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Domerockite & Conichalcite

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Domerockite & Conichalcite

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Description
Locality: 
Dome Rock Mine, Olary Province, South Australia, Australia
Size Range: 
Thumbnail (1-3cm)
Size: 
2.3 × 1.5 × 0.9 cm
Description

This very rare copper arsenate occurs here as pale blue micro crystals and also massive, associated with lime green conichalcite on one face of the matrix.  Domerockite was IMA approved as a new species in 2009. A microscope is recommended for viewing these minerals.

The Dome Rock Mine is the type and only locality for domerockite to date. It has been incorporated into a nature reserve for the protection of rare bird species but permission to collect here is limited

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Domerockite

Formula: 
Cu4H(AsO4)2(OH)3·H2O
Hardness: 
3.0 - 0.0
Type Locality: 
Dome Rock Copper Mine, Boolcoomatta Reserve (Boolcoomata Station; Boolcoomatta), Olary Province, South Australia, Australia

Conichalcite

Formula: 
CaCu(AsO4)(OH)
Strunz: 
8.BH.35
Crystal System: 
Orthorhombic
Hardness: 
4.5
Type Locality: 
Hinojosa del Duque, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
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