Palms to Pines Sphene (California)


552801 mE 3716242 mN 1187 m (UTM11N NAD83) (Google Maps)

Land Status:

San Bernardino National Forest


Large sphene crystals are found in granodiorite throughout this area. The coordinates were taken at an outcrop near a roadcut that offers a convenient parking spot along the Palms to Pines Highway (CA74). The sphenes range from golden-brown- to tan-colored and may be over an inch across. Large crystals are most common in coarser-grained pods within the host granodiorite.


Large Sphene Crystals from San Jacinto Mountains, California, R.W. Webb, American Mineralogist, 1939.

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