Dims: 3.0 x 2.7 x 2.0" (7.6 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm)
Wt: 9.71 oz. (275.4 g)
Poona, Maharashtra State, India
The basalt base of this hand specimen holds 6 Okenite clusters. These clusters range in diameter from 0.3 -1.0" (0.8 - 2.5 cm) and though one is broken and another is noticeably damaged, the rest are intact and in excellent condition. Each cluster is made up of hundreds of superfine Okenite needles that likely do not exceed 0.4" (1.0 cm) in length. Each needle is far thinner than a human hair and likely has good triclinic form. As individuals, they are colorless, transparent and have a pearly luster, but the clusters are white in color and essentially opaque. They are accompanied by one or two gyrolite nodules, a few tiny laumontite prisms, several apophyllites, and socres of small, round prehnite nodules. All of these rest on a thin, white agate crust that partly coats the basalt.