Phosphorescence of calcite and fluorite, exposed for a few minutes to 2537° ultraviolet light from a low-pressure cold quartz mercury vapor lamp, persisted for 18 years. Emission was detected by placing the phosphorescing minerals on black-and-white and Kodachrome film, to obtain “phosphorographs” of the glowing areas. The rate of emission depends on temperature; the color of the phosphorescence has not changed; these confirm the results of other tests that prove that radioactivity is not involved. The patterns of growth of a crystal, and changes of its environment during formation, are clearly shown by the variegated colors in its phosphorograph.
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