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Smithsonite

ex Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences #4392
With Antique Label

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Description
Locality: 
Bad Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria
Class: 
Massive/Crystalline
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
5.5 × 7.1 × 3.9 cm
Description

Off-white massive material with numerous tiny holes and vugs as well as patches of tiny mammilated srtuctures.

The location is problematic in that the Academy labels state Kaive, Carinthia. The only settlement named Kaive I have successfully tracked down is in Latvia,and the Austro-Hungarian Empire did not extend that far north. Zinc minerals are not listed for Latvia, however smithsonite is documented from the Bleiberg District in Carinthia, Austria, and specimens shown on-line are very comparable to this specimen.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Smithsonite

Formula: 
ZnCO3
Strunz: 
5.AB.05
Hardness: 
4.0 - 4.5
Streak: 
White

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