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Smithite & Pararealgar

Rare Mineral-Classic locality
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Description
Locality: 
Lengenbach Quarry, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size Range: 
Thumbnail (1-3cm)
Size: 
1 × 0.5 × 0.3 cm
Description

Tiny red wine crystals of smithite, a silver sulphosalt. Smithite is very rare at Lengenbach: the number of confirmed smithite specimens from Lengenbach was only 121 in 2008 ! (from the book Faszination Lengenbach, 2008). Associated minerals are pararealgar and realgar. Find of 2009.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Smithite

Formula: 
AgAsS2
Strunz: 
2.GC.30
Crystal System: 
Monoclinic Tabular crystals.
Hardness: 
1.5 - 2.0
Type Locality: 
Lengenbach Quarry, Fäld (Imfeld; Im Feld; Feld), Binn Valley, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland

Pararealgar

Formula: 
As4S4
Strunz: 
2.FA.15b
Crystal System: 
Monoclinic
Hardness: 
1.0 - 1.5
Type Locality: 
Mt Washington mine, Comox District, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

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