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Native Mercury With Cinnabar

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Native Mercury With Cinnabar

Former collection Burger

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Description
Locality: 
Coulterville District, Mariposa County, California, United States of America
Class: 
Crystal Group/Cluster
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
5.5 × 5.9 × 3.8 cm
Weight: 
104.00gr
Description

Intriguing specimen of thick blood red cinnabar veins in host rock. Where the veins open (a couple spots) some droplets of liquid native mercury appear, associated to perfectly formed crystals of cinnabar. Best appreciated at 10x. According to the label, the precise locality is 'Mine Coulter Bear, Sausma Cie, California, USA' whose reference I could not retrieve.

The specimen comes from the former collection Burger (pre-1951, labelled in modern times). The label cites 'from Bern Museum, cf0240', although no further reference is herewith provided.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Mercury

Formula: 
Hg
Strunz: 
1.AD.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
0.0
Colour: 
Tin white

Cinnabar

Formula: 
HgS
Strunz: 
2.CD.15a
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
2.0 - 2.5

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