MinDat presently lists 36 mineral species from this
locality while another site list as many as fifty-two (but the larger number is a result of listing Adamite, Cuprian
Adamite, etc. These duplicate entries are not included). Combining the two lists results in 58 different species. Little has been done to describe or identify the fluorescent minerals from these unique deposits.
For a list of all the minerals noted as found in the Puttapa/Beltana
deposits, go to www.MinDat.org
and an article on fossicking at Puttapa (Fossicking for minerals at the Puttapa Zinc Mine, South Australia- by Patrick
C. Murphy & James N. Murphy) or The Mineralogical Record, volume 22, November-December 1991
"Minerals of the Beltana Mine, Puttapa, South Australia" by Peter Elliott.Fluorescence
Very little professional work has been done to identify the wild
fluorescent colors found in specimens from Puttapa, Aroona and the surrounding mines. Willemite is fluorescent (and phosphorescent) green but I have also seen a bluish/white fluorescence which may also be
willemite (under MW both the green areas and the blue/wht/peach areas fluoresce a yellow color-
which could be willemite or? ). Aragonite reportedly is fluorescent blue/white in these pieces, but Hedyphane is also reported to fluoresce a blue color. Calcite fluoresces a bright reddish/orange and might fluoresce a dark purple.
Often there are two to four colors of phosphorescence- white, green, blue and
yellow. The green is likely willemite, while the white could be aragonite, hedyphane could be the blue while the yellow
is still one of the many unknowns.
Graham has told me that what was shipped is all there is. After repeated searches
of the area, he has not found additional collector grade specimen material. Do not wait if you want the best specimen
choices. High grade specimens are being quickly purchased broken up and sold in the secondary market.
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