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43 mm Apatite from Malmberget
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 34 x 43 x 42 mm (104 grams)
This one is a dark green, big translucent green Apatite. The top is naturally grown, but the bottom is missing, and there is some damage on the backside. However, it looks great on display.
I don't know when this one was found, but I assume about 20 years ago.
Malmberget has one of the largest underground mines for ore in the world and the second-largest in Sweden. The deepest point is 1390 meters below ground. Annual production is over 5 million tonnes of iron ore.
There is a big variety of crystals and minerals found in the mines:
Sometimes the miners hit pockets with crystals, but seldom they are collected as it would slow the work. Luckily there are workers who are trying to save/collect the most interesting stuff.
My father had friends in the mining companies in Sweden and traded minerals directly from them. Most of the stuff he got was back about 15-25 years ago. Much of this material is now long gone, and seldom seen on the market.
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