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Native Gold & Erythrite

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Native Gold & Erythrite

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Description
Locality: 
Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Class: 
Combination
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
9 × 3.5 × 2.3 cm
Description

More than a dozen gold grains and unidentified minerals in an erythrite (or other cobaltoan mineral)-bearing matrix. Very interesting and rare. Only a couple of specimens of this new material showed up in Munich. It's hard to get some out of Morocco, because all gold belongs to the royal family.

I'm sure there's much more gold hidden in the matrix. The specimen is just too heavy ...

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Gold

Formula: 
Au
Strunz: 
1.AA.05
Crystal System: 
Isometric
Hardness: 
2.5 - 3.0

Erythrite

Formula: 
Co3(AsO4)2·8H2O
Strunz: 
8.CE.40
Hardness: 
1.5 - 2.5
Type Locality: 
Daniel Mine (St. Daniel Mine), Neustädtel, Schneeberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

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