The Wannenköpfe
Ochtendung, Eifel region, Germany

The Minerals

CORUNDUM

Corundum is a rare but very attractive mineral. At the Wannenköpfe you can find Corundum in different sorts of xenoliths, in several forms and colours. Often the hexagonal thin plates grow on or around other minerals (Hematite, Nefeline), one plate above the other, forming blocks of Corundum. Colours: brown, orange, yellow, black-purple-green. Sometimes colourless or white tiny Corundum plates (0,2mm) on Sanidine or Rutile. Separate prismatic crystals are very rare. Saffire blue hexagonal tabulars are exceptional. A common variant is the "Sugar" Corundum, really tiny white/colourless plates, often on Sanidine or Rutile. Sometimes certain combinations form beautiful "constructions" ,for instance; Topaz, Hematite Sodalite and Corundum.


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