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Posted by Ralph Bottrill  
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December 30, 2009 10:24AM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?



Pyromorphite
Pb5(PO4)3Cl hexagonal

Pyromorphite 3.3cm, Bad Ems District, Lahn valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany © fabreminerals.com



Afghanistan
Farah Province, Anar Dara District, Gologa Mine
4,2 x 3,5 x 2,4 cm © Josele
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Argentina
San Juan
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Australie
New South Wales, Bligh Co., Leadville, Mount Stewart Mine

Pyromorphite 5cm wide© Greg Andrew

This location is not widely known but has produced a moderate number of good specimens. Collected from a gossan outcrop near the engine shaft.


Australia
New South Wales, King Co., Kangiara Copper Mine (Kangiara Mine)

Pyromorphite 3.5cm wide© Jon Mommers


An oldtime cluster of Pyromorphite from this little known locality.



Australia
New South Wales, Wellington Co., Mudgee

Pyromorphite 4cm wide© C.Mercer
Pyromorphite 3.6cm wide© C.Mercer



Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill

Pyromorphite FOV 5mm© T. Kennedy 2002

This mineral field is world famous for its pyromorphites, from brown to yellow, green and white in colour, found in many of the older mines. It can be difficult to attribute specimens to an exact location.
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Block 14 Opencut, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
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Block 14 Opencut, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

© Karl Volkman05/05


Broken Hill Proprietary Mine (Proprietary Mine; BHP Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

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Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

© 2006 M. Kampf


Blackwood open cut, MMM Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

© Rob Lavinsky


North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine; NBH Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

© Rob Lavinsky
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Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

© JAF, LLC
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Brown's Prospect, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

© Keith F Compton
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Mt Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia




Pyromorphite Mine, Mt Shoobridge, Northern territory, Australia

Presently owned by Dehne Mclaughlin, who is producing a small number of nice specimens.


Tennant Creek, Tennant Inlier, Northern Territory, Australia

These gold mines produced some very nice specimens in the 1970's, some with plumbogummite (Orlando mine?)
Pyromorphite on hematite, Tennant Creek, NT, Australia. Photo and specimen: R. Bottrill. Size: 40x30mm, crystals to 5mm.


Black Rock lode (Black Rock Open cut), Mount Isa Mines, Mount Isa district, Mt Isa - Cloncurry area, Queensland, Australia

In 1974 the Black Rock was the only operating open cut at MIM ..Nev was a supervisor in the lead smelters at the time and also a keen fossicker ..MIM needed flux silica at that time and it was decided to mine the old BLACK STAR surface exposures for silica ..A very small pit was opened up and it was here the wall of pyromorphite was found..Nev sought and gained permission for the lapidary club (most of who were more interested in minerals ) The club went in for the day and the result are the pyros you now see from the first BLACK STAR OPEN CUT..This pit was only working for about 4 months in 1974..
The Pyromorphite were either long prisms or short barrels
They were whitish,yellow (most common)or green
They were sometimes coated with cerussite(I think there is a photo on Mindat)
The matrix was yellowish jasper like
Sometimes there was a coating of a manganese like mineral on the jasper.

© Joseph A. Freilich


70 x 72 x 24 mm. Crystals to 7 mm.

Avondale Mine, Lyndhurst, North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Not a big producer, but some very sweet specimens

Platt Prospect, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia

a classic site for pyromorphite and crocoite, still mined intermittently for specimens

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Pyromorphite lode, Zeehan Queen mine ("Sylvester-Queen"), Zeehan, Zeehan district, Tasmania, Australia

This site has been moderately famous for pyromorphite for many years. A couple collectors extracted a lot of specimens in the 1980's, but the workings are in a dangerous state now.

© Rob Lavinsky


7.1 x 5.4 x 2.8 cm. Lustrous forest-green pyromorphite microcrystals cover massive pyromorphite matrix on this showy and excellent, old-time specimen from the Zeehan Queen Mine of Tasmania.


Belgium
Luxembourg Province, Bastogne, Longvilly, Lead Mine

Pyromorphite FOV0,6cm© Harjo
Pyromorphite FOV0,6cm© Harjo


Pyromorphite 8x3cm© Harjo
Pyromorphite 8x5cm© Michel Blondieau


Old Lead mine on the border between Belgium and Luxembourg, about 10km from Bastogne.
Many good specimens have been found on the remaining dumps, also large cabinet specimens although they were/are rare.
Larger specimens are exceedingly hard to find but the locality remains a very good locality for thumbnail and MM specimens.


Bolivia
Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department,


Bulgaria
Pcheloyad (Ptchelojad; Pcheloiad) Mine, Rhodope Mts, Kardzali (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali; Kurdjali) Oblast


Canada
Society Girl Mine, Moyie, Fort Steele Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada
North Star Mine, Moyie, Fort Steele Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

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China
Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Daoping Mine (Tangping Mine), Gongcheng City, Gongcheng Co., Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Yangshuo Co., Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
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Lingchuan Lead zinc mine, Guilin, China

FOV 6mm© DRC


A mine I stumbled upon when I was supposed to be going to the more famous Yangshou mines [David Clayton]


Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

Le Cantonnier vein, Nontron, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

© P.Queneau


Beauvoir quarry, Échassières, Ébreuil, Allier, Auvergne, France
Lead mine, Saint-Maudé, Baud, Morbihan, Brittany, France
L'Argentolle Mine, L'Argentolle, Saint-Prix, Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Indre, Centre, France
Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France
Asprières, Decazeville, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Nuizière (Nuissière Mine), Chenelette, Beaujeu, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
Propières, Beaujeu, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France


Germany (Sebastien Moller)


Lower Saxony
Harz Mts.
Clausthal-Zellerfeld mining district

Saxony
Erzgebirge Mts.
Heilige Dreifaltigkeit Mine, Zschopau (most probably the type locality, rarely galena ps. after pyromorphite occurs, too).
Beihilfe Mine, Halsbrücke, Freiberg Mining District

Saxony
Erzgebirge Mts.
Antonsthal
"Unverhofft Glueck an der Achte"

Saxony
Granulit Mts.
nickel mine Callenberg North 1 (together with Crocoite)

Rhineland-Palatinate
Bad Ems Mining District
Merkur Mine
Braubach (Rosenberg Mine)
Pfingstsegen Mine
Friedrichssegen Mine

From this classic locality the most and the best German Pyromorphites came. Usually the xls are olive green or pale brown and prismatic, often barrel-shaped (so-called Emser Tönnchen).

Hunsrück Mts.
Kautenbach Mine, Bernkastel

From here Blue Lead Ore (Blaubleierz), which is galena after pyromorphite. But the other case (p. ps. after g.) occurs, too.

Hesse
Taunus Mts.
Jeanette Mine, Kransberg

Bavaria
Tanzfleck, Freihung, Upper Palatinate

North-Rhine Westphalia
Eifel Mts.
Mechernich (Breitenbenden and Maubach Mine)
Bergisches Land
Rohdenhaus Quarry, Wülfrath

Baden-Württemberg
Black Forest
Kinzig Valley
Erzengel Gabriel Mine, Einbach Valley, Hausach
old lead mine, mined for fluorite in the 1950'ies. Greyish green pyromorphite xls up to 1 cm on flesh-coloured baryte xls

Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach
Very famous for its rare and unique minerals (up to 400 valid species found there). On quartz pseudomorphs after Baryte with galena lenses, yellow groups of Pyromorphite xls up to about 1 cm can be found as well as beautiful needles and barrel shaped ones. Those are often pyromorphites (with P>As) as opposed by the labels of many collectors who label the yellow ones mimetite. Green, colourless (usually on Baryte, often with Segnitite/Beudantite) or even brown ones can be found, but those are usually micros.

Friedrich Christian and Herrensegen Mines, Wildschapbach Valley, Schapbach
old, abandoned mining district close by and very similiar to the Clara Mine. There quartz pseudomorphs after Baryte occur, too. Pyromorphite forms Pseudomorphs after cm-sized galena cubes and nice needle-shaped xls (usually grass-green). Whereas those old-time findings are almost all from Friedrich-Christian Mine, new findings with greyish green botryoidal aggregates on quartz come from Herrensegen Mine (I will upload a photo of my piece the next days).

Middle Black Forest
Giesen Valley, Reichenbach, Lahr
very old mines (12th century), old small-scale mines and dumps. On baryte, limonite (botryoidal) and/or triassic Sandstone very good prismatic grass-green to greyish green prismatic or cigar shaped xls

Schauinsland Mining District
Gespreng Vein
Willnau Vein
Fahrnacker vein I and II
Barbara Vein

I will post some pictures and descripions. The best and best known locality in that area.

Southern Black Forest
Gottesehre Mine, Urberg and Steinenbächle (Neue Hoffnung Mine), St. Blasien

Hessen
Vereinigung mine, Eisenbach [www.mindat.org]
Emilie II mine, Altweilnau [www.mindat.org]

Northrine-Westphalia
Ramsbeck [www.mindat.org]
Gute Hoffnung mine, Bleibuir [www.mindat.org]
Grünbleiberg mine, Niedergelpe [www.mindat.org]

Rhineland-Palatinate
Annenberg, Monzelfeld [www.mindat.org]



Ireland
Van Diemen's Land mines, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Italy
S'Ortu Becciu Mine, Donori, Cagliari Province, Sardinia, Italy

Crabulazzu Mine, Arbus, Medio Campidano Province, Sardinia, Italy

xls 3 mm - photo and coll. Antonio Gamboni

Japan
Kamioka mine, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture, Chubu Region, Honshu Island, Japan

Mexico
San Luis Mine, Guazapares, Mun. de Guazapares, Chihuahua, Mexico

Bright green (like new grass) pyromorphite crystals with no matrix. Good color, no damage. Overall size of mineral specimen: 2.5x2x1 cm. Size of individual crystals: 2-3.5 mm.

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San Francisco Mine (Cerro Prieto Mine), Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Mun. de Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico

Russia
Berezovskoe Au Deposit (Berezovsk Mines), Berezovskii (Berezovskii Zavod), Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Ekaterinburgskaya (Sverdlovskaya) Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia

Slovakia
Eastern Slovenské Rudohorie Mts, Košice Region, Slovakia

Spain
Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain

El Horcajo Mine, Minas de Horcajo, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

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UK

- Wheal Alfred, Phillack, Cornwall



Pyromorphite crystals, typically 4mm.
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Although there aren't any new finds, old material becomes available to collectors from time to time. The last good chance to acquire a fine one was when Jordí Fabre sold the Folch collection a couple of years ago which included several Wheal Alfred pyromorphites that once were in the collection of Arthur Russell. Unfortunately, we only have few photos of really good ones in our database. P. Haas


- Penberthy Crofts Mine, St Hilary, Cornwall


Field of view: 2.4 x 1.8 cm. © Peter Haas


In the 1980s, a group of collectors made their way into the mine and recovered a large amount of reasonable specimens (a few of them outstanding). They are often associated with bayldonite - an association that is pretty rare anywhere else.

There are a lot more Cornish pyro localities (Menheniot area, Trevinnick mine, Pentire Glaze mine, ...), but most of them did not produce any specimens that can compete in terms of quality or originality (i.e. particular habits and/or associated species) with the best of the best on an international scale. Wheal Pool near Helston might be worth mentioning, but there are only a few specimens known (we have a photo in the database, though !), so I'm not sure whether we should include it here. P. Haas



Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK
Burgam Mine (Burgham Mine), Stiperstones, Hope-Shelve District, Shropshire, England, UK

5.3 x 4.0 x 2.0 cm© Rob Lavinsky

From Peter Haas:
- Roughten Gill Mine proper: These specimens are old; most of them were recovered when the mine was still active. The best combos of pyromorphite with sky-blue plumbogummite came from the mine itself. On several occasions, a limited number of such specimens was also recovered from outcrops in the area, but these only reached thumbnail sizes.
- Outcrops of the Roughten Gill South vein below Iron Crag: These outcrops produced most of the well-known spindle-shaped crystals on iron-stained matrix.


The Caldbeck Fells localities also produced a large number of unusual habits and aggregations and all sorts of colours and colour-zoning.


14 x 7.5 x 6 cm © Rob Lavinsky


Barstows Trench, Cumbria, UK,

28mm x 18mm © DRC


Named after the famous collector Dick Barstow who opened it up in the 1970s. While Barstow's cut was named for him, he hasn't been the one who opened it up. There was another group of collectors working there, who used explosives to open up the area around a promising outcrop. Unfortunately, they made a big mistake in estimating the amount and totally blew up the area. Though, they were right in guessing that there would be some trouble after the explosion and decided that it would be better to leave. When Barstow arrived, he only had to dig a little further to break into the old stope which was full of pyromorphites. This locality produced a very large number of specimens and it needs to be noted, that many of them were of a rather low quality (damaged crystals). Even the bad ones, however, are occasionally traded for high prices (especially abroad) and I have seen dealers here in Germany who insist that this is because the material is rare. This may be the case with specimens from the mine, but for most other localities in the area, it is simply not true. Even the good ones from Barstow's cut are not particularly rare (good Cornish ones, for instance, are a lot rarer). The most stunning feature of these specimens is probably the wide range of colours. Some specimens had bright yellow pyros on one side and grass green ones on the other. Analyses confirmed that they are all pyromorphites and that they even have almost the same P/As ratio ! (however, some people keep on labelling the yellow ones as mimetites).(from Peter Haas)


Cooper, M.P., and Stanley, C.J. (1990): Minerals of the English Lake District. Caldbeck Fells. Natural History Museum Publications (London), 160 pp.


Bwlch Glas Mine, Wales, UK


6 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm © Rob Lavinsky

Finally, we should add the Welsh lead mine field, for which the Bwlch Glas Mine will be a good representative. An important find was made there only a few decades ago, and many of the specimens found their way in foreign collection. The typical acicular habit, and the irregular integrowth of the crystals found on many specimens make these pyros characteristic and worth mentioning. P. Haas


Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK

50 by 45 mm ©



USA
Idaho ,
Coeur d'Alene - green, colorless, pink, gray, and brown

3.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm © 2001 John H. Betts


Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA

3.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm © Rob Lavinsky

2.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm © Russell G. Rizzo

10,1cm x 8,3cm © Mario Pauwels

(early 1980s) yellow to reddish orange - botryoidal to prismatic (As rich); yellow, yellow-green, green prismatic; crystals to 2.5cm (late 80s to early 90s - specimen mining)


Little Giant - gray, gray-green, green to 2cm

2.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm © Russell G. Rizzo


Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville Mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA

3.7 x 3.4 x 1.1 cm © Rob Lavinsky


Leadville Colorado - Early mining (late 1800s) Yellow green to deep green crystals to 2.5cm.
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Kabwe (Broken Hill), Central Province, Zambia

Scale at bottom of image is an inch with a rule at one cm. ©



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Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Northern Territory,

Australia
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Mt Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory,

Australia
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Mt. Shoobridge, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tennant Creek, Tennant Inlier, Northern

Territory, Australia
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Black Rock lode (Black Rock Open cut), Mount Isa

Mines, Mount Isa district, Mt Isa - Cloncurry

area, Queensland, Australia
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Pyromorphite lode, Zeehan Queen mine

("Sylvester-Queen"), Zeehan, Zeehan district,

Tasmania, Australia
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Australia
Limestone Creek, Benambra, Gippsland, Victoria,
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Bleyberg Mine (Bleiberg Mine), Plombières

(Bleyberg), Plombières-Vieille Montagne

(Plombières-Altenberg) District, Verviers, Liège

Province, Belgium
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Lead mine, Longvilly, Bastogne, Luxembourg

Province, Belgium
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Huari-Huari Mine, Serranía Huarihuari, Cornelio

Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia
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Madjarovo deposit (Madyarovo deposit; Madzharovo

deposit), Rhodope Mts, Haskovo Oblast (Khaskovo

Oblast), Bulgaria
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Sedeftche (Sedefche) deposit, Ivaylovgrad,

Rhodope Mts, Kardzali (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali;

Kurdjali) Oblast, Bulgaria
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Pcheloyad (Ptchelojad; Pcheloiad) Mine, Rhodope

Mts, Kardzali (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali; Kurdjali)

Oblast, Bulgaria
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Rhodope Mts, Plovdiv Oblast, Bulgaria
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North Star Mine, Moyie, Fort Steele Mining

Division, British Columbia, Canada
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Society Girl Mine, Moyie, Fort Steele Mining

Division, British Columbia, Canada
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Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous

Region, China
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Daoping Mine (Tangping Mine), Gongcheng Co.,

Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous

Region, China
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Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo Co., Guilin Prefecture,

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
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Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia (Böhmen;

Boehmen), Czech Republic
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Řimbaba Mine, Bohutín deposit, Bohutín, Příbram,

Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia (Böhmen;

Boehmen), Czech Republic
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Stříbro (Mies), Plzeň Region, Bohemia (Böhmen;

Boehmen), Czech Republic
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Moldava (Moldawa), Dubí, Krušné Hory Mts

(Erzgebirge), Ústí Region, Bohemia (Böhmen;

Boehmen), Czech Republic
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Horní Benešov, Bruntál, Moravia-Silesia Region,

Moravia (Mähren; Maehren), Czech Republic
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Kipushi Mine (Prince Léopold Mine), Kipushi,

Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo

(Zaïre)
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El Oro Province, Ecuador
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Froensburg farm, Katzenthal forest, Lembach,

Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
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Champ Brècheté, Urbeis, Villé Valley, Bas-Rhin,

Alsace, France
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Schletzenburg (Schletzelberg; incl. Donnerloch

Mine), Steinbach, Cernay, Haut-Rhin, Alsace,

France
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Le Cantonnier vein, Nontron, Dordogne, Aquitaine,

France
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Beauvoir quarry, Échassières, Ébreuil, Allier,

Auvergne, France
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Huelgoat, Finistère, Brittany, France
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Poullaouen, Finistère, Brittany, France
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La Lande quarry, Plumelin, Morbihan, Brittany,

France
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L'Argentolle Mine, L'Argentolle, Saint-Prix,

Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray, Saône-et-Loire,

Burgundy, France
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Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Indre, Centre, France
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Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France
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Maxonchamp, Remiremont, Upper Moselle Valley,

Vosges, Lorraine, France
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Asprières, Decazeville, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées,

France
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Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn,

Midi-Pyrénées, France
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Nuizière (Nuissière Mine), Chenelette, Beaujeu,

Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France
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Szûzvár Mill, Pátka, Velencei Mts., Fejér Co.,

Hungary
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Van Diemen's Land mines, Glendalough, Co.

Wicklow, Ireland
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Old Luganure mine, Glendasan, Co. Wicklow,

Ireland
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Cagliari Province, Sardinia, Italy
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Sardinia, Italy
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Crabulazzu Mine, Arbus, Medio Campidano Province,

Sardinia, Italy
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Cinquevalli Mine, Roncegno, Valsugana, Trento

Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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Kisamori mine, Akita Prefecture, Tohoku Region,

Honshu Island, Japan
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Kisamori mine, Akita Prefecture, Tohoku Region,

Honshu Island, Japan

Guazapares, Mun. de Guazapares, Chihuahua, Mexico
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San Luis Mine, Guazapares, Mun. de Guazapares,

Chihuahua, Mexico
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Grande Mine, Chapatuato, Mun. de Cuidad Hidalgo,

Michoacan, Mexico
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San Francisco Mine (Cerro Prieto Mine), Cerro

Prieto, Cucurpe, Mun. de Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
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Mvouti (M'Fouati), Mvouti District, Kouilou

Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
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Dognecea (Dognácska; Dognaczka), Ocna de

Fier-Dognecea District, Banat Mts, Caras-Severin

Co., Romania
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Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
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Resuperferolitica Mine, Cerro Canaleja, Santa

Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
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Minas Viejas, Santa Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalusia,

Spain
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San Andrés Mine, Villaviciosa de Córdoba,

Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
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Vegadeo, Asturias, Spain
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El Horcajo Mine, Minas de Horcajo, Ciudad Real,

Castile-La Mancha, Spain
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Fajano mine, Villamayor de Calatrava, Ciudad

Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
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Florisada Mine, Casas de Monleon, El Endrinal,

Salamanca, Castile and Leon, Spain
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Sant Pare Mine, Anglès, La Selva, Girona

(Gerona), Catalonia, Spain
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Garpenberg, Hedemora, Dalarna, Sweden
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Garpenberg Södra (South) mine, Garpenberg,

Hedemora, Dalarna, Sweden
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Wheal Pool, Helston, Mount's Bay District,

Cornwall, England, UK
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Penberthy Croft Mine (Wheal Fancy), St Hilary,

Mount's Bay District, Cornwall, England, UK
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Wheal Alfred, Phillack, St Erth - Gwithian Area,

Cornwall, England, UK
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North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria,

England, UK
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Caldbeck Fells, North and Western Region

(Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK
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Driggith Mine (Driggeth Mine), Caldbeck Fells,

North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria,

England, UK
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Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, North and Western

Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK
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Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, North and Western

Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK
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Red Gill Mine, Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells,

North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria,

England, UK
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Mexico Mine, Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, North

and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria,

England, UK
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Wanlockhead, Dumfries & Galloway

(Dumfries-shire), Scotland, UK
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Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde

(Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK
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Sarrowcole Vein, Laverock Hall, Leadhills, South

Lanarkshire, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), Scotland,

UK
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Susanna Mine (Glennery Scar Vein; Susanna Vein

(Scar Vein); Portobello Vein; Humby Vein; Lead

Vein), Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde

(Lanarkshire), Scotland, UK
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Cystanog Mine (North Towy & Cystanog Mine;

Llangunnor Mine; Grand Duchess Mine; North Towy

Mine; Pen-Lan Mine; Carmarthen Mine; Hendir

Mine), Vale of Towy, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

(Dyfed), Wales, UK
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Bwlch Glas Mine, Talybont, Ceulanymaesmawr,

Ceredigion (Dyfed; Cardiganshire), Wales, UK
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Llechwedd Helyg Mine (Willow Bank Mine), Pen-bont

Rhydybeddau, Trefeirig, Ceredigion (Dyfed;

Cardiganshire), Wales, UK
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Frongoch Mine (Bron-y-Goch Mine; Llawynwnwch

Mine), Pontrhydygroes, Upper

Llanfihangell-y-Creuddyn, Ceredigion (Dyfed;

Cardiganshire), Wales, UK
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Flux Mine (Goshen Mine), Flux Gulch, Alum Gulch,

Harshaw District, Patagonia Mts, Santa Cruz Co.,

Arizona, USA
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Hardshell Mine (Manto Mine; Eagle-Picher

properties), Hardshell Gulch, Harshaw, Harshaw

District, Patagonia Mts, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona,

USA
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Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Midnite Mine (Midnight; Lookout Group), Burke,

Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Sherman Mine (Leary Mine), Burke, Coeur d'Alene

District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Greenhill-Cleveland Mine, Canyon Creek, Coeur

d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Hercules Mine, Canyon Creek, Coeur d'Alene

District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Giant Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co.,

Idaho, USA
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Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co.,

Idaho, USA
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Bunker Hill Properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene

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Mullan, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co.,

Idaho, USA
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Little Giant Mine, Mullan, Coeur d'Alene

District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Morning Mine, Mullan, Coeur d'Alene District,

Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Upper Giant Mine, Mullan, Coeur d'Alene District,

Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Viola Prospect (Bunker Hill), Coeur d'Alene

District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
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Manhan Mines (Loudville Mine; Southampton Lead

Mine; Northampton Lead Mine), Easthampton,

Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, USA
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Black Pine Mine (Combination Mine; Black Pine

Tailings; Black Pine Dump), Flint Creek Valley,

John Long Mts, Philipsburg District (Flint Creek

District), Granite Co., Montana, USA
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Davidson Co., North Carolina, USA
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Redmond Mine (Redmond prospect), Waterville Lake,

Haywood Co., North Carolina, USA
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Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville Mining District,

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Roan Antelope Mine, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
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Regards,
Ralph



Edited 19 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2012 05:49AM by Ralph Bottrill.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
December 31, 2009 01:25PM
Glad to see its started.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 01, 2010 07:08PM
    
Hello,

I will give you an overviw over the German pyromorphite localities. It will be a lot of work as there are many historical and actual localities which have delivered very rich and good pyromorphites.

This is just a first overview. I will add links and additional information to some localities the next days.

Germany
Lower Saxony
Harz Mts.
Clausthal-Zellerfeld mining district

Saxony
Erzgebirge Mts.
Heilige Dreifaltigkeit Mine, Zschopau (most probably the type locality, rarely galena ps. after pyromorphite occurs, too).
Beihilfe Mine, Halsbrücke, Freiberg Mining District

Rhineland-Palatinate
Bad Ems Mining District
Merkur Mine
Braubach (Rosenberg Mine)
Pfingstsegen Mine
Friedrichssegen Mine

From this classic locality the most and the best German Pyromorphites came. Usually the xls are olive green or pale brown and prismatic, often barrel-shaped (so-called Emser Tönnchen).

Hunsrück Mts.
Kautenbach Mine, Bernkastel

From here Blue Lead Ore (Blaubleierz), which is galena after pyromorphite. But the other case (p. ps. after g.) occurs, too.

Hesse
Taunus Mts.
Jeanette Mine, Kransberg

Bavaria
Tanzfleck, Freihung, Upper Palatinate

North-Rhine Westphalia
Eifel Mts.
Mechernich (Breitenbenden and Maubach Mine)
Bergisches Land
Rohdenhaus Quarry, Wülfrath

Baden-Württemberg
Black Forest
Kinzig Valley
Erzengel Gabriel Mine, Einbach Valley, Hausach
old lead mine, mined for fluorite in the 1950'ies. Greyish green pyromorphite xls up to 1 cm on flesh-coloured baryte xls

Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach
Very famous for its rare and unique minerals (up to 400 valid species found there). On quartz pseudomorphs after Baryte with galena lenses, yellow groups of Pyromorphite xls up to about 1 cm can be found as well as beautiful needles and barrel shaped ones. Those are often pyromorphites (with P>As) as opposed by the labels of many collectors who label the yellow ones mimetite. Green, colourless (usually on Baryte, often with Segnitite/Beudantite) or even brown ones can be found, but those are usually micros.

Friedrich Christian and Herrensegen Mines, Wildschapbach Valley, Schapbach
old, abandoned mining district close by and very similiar to the Clara Mine. There quartz pseudomorphs after Baryte occur, too. Pyromorphite forms Pseudomorphs after cm-sized galena cubes and nice needle-shaped xls (usually grass-green). Whereas those old-time findings are almost all from Friedrich-Christian Mine, new findings with greyish green botryoidal aggregates on quartz come from Herrensegen Mine (I will upload a photo of my piece the next days).

Middle Black Forest
Giesen Valley, Reichenbach, Lahr
very old mines (12th century), old small-scale mines and dumps. On baryte, limonite (botryoidal) and/or triassic Sandstone very good prismatic grass-green to greyish green prismatic or cigar shaped xls

Schauinsland Mining District
Gespreng Vein
Willnau Vein
Fahrnacker vein I and II
Barbara Vein

I will post some pictures and descripions. The best and best known locality in that area.

Southern Black Forest
Gottesehre Mine, Urberg and Steinenbächle (Neue Hoffnung Mine), St. Blasien

Regards,
Sebastian Möller
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 06, 2010 01:57AM
Many thanks Sebastien.
There is a lot to do, but Germany has some of the world's best pyromorphites, so it will be a great section to complete. Hopefully someone will take on at least France, USA and UK too.

Regards,
Ralph



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/06/2010 06:59AM by Ralph Bottrill.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 06, 2010 02:25AM
Well, I took a bite of the elephant! (it needs lots more!)
Im not sure how i ended up with two threads, but I guess we can merge them.

Regards,
Ralph
Re: pyromorphite
January 06, 2010 10:29AM
    
There are a lot of negligible Pyromorphit locations in Saxony but I would like to add two more well-known locations which are

Saxony
Erzgebirge Mts.

Antonsthal
"Unverhofft Glueck an der Achte"

Saxony
Granulit Mts.

nickel mine Callenberg North 1 (together with Crocoite)

Uwe
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 06, 2010 01:31PM
    
Hi all,
great to see the pyros started. First i´d like to add some more german IMHO important localities:

Hesse
Vereinigung mine, Eisenbach [www.mindat.org]
Emilie II mine, Altweilnau [www.mindat.org]

Northrine-Westphalia
Ramsbeck [www.mindat.org]
Gute Hoffnung mine, Bleibuir [www.mindat.org]
Grünbleiberg mine, Niedergelpe [www.mindat.org]

Rhineland-Palatinate
Annenberg, Monzelfeld [www.mindat.org]

I will try to help Sebastian with the german pyros as far as i have the time (still have to add his infos on Silberbrünnle to the Pseudomalachite article). Sebastian, i could work on the Rhineland-Palatinate localities as i have a lot of info and literature on those (and also some good photos). Also some localities may have to be added which are still not in the mindat database but historically yielded very good pyromorphite specimens

Keep the pyros comin´

cheers
Roger
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 06, 2010 01:42PM
Thanks Uwe and Roger
This is good help - its starting to take shape

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 07, 2010 06:45PM
    
Hello,

Roger: Thanks for your help. I do really appreciate it. I do have lots of experience and literature concerning the Black Forest localities, but not so much concerning the Rhineland ones. Surely I know Bad Ems and some of the Taunus ones from several descriptions, but have never been there, unfortunately.

I will write some about Saxony, especially the Freiberg area, where I lived for one year. I think the Schauinsland part will be very hard, as there are lots of information.

Uwe Ludwig: So weit ich weiss, ist der Fundort bei Antonsthal eine kleine Schachthalde im Feld Unverhofft Glück, nicht identisch mit der Helvinfundstelle an der Achte. Weisst du da näheres drüber. Muss mal meine Fotos durchsuchen, da sollte noch irgendwo einer sein.
(As far as I know, the place with the Pyros has been a small stockpile of a shaft of the Unverhofft Glück Mine, not identical with the helvite locality Unverhofft Glück an der Achte more to the east. Have to look through my photos, there should be one of a specimen from there.

Regards,
Sebastian Möller
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 09, 2010 06:20PM
Some fine specimens so far.

Here's another couple of localities:

Barstows Trench Cumbria UK, - Named after the famous collector Dick Barstow who opened it up in the 1970s
© DRC

Lingchuan Lead zinc mine, Guilin, China - A mine I stumbled upon when I was supposed to be going to the more famous Yangshou mines
© DRC

Regards
David
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 10, 2010 11:13AM
Thanks David - both added, but we would like a little info on these site if you have any?
regards
ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 10, 2010 12:17PM
Ralph,
Eating elephant is a bit like eating ice cream at an ice cream social. The first pint of so tastes really good. The second pint kind of fills you up and weighs you down. By the fourth pint you could swear that someone had spilled some kerosene and salt into the cream.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 10, 2010 12:39PM
Rock
Do you reckon I will never want to see another pyromorphite by the time I finish?
I will just have to eat slowly and savour every mouthful!

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 10, 2010 01:04PM
Eat slowly is the trick! Bon Apatit!

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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January 12, 2010 08:37PM
Ralph, Its getting better. I have gotten my slide scanner back on line and will shortly start scanning my Pyromorphite images and uploading them. There will be about 60 of them, some of which may be of use to you. Hope to get this done before Tucson.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 13, 2010 10:13AM
That will be great thanks Rock

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 14, 2010 03:31PM
    
Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville Mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA

Leadville Colorado - Early mining (late 1800s) Yellow green to deep green crystals to 2.5cm.

Idaho , Coeur d'Alene - green, colorless, pink, gray, and brown
Little Giant - gray, gray-green, green to 2cm
Bunker Hill (early 1980s) yellow to reddish orange - botryoidal to prismatic (As rich); yellow, yellow-green, green prismatic; crystals to 2.5cm (late 80s to early 90s - specimen mining)


In US, some pegmatites had micro crystals.
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 15, 2010 12:41PM
Thanks David
Do you have any pictures of Leadville specimens?

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 15, 2010 02:46PM
    
Sorry, no. I don't even recall seeing them in any museums
avatar Re: pyromorphite
January 19, 2010 07:46AM
Ralph, I have just uploaded all the good Pyromorphite images I have. Perhaps some of them may be useful to you. A good way to see only the Pyromorphites I have uploaded is to go to my gallery and search for Pyromorphite.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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