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Actinolite Schist

One type of actinolite is known as nephrite, one of the two minerals commonly referred to as jade. Creamy white to green in color, nephrite is more common and less valuable than jadeite, the other form of jade, but, nevertheless, has a long history of ornamental and religious use in various countries, especially China. Large deposits of nephrite can be found in numerous locations throughout the world, including the Khotan and Yarkland regions in central Asia, the Lake Baikal vicinity of Siberia, and southern Wyoming and the Alaskan Jade Mountains in the United States.

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