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Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, United States of America
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
4 × 7 × 4 cm

The Sterling Mine is the type and only known locality for this rather crazy As bearing mineral. It is the mineral species with the largest number of atoms in the unit cell (Paulus B. Moore). Despite the complex structure, the chemistry is remarkably constant from sample to sample (Pete Dunn). The mine closed in 1986. There won’t be any more of this stuff coming out.

This is a very good sample. The mcgovernite spans about 1.5 x 4 cm. The matrix is lean calcite/franklinite/willemite ore (characteristic for mcgovernite). The calcite barely fluoresces except on the top surface, where it is the usual bright red.

I didn’t provide a photo of the back because there is nothing to see!

Weight 8.7 oz. Single item shipping weight about 11.5 oz.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock


Type Locality: 
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
LMB minerals

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