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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Elbaite steamboat

Elbaite with albite and quartz from San Diego Co., California, United States
Photo by Dane A. Penland. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH R51-00
Locality California, United States

From the exhibit

It is easy to see how this famous specimen got its nickname: “The Steamboat.” Smokestacks of green-tipped, rose-pink elbaite (a tourmaline mineral) rise from a quartz hull. The specimen formed about 100 million years ago.



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