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Plancheite & Malachite

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Plancheite & Malachite

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Description
Locality: 
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Lualaba, DR Congo
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
6.5 × 3.5 × 3 cm
Description

This is an exceptional specimen rich in deep green reflective malachite crystals which contrast beautifully with blue plancheite. The plancheite consists of aggregates of hair like crystals. A top quality example of the association.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Plancheite

Formula: 
Cu8(Si8O22)(OH)4·H2O
Strunz: 
9.DB.35
Crystal System: 
Orthorhombic
Hardness: 
6.0
Type Locality: 
Sanda carriere (Sanda quarry; Sanda Mine), Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Malachite

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