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Malachite

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Description
Locality: 
Wushan Copper Mine, Ruichang County, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China (Peoples Republic)
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
7.5 × 5.3 × 3.8 cm
Description

A rich, dark-green, velvety specimen of solid malachite crystal in a hemispherical aggregation.
The concentric swirls have a chatoyance to them that follows the light as it plays across. The chatoyance effect is very noticeable here, with seemingly shifting dark and light spots as you twist it under the light.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Malachite

Formula: 
Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Strunz: 
5.BA.10
Crystal System: 
Monoclinic
Hardness: 
3.5 - 4.0
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