So, do we have out there in Worstallreadershipland someone who actually knows what they\’re doing with minerals and gems and crystals? And if so, do we have one of those who would like to take on an interesting little (and paid!) commission?
The background is this.
There\’s a mineral/crystal called fluorite. CaF2. Lots of it mined around the world.
At one particular (now mined out) mine it was associated with another mineral, thortveitite. (Sc,Y) something something.
The thortveitite turned up in reasonable (thousands of ppm) in the tailings. There are also stories about the two coexisting in the same piece of crystal.
The bit that I don\’t know is whether having thortveitite where you\’ve got fluorite (or fluorspar) is normal or whether this old mine was exceptional. But what I have got is agreement from a fluorspar mine to give me some samples of both the fluorspar and the tailings to find out.
So, what I want to find is someone who can actually test these two (actually, there would probably be more than two samples to give us a flavour of different tailings streams) and tell me. Preferably someone in the UK.
For, if I can find thortveitite in the tailings then I know how to concentrate it and once I\’ve concentrated it I know how to get the Sc out. Which is the ultimate aim, of course.
So, anyone? anyone know anyone? Or even where I might start looking for someone with the required skill and equipment set?