Yukonite, Venus Mine, Tagish Lake, Yukon Territory
Yukonite is a rare mineral and is an hydrous calcium-iron arsenate (or somethign close to that!). It does contain water molecules and over time, will dehydrate and shrink, causing bits of the yukonite to fall out of the specimens. That is why most are coated in a varnish when collected to prevent the loss of water. All of these specimens are from the type locality at Tagish Lake in the Yukon and were collected about 25 years ago as part of a masters degree thesis study.
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