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Cinnabar

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Description
Locality: 
Tsumeb Mine, Otavi Highlands, Namibia
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Thumbnail (1-3cm)
Size: 
1.7 × 1.5 × 0.6 cm
Description

Orange red crystals of the extremely rare for the locality mineral, cinnabar from Tsumeb, in a matrix of green bayldonite. Good contrast with the matrix. 

It was labeled as RRR (extremely rare, single occurrence with less than 10 specimens known!) in Gebhard's Tsumeb II book monography on the locality.

Mercury containing minerals appear to be extremely rare in Namibia.

A very sought after mineral for the collectors of Tsumeb minerals.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Cinnabar

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

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