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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 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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