Clay-alunite alterated amygdaloidal rhyolite
Virtual Museum ID: 19-T6-01
White; massive; fine grained; light density; bladed crystals evident on one weathered surface. Crystalline, vitreous amygdales are visible throughout specimen, relatively unaltered to clay. Protolith appeats to be a amygdaloidal rhyolite.
Alunite, white clay-like mineral coating the specimen, is a hydroxylated aluminium potassium sulfate mineral often forming from weathering and alteration of felsic volcanics/lavas mainly rhyolite and trachyte with generally high potassium contents.
Alunite has its uses in radiometric dating (K-Ar method) of weathering processes in ore deposits as well as the formation of alunite in caves.
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Original Collection:Smithers Exploration Group (SEG)
Sub Collection:High Sulfidation Epithermal Gold-Silver veins
Collection ID:T14-02 T6-01 now T14-02
Virtual Museum ID:19-T6-01
Date Added to VM:2019-08-19
Sample Origin:Toodoggone Region, Golden Triangle, BC
Specific Site:Al prospect, Toodoggone
Datum:09 (NAD 83)
Primary Features:Clay-alunite alterated amygdaloidal rhyolite
Primary Mineral Formula:KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Advanced Geological Information
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Geological Formation:Toodoggone Formation