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Cuprian Smithsonite Linarite & Cerussite

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Cuprian Smithsonite Linarite & Cerussite

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Description
Locality: 
Block 14 Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
2.6 × 4.8 × 4.2 cm
Description

A series of cavities in sandstone gossan is lined with cuprian smithsonite crystals that have a soft yellowish green colour. Over the smithsonite, bright blue sprays of linarite have grown along with white cerussite crystals many displaying good arrow head form.

Numerous areas of crystalline cuprite can be seen in the matrix and is the most likely source for the copper in the secondary minerals on this specimen.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Cuprian Smithsonite

Variety Of: 

Smithsonite

Formula: 
ZnCO3
Strunz: 
5.AB.05
Hardness: 
4.0 - 4.5
Formula: 
(Zn,Cu)CO3

Linarite

Formula: 
PbCu(SO4)(OH)2
Strunz: 
7.BC.65
Hardness: 
2.5
Type Locality: 
Linares, Linares-La Carolina District, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain

Cerussite

Formula: 
PbCO3
Strunz: 
5.AB.15
Crystal System: 
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal
Hardness: 
3.0 - 3.5
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Vicenza Province, Veneto, Italy
Earthstones Australia

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