Mineral Notes - Edenite
     
Images

     
Edenite crystals from Franklin, NJ
Edenite crystals (dark gray-green) from Franklin, NJ. Field of view 1 1/8" (29 mm). From the collection of Mark Dahlman, photo by WP.







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