Virtual Museum ID: 17-PME22551
Kyanite is a blue aluminosilicate mineral that forms distinctive elongate crystals. It found in metamorphic rocks, pegmatite intrusions, quartz veins, and rarely in sedimentary rocks. It forms under high pressure metamorphic conditions. In fact, geologists use it as an indicator of the metamorphic conditions that affected a rock, since it only forms under particular pressure and temperature conditions. Kyanite has the unusual property of anisotropic hardness. That means that its hardness is different in one orientation to another; its hardness along its long axis is different to its hardness across it. Kyanite is used mainly in ceramics and electronics.
This sample is from Enderby in the Southern Interior region of BC.
It was collected from one of eight claims south of Enderby staked in the 1950s when logging exposed an outcrop containing quartz-kyanite veins. The veins are up to 2 metres wide in metamorphic schist host rocks.
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Original Collection:Pacific Museum of Earth (PME)
Virtual Museum ID:17-PME22551
Date Added to VM:2017-12-08
Sample Origin:Enderby, British Columbia
Datum:11 (NAD 83)
Primary Mineral Formula:Al₂SiO₅
Advanced Geological Information
The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.