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Cinnabar With Calomel

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Cinnabar With Calomel

Former collection Burger (Switzerland)
Classic Locality

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Description
Locality: 
Zimapán, Zimapán Municipality, Hidalgo, Mexico
Class: 
Massive/Crystalline
Size Range: 
Small miniature (3-4.5 cm)
Size: 
4.2 × 2.9 × 3.6 cm
Description

Zimapan cinnabar has been known for decades. This is a classic vein specimen, featuring thinkly crystallized blood red cinnabar crystal cleavage, very lustrous. In between the crystals there are yellow patches of calomel, which was also famous from this locality.

This specimen comes from the former Burger collection (Switzerland; pre-1951), relabelled in modern times.

Previous labels supplied (not photographed)
Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Cinnabar

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

Calomel

Formula: 
(Hg2+2)Cl2
Strunz: 
3.AA.30
Hardness: 
1.5 - 2.0
Type Locality: 
Landsberg (Moschellandsberg), Alsenz-Obermoschel, Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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