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Vaesite

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Description
Locality: 
Shinkolobwe Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo
Class: 
Massive/Crystalline
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
7.5 × 6 × 4.7 cm
Description

Heavy and hard to find classic specimen formed almost exclusively by interpenetrated crystals of steel grey vaesite, a rare nickel sulphide from Shinkolobwe.

Specimen #8009-12 of an unidentified Belgian collection.

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Vaesite

Formula: 
NiS2
Strunz: 
2.EB.05a
Hardness: 
4.5 - 5.5
Streak: 
Black
Type Locality: 
Kasompi Mine (Menda Mine; Kasompi Hill), Swambo, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)

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