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Pseudomorphs & Replacements J to M

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Pseudomorphs & Replacements J to M
November 21, 2010 10:47AM
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Jamesonite after FizélyiteRomaniaMaramures Co., Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Chiuzbaia (Kisbánya), Herja Mine

Jamesonite after Fizélyite FOV 2cm wide




Juangodoyite after ChalconatroniteChileTarapacá Region, Iquique Province, Santa Rosa-Huantajaya District, Santa Rosa Mine

Juangodoyite @ Chalconatronite FOV 2mm




Kaolinite after HelviteRussiaEastern-Siberian Region, Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Vilyui River Basin (Vilui River Basin; Wilui River Basin)

Kaolinite after Helvite 2.3cm
Kaolinite after Helvite 2.3cm


Kaolinite after LeuciteBrazilMinas Gerais, Poços de Caldas plateau, Caldas, Osamu Utsumi mine (Campo do Cercado)

Kaolinite after Leucite ~2.5cm wide
Kaolinite after Leucite~2.5cm


Kaolinite after LeuciteBrazilMinas Gerais, Poços de Caldas plateau, Poços de Caldas

Kaolinite after Leucite ~4cm wide
Kaolinite after Leucite 6.2cm


Kaolinite after LeuciteItalyCampania, Naples Province, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Monte Somma, Sant'Anastasia, Fosso Cancherone

Kaolinite after Leucite 4.2cm




Kaolinite after OrthoclaseUIKSt Agnes District, St Agnes, Wheal Coates

Kaolinite after Orthoclase, both ~2.8cm




Kaolinite after OrthoclaseUKEngland, Cornwall, St Austell District, St Dennis, Slip China Stone Quarry

Kaolinite after Orthoclase ~6cm wide




Kaolinite & Sericite after FeldsparUKEngland, Cornwall, St Austell District, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Melbur, Melbur China Clay Pit

Kaolinite & Sericite @ Feldspar 4.8cm
Kaolinite & Sericite @ Feldspar size ?


Kaolinite & Sericite after FeldsparUKEngland, Cornwall, St Austell District, Treverbyn, Bugle, North Goonbarrow China Clay Pit

Kaolinite & Sericite after Feldspar 5cm? wide




Kettnerite after bismuth mineralGermanyBaden-Württemberg, Black Forest, Wolfach, Oberwolfach, Rankach valley, Clara Mine

Kettnerite @ bismuth mineral FOV 1cm



K Feldspar after MarialiteAustraliaQueensland, Mount Isa - Cloncurry area, Selwyn District, Mount Elliott Mine

K Feldspar @ Marialite 4.6cm wide




Kidwellite after ?USAGeorgia, Burke Co., Girard District, Girard

Kidwellite after ?, FOV 5mm




Kolwezite after BariteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Western area, Kolwezi

Kolwezite after Barite 3.7cm tall




Kutnohorite after CalciteUSAColorado, San Juan Co., Silverton District, Howardsville, Sunnyside Mine (American Tunnel; Mogul Mine; Washington Mine; Belle Creole; Gold Prince; Brenneman Mine; Sunnyside Mine Group)

Kutnohorite after Calcite 7.5cm wide




Kyanite after AndalusiteRussiaNorthern Region, Murmanskaja Oblast', Kola Peninsula, Keivy Mountains, Pestsovye Keivy, Semiostrov'e

Kyanite after Andalusite 4.5cm wide




Lazurite after Afghanite on CalciteAfghanistanBadakhshan Province (Badakshan Province; Badahsan Province), Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley), Sar-e-Sang District

Lazurite @ Afghanite ~6cm tall on Calcite



The alteration of the Afghanite by Lazurite is only skin deep on this specimen.


Lazurite after PhlogopiteAfghanistanBadakhshan Province (Badakshan Province; Badahsan Province), Koksha Valley (Kokscha Valley; Kokcha Valley), Sar-e-Sang District

Lazurite after Phlogopite 2.1cm wide




Lead replacint plant rootsUSAArizona, Santa Cruz Co., Tubac

Lead replacint plant roots FOV 3.5mm




Leadhillite after CerussiteUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Mammoth District, Tiger, St. Anthony deposit, Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine (Mammoth-St Anthony Mine; Mammoth Mine; St. Anthony Mine)

Leadhillite after Cerussite 5.8cm wide



Examples of this pseudomorph from Tiger are rare.


leonhardite after LaumontiteCanadaNova Scotia, Annapolis Co., Margaretville

Leonhardite after Laumontite 6cm wide



Leonhardite is not longer considered a mineral. It is now considered a synonym of Laumontite which is not very correct either. Leonhardite was the mineral you got when Laumontite lost its water. It might be more properly be describes as a variety of Laumontite.



Leonite after Picromerite on HaliteGermanyHesse, North Hesse, Werra Valley, Heringen, Wintershall Potash Works

Leonite @ Picromerite on Halite 5.5cm
Leonite @ Picromerite 9.7cm

If you have any Leonite pseudomorphs after Picromerite on Halite or as loose crystals, you should take very good care of them because they are not very stable in most normal collection environments. Put them in a cool dry place that is not subject to fluctuations in humidity or temperature. Otherwise you may end up with a pile of little white crystal fragments.

Leonite after PicromeriteGermanyThuringia, Roßleben, Potash Mine

Leonite after Picromerite FOV 5cm
Leonite after Picromerite 5.7cm wide


Leonite after Picromerite 13cm tall




Leonite after Picromerite & HaliteUkraineIvano-Frankivs'k Oblast' (Ivanovo-Frankovsk Oblast'), Kalusa Salt deposit (Kalusz)

Leonite after Picromerite & Halite ~10cm
Leonite after Picromerite & Halite 6.5cm


Lepidolite after ElbaiteBrazilMinas Gerais, Jequitinhonha valley, Itinga

Lepidolite after Elbaite 6cm long


Leucoxene is not a mineral, but rather a an alteration product and mixture of Fe-Ti oxides, including titanite, perovskite, titanian magnetite, but especially ilmenite. Most 'leucoxene' is anatase or rutile.


lepidolite @ Tourmaline in QuartzBrazilMinas Gerais, Jequitinhonha valley, Araçuaí (Arassuaí)

lepidolite @ Tourmaline in Quartz 4cm




lepidolite after TourmalineBrazilMinas Gerais, Jequitinhonha valley, Itinga, Teixerinha mine

lepidolite after Tourmaline 4.1cm tall




lepidolite after TourmalineBrazilMinas Gerais, Jequitinhonha valley, Itinga

lepidolite @ Tourmaline 3cm tall
lepidolite after Tourmaline 6.1cm tall


lepidolite @ Tourmaline 7cm
lepidolite after Tourmaline 3.9cm tall


lepidolite after TourmalineUSACalifornia, San Diego Co., Pala District, Pala, Chief Mountain, Elizabeth R. Mine (Hazel W. claim)

lepidolite after Tourmaline 4cm wide



Leucoxene is not a mineral but a mixture of minerals. It is an alteration product and mixture of Fe-Ti oxides, including titanite, perovskite, titanian magnetite, but especially ilmenite. Most 'leucoxene' is anatase or rutile.

leucoxene after AnataseFranceCentre, Gien, Loiret, Loire River alluvials

Leucoxene after Anatase 0.35mm




leucoxene after IlmeniteFranceCentre, Gien, Loiret, Loire River alluvials

leucoxene after Ilmenite 0.3mm




leucoxene after MagnetiteGermanyBaden-Württemberg, Odenwald, Eberbach, Katzenbuckel Mt., Michelsberg Quarry

leucoxene after Magnetite 3mm wide





Limonite is the name is currently used for unidentified massive hydroxides and oxides of iron, with no visible crystals, and a yellow-brown streak. 'Limonite' is most commonly the mineral species goethite, but can also consist of varying proportions of maghemite, hematite, lepidocrocite, hisingerite, pitticite, jarosite group species, etc. Although the images below appear to be crystals, they are only the pseudomorphs (false forms) of minerals that have been replaced by various fine grained iron minerals that are often not easy to characterize exactly and the name limonite is commonly used to describe them. The reason that we do not capitalize the L in limonite below is because it is not an IMA approved mineral name. We use it here because it has a long track record as a useful name and one that is currently commonly used. There are a few other mineral mixtures that are pseudomorphs that we treat in a similar fashion in this article for want of a better term to describe them. It may be that limonite pseudomorphs are the most common of all pseudomorphs and you can see from the very many of them below that they are indeed abundant. Sometimes these are called Goethite pseudomorphs, but I would bet a good steak dinner that most of those are in reality limonite pseudomorphs as well.

limonite after ClinozoisiteUSACalifornia, Riverside Co., Crestmore, Crestmore

limonite after Clinozoisite 3.5mm wide




limonite after Cuprite with Azurite & MalachiteGreeceAttikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Sounion Area, Agia Varvara Mines (St Barbara Mines), Sounion Mine No. 06 ("Exi" Mine)

limonite after Cuprite with Azurite & Malachite FOV 8mm




limonite after LegranditeMexicoDurango, Mun. de Mapimí, Mapimí, Ojuela Mine

limonite after Legrandite ~6cm wide




limonite after MarcasiteItalyMarche, Ancona Province, Fabriano, Pecorile
limonite after Marcasite 1.5cm tall




limonite after MarcasiteUSAMissouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Joplin Field

limonite after Marcasite 10cm tall




limonite after MarcasiteUSAMissouri, Jefferson Co., Southwest Jefferson County barite and lead District

limonite after Marcasite 4cm wide




limonite after MarcasiteUSAWisconsin, Colombia Co.

limonite after Marcasite 4.9cm tall



Limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite are quite common and only a few of the more prominent localities are listed here. The alteration of the pyrite can range from just skin deep to complete. Hematite and goethite are the most common alteration products, the iron mineral maghemite (Fe3+2O3) is also common. Maghemite unlike hematite and goethite is strongly magnetic and it does not take much of it to make the pseudomorphs weakly to strongly magnetic. What causes the formation of maghemite in some pseudomorphs is not known exactly, but several mechanism and conditions have been suggested. Here is a comment by one of our members Ben Grguric that I found interesting.

"In the inland of Australia limonitic pisoliths on the surface of the ground are often magnetic while those underneath are not or much less so. The phenomenon has been ascribed to grass or brush fires converting some of the Fe-hydroxides to maghemite (Anand and Gilkes 1987). One geochemical exploration technique is so-call mag-lag sampling in which a magnet is dragged along the surface to collect these magnetic gravel, which are then chemically analysed."



limonite after Pyrite (devels dice)AustraliaQueensland, Mt Isa - Cloncurry area, Mount Isa district, May Downs Station, Slaughteryard Creek

limonite after Pyrite ~2.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteAustraliaSouth Australia, Flinders Ranges, North Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola area

limonite after Pyrite 3.8cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 4.3cm wide


limonite after PyriteAustraliaSouth Australia, Flinders Ranges, North Flinders Ranges, Chambers Gorge (Mount Chambers Gorge)

limonite after Pyrite FOV 4cm




limonite after PyriteAustraliaSouth Australia, Olary Province, Olary

limonite after Pyrite 4cm wide




limonite after PyriteAustriaStyria, Fischbacher Alpen Mts, Rettenegg, Blasenkogel Mt. (Blasenberg Mt.)

1.2cm limonite @ Pyrite with Quartz




limonite after Pyrite & QuartzAustriaStyria, Fischbacher Alpen Mts, Mürzzuschlag, Langenwang, Pretulgraben, Amundsenhöhe Mt.

A 1cm limonite cube @Pyrite in Quartz




limonite after PyriteBrazilMinas Gerais, Doce valley, Divino das Laranjeiras

limonite after Pyrite 8cm wide




limonite after PyriteBrazilMinas Gerais, Montes Claros

limonite after Pyrite 3.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteBrazilSão Paulo, Santana do Parnaíba

limonite after Pyrite 3cm wide




limonite after PyriteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)Katanga (Shaba), Katanga Copper Crescent, Western area, Katonto hill

limonite after Pyrite 9.7cm wide




limonite after PyriteGermanyNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Arnsberg, Sauerland, Holzen, Calcite quarry

limonite after Pyrite 5.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteItalyPiedmont, Torino Province, Sesia-Lanzo zone, Lanzo Valley, Viù Valley, Usseglio, Margone

limonite after Pyrite 5.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteJapanHonshu Island, Chubu Region, Nagano Prefecture, Chisagata-gun, Takeshi

limonite after Pyrite 8mm wide




limonite after PyritePakistanFederally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khyber Agency, Mulla Ghori, Zagi Mountain (Zegi Mountain)

limonite after Pyrite 6cm tall




limonite after PyritePortugalÉvora District, Vila Viçosa

limonite after Pyrite ~6cm wide




limonite after PyritePortugalÉvora District, Vila Viçosa, Pardais, Miguel Vacas Mine

limonite after Pyrite 3cm wide




limonite after PyritePortugalSetúbal District, Sesimbra, Zambujal

limonite after Pyrite 3.5cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 6.5cm wide


limonite after PyriteRomaniaArad Co., Sebis (Borossebes)

limonite after Pyrite 5cm wide




limonite after PyriteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Kalahari manganese fields, Hotazel, Hotazel mine

limonite after Pyrite 9.9cm wide




limonite after PyriteSpainAndalusia, Málaga, Benalmádena

limonite after Pyrite 3.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteSpainAndalusia, Málaga, Carratraca

limonite after Pyrite 7.5cm wide




limonite after PyriteSpainAndalusia, Málaga, Carratraca, Plains of Arenalejos

limonite after Pyrite 6cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 7cm wide


limonite after Pyrite 6cm wide




limonite after PyriteSpainAndalusia, Málaga, Ronda Massif

limonite after Pyrite 12cm tall




limonite after PyriteSpainCastile and Leon, León, Puebla de Lillo, Respina Mine

>limonite after Pyrite 2.3cm wide
limonite after Pyrite on Dolomite 6cm


limonite after PyriteSpainCatalonia, Barcelona, Barcelonès, Barcelona, Montjuïc

limonite after Pyrite 2.3cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 2cm wide


limonite after Pyrite<b>SwitzerlandWallis (Valais), Brig, Naters, Natischer Berg Mt. (Nessel Alp)

limonite after Pyrite 4.3cm




limonite after Pyrite & AlbiteUSACalifornia, San Diego Co., Pala District, Pala, Chief Mountain, Elizabeth R. Mine (Hazel W. claim)

limonite after Pyrite & Albite 6.4cm wide




limonite after PyriteUSACalifornia, Siskiyou Co., Happy Camp

limonite after Pyrite 3.5cm tall




limonite after PyriteUSANevada, Elko Co., Silverzone Pass, Radar Hill

limonite after Pyrite 2cm wide




limonite after PyriteUSANorth Carolina, Cabarrus Co., Concord

limonite after Pyrite 2.6cm tall




limonite after PyriteUSANorth Carolina, Stanly Co., Aquadale

limonite after Pyrite 3cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 2.5cm


limonite after Pyrite




limonite after PyriteUSAPennyslvania, Chester Co. East Whiteland Township, Valley Store, Mill Lane Farms (Great Valley Corporate Center)

limonite after Pyrite, largest=2.3cm




limonite after PyriteUSAPennsylvania, Lancaster Co., Manheim Township, Fruitville, Fruitville Pike Limonite occurrence

limonite after Pyrite, largest=3.5cm
limonite after Pyrite 2.5cm


limonite @ Pyrite 2.7cm tall
limonite after Pyrite 3.29cm


limonite after PyriteUSAPennsylvania, York Co., Leader Heights (near Jacobus), Interstate 83 Roadcut

limonite after Pyrite 2.7cm




limonite after PyriteUSAUtah, Utah Co., Pelican Point Area

limonite after Pyrite 5cm tall
limonite after Pyrite 10.7cm wide


limonite after Pyrite 6.7cm tall
limonite after Pyrite 6.2cm wide
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limonite after Pyrite 7.5cm wide


limonite after Pyrite 4cm wide
limonite after Pyrite 4.1cm wide


limonite after Pyrite 7.2cm
limonite after Pyrite 6.2cm wide

Probably the best limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite are those from Pelican Point. They are rarely rivaled for their sharpness and their size is often remarkable.


limonite after PyriteUSAVirginia, Albemarle Co., State Highway 6 roadcut

limonite after Pyrite, largest=2cm




limonite after SideriteArgentinaCatamarca, Belen Department, Papachacra

limonite after Siderite 5cm tall




limonite after SideriteAustriaSalzburg, Hohe Tauern Mts, Rauris valley, Hüttwinkl valley, Grieswies - Krumlkeeskopf Mt. area, Grieswies-Schwarzkopf Mt. (Grieswies-Schwarzkogel Mt.)

limonite after Siderite 5.8cm wide




limonite after SideriteAustriaTyrol, North Tyrol, Ziller valley

limonite after Siderite 8cm wide




limonite after Siderite & QuartzAustriaTyrol, North Tyrol, Ziller valley, Zemmgrund, Mörchner area, Saurüssel

limonite after Siderite & Quartz 9.5cm wide




limonite after SideriteBoliviaCochabamba Department, Ayopaya Province, Kami Mine

limonite after Siderite 12.7cm wide




limonite after SideriteBrazilMinas Gerais, Jequitinhonha valley, Diamantina

limonite after Siderite ~7xm wide




limonite after SideriteGermanyNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Sauerland, Arnsberg

limonite after Siderite 6.2cm wide




limonite after SideriteMoroccoAtlas Mts.

limonite after Siderite 7cm wide




limonite after SideriteNamibiaKhomas Region, Gamsberg

limonite after Siderite with Rutile 5.2cm wide




Lindbergite after ?ItalyLiguria, Genova Province, Ne, Graveglia Valley, Molinello Mine

Lindbergite after ? FOV 4mm




Litharge after Tetragonal Pb oxide hydrate?UKEngland, Derbyshire, Ashover, Milltown, Milltown Quarry

1mm Litharge @ a Pb oxide?
Litharge @Tetragonal Pb oxide? FOV 2mm?


Lizardite afer OlivineNorwayBuskerud, Modum, Snarum

Lizardite afer Olivine ~5cm tall




Lizardite after ForsteriteNorwayBuskerud, Modum, Snarum, Dypingdal Serpentine-magnesite deposit

Lizardite after Forsterite xl=15cm
Lizardite after Forsterite 7.5cm


Luzonite after EnargiteTaiwanTaiwan Province, Taipei Co., Jui-Fang Town, Chinkuahshih Mine

Luzonite @ Enargite 4.8cm wide
Luzonite after Enargite 5.2cm wide


Magnetite after ChrysotileCanadaEstrie, Les Sources RCM, Asbestos, Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey quarry; Johns-Manville mine)

Magnetite after Chrysotile 9cm wide




Magnetite after PyriteMexicoSonora, Demantoid Hill

Magnetite after Pyrite 6.5cm wide




Magnetite after PyriteUSAArkansas, Hot Spring Co., Magnet Cove

Magnetite after Pyrite 1cm wide




Malachite after AtacamiteAustraliaSouth Australia, Andamooka Ranges - Lake Torrens area, Stuart Shelf area, Mt Gunson, Mount Gunson Mine

Malachite after Atacamite 4.8cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteAustraliaSouth Australia, Flinders Ranges, North Flinders Ranges, Yudnamutana district, Sir Dominick Mine (Sir Dominic Mine; Sir Domonic Mine)

Malachite after Azurite 4cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 2.7cm wide


Malachite after Azurite 3.1cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 3.0cm wide


Malachite after Azurite3.8cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 1.6cm


Malachite after AzuriteBrazilBahia, Seabra

Malachite after Azurite 10.2cm tall
Malachite @ Azurite 8.5cm tall


Malachite after Azurite 14cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 3.5cm


Malachite after Azurite 4cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteChileAtacama Region, Chañaral Province, Inca de Oro, San Pedro de Cachiyuyo District, Manto Cuba Mine

Malachite after Azurite 6.1cm tall




Malachite after AzuriteChileAtacama Region, Copiapó Province, Cabeza de Vaca district, Remolinos mine

Malachite after Azurite 5.4cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Katanga Copper Crescent, Western area, Kolwezi

Malachite after Azurite 3.2cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Katanga Copper Crescent, Kolwezi, Mashamba West Mine

Malachite after Azurite 9.2cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteFranceRhône-Alpes, Rhône, Chessy-les-Mines

Malachite after Azurite ~6cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 6.8cm wide


Malachite after AzuriteKazakhstanKaragandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast'), Dzhezkazgan (Zhezqazghan), Dzhezkazgan Mine (Zhezqazghan Mine)

Malachite after Azurite 5.8cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteMexicoSonora, Mun. de Cananea, Cuitaca, Milpillas Mine

Malachite after Azurite 15cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 4.8cm wide


Malachite after Azurite and Azurite 3.5cm wide
Malachite @ Azurite with Plancheite 5.3cm


Azurite after Malachite 5.5cm tall
Malachite after Azurite 7.7cm wide
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Malachite @ Azurite w Plancheite 5.2cm wide


Malachite @ Azurite w Plancheite 4.3cm
Malachite @ Azurite w Quartz 5.5cm


Malachite @ Azurite w Plancheite 4.2cm



These specimens are relatively new on the market and the mine has produced many fine examples of Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite though those produced so far do not rival the best from Bisbee, Arizona or Tsumeb, Namibia.


Malachite after AzuriteMexicoZacatecas, Mun. de Concepción del Oro

Malachite after Azurite ~11cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteMexioZacatecas, Mun. de Concepción del Oro, Aranzazú

Malachite after Azurite ~8cm tall




Malachite after Azurite on CalciteMexicoZacatecas, Mun. de Concepción del Oro, El Cobre, Cobre Mine

Malachite @ Azurite on Calcite 2.5cm
Malachite @ Azurite on Calcite 9.5cm



Malachite after Azurite & AzuriteMoroccoMeknès-Tafilalet Region, Khénifra Province, Kerrouchene

Malachite after Azurite & Azurite 4.4cm
Malachite after Azurite & Azurite 6cm tall


Malachite after Azurite 5cm wide
Malachite after Azurite & Azurite 4.2cm wide


Malachite after AzuriteMoroccoMeknès-Tafilalet Region, Khénifra Province, Tadamout

Malachite after Azurite 5.5cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteMoroccoOriental Region, Oujda-Angad Province, Touissit District

Malachite after Azurite 5.5cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteMoroccoOriental Region, Oujda-Angad Province, Touissit District, Touissit

Malachite @ Azurite 3cm
Malachite after Azurite 6.3cm wide


Malachite @ Azurite 6.4cm tall
Malachite @ Azurite 3.9cm tall


Malachite after AzuriteNamibiaKhomas Region, Windhoek District, Seeis, Ogonja (Onganja)

Malachite after Azurite 6cm wide
Malachite @ Azurite 2.8cm


Malachite after AzuriteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb

Malachite after Azurite 3.5cm wide




Malachite after AzuriteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb, Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine)

Malachite after Azurite ~14cm
Malachite after Azurite ~11cm


Malachite after Azurite 7.5cm tall
Malachite after Azurite 12.5cm tall


Malachite @ Azurite 5.5cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 3.5cm tall


Malachite after Azurite 4cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 4.8cm wide


Malachite after Azurite on Cerussite ~7cm wide
Malachite after Azurite 7.5cm

As you can probably deduce from the many fine examples of Malachite after Azurite above, that Tsumeb is probably considered as having produced the best specimens of this type of pseudomorph, though Bisbee loyalists can also point to some amazing examples from Bisbee, Arizona.


Malachite after Azurite? coated by RosasiteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Dragoon Mts, Turquoise District (Courtland-Gleeson District), Gleeson, Costello Mine group (Costello claims), Silver Bill Mine

Malachite @ Azurite? & 4.4cm
Malachite @ Azurite? & Rosasite 5.3cm


Malachite @ Azurite? & 4.8cm




Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee

Malachite @ Azurite 3cm
Malachite after Azurite 6.3cm wide


Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee, Campbell Mine (Campbell shaft)

Malachite after Azurite ~15cm wide


Malachite @ Azurite 5.9cm


The fine Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite from Bisbee are considered to be great classics and every collector would put one in his collection if they could afford it. There are not many great ones.


Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee, Queen Hill, Copper Queen Mine (Halero Mine)

Malachite after Azurite 3.4cm tall




Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Gila Co., Globe-Miami District, Miami-Inspiration District, Miami, Oxhide Mine (Lower Ox Hide Mine; Upper Ox Hide Mine; Schultze Mine; Schultze group)

Malachite after Azurite 2.6cm tall




Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Pima Co., Ajo District, Little Ajo Mts, Ajo, New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine)

Malachite @ Azurite 2.4cm tall
Malachite after Azurite 3.3cm tall


Malachite after Azurite ~9cm wide
Malachite after Azurite ~7cm wide


Malachite after AzuriteUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Mammoth District, Tiger, St. Anthony deposit, Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine (Mammoth-St Anthony Mine; Mammoth Mine; St. Anthony Mine)

Malachite after Azurite ~6cm tall



Tiger produced some quantity of Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite, but the fine ones are few and far between.


Malachite after BariteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Katanga Copper Crescent, Central area, Kambove, Shangulowé Mine

Malachite after Barite 5cm wide




Malachite after BariteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Katanga Copper Crescent, Western area, Kolwezi, Mashamba West Mine

Malachite after Barite 5.2cm wide
Malachite after Barite 4cm wide


Malachite after Barite ~3cm wide




Malachite after CopperNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb

Malachite after Copper 9.6cm tall
back side of left


Malachite after Cuprite on AzuriteFranceRhône-Alpes, Rhône, Chessy-les-Mines

Malachite after Cuprite on Azurite ~4cm wide
Malachite after Cuprite on Azurite ~2cm wide


Malachite after Cuprite, largest=1.2cm
Malachite after Cuprite on Azurite ~6cm wide


Malachite @ Cuprite on Azurite 3cm wide
Malachite after Cuprite 2.1cm


Malachite @ Cuprite on Azurite ~4cm wide

These were mostly produced during the 1800s when the mines at Chessy were most active. Thousands of them were produced and though they are not nob abundant, every collector that wants one can get one. They are classics.


Malachite after CupriteGreeceAttikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Sounion Area, Agia Varvara Mines (St Barbara Mines), Sounion Mine No. 06 ("Exi" Mine)

Malachite after Cuprite FOV 1.2cm wide




Malachite after CupriteHungaryBorsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co., Rudabányai Mts., Rudabánya, Andrássy I. Mine

Malachite after Cuprite 4.3cm




Malachite after CupriteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb, Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine)

Malachite after Cuprite ~9cm wide



Only a hand full of these specimens were produced. Originally they were cuprite and have been mostly altered to malachite. If you look at the bottom of these specimens you can still see traces of cuprite. Then tiny quartz crystals covered the Malachite and in the sun light they sparkle like mad. The best one, to my knowledge is located in the Smithsonian institute.



Malachite after GalenaUKWales, Powys (Radnorshire), Rhayader, Nant-y-Car Mine

5mm Malachite after Galena




Malachite after GypsumUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Mineral Creek District (Ray District), Scott Mountain area, Ray Mine

Malachite after Gypsum 8.5cm wide




Malachite after GypsumUSAUtah, Juab Co., East Tintic Mts, Tintic District, Mammoth Mine (Mammoth shaft)

Malachite after Gypsum ~6cm tall




Malachite after GypsumUSAUtah, Washington Co., Beaver Dam Mts, St. George Apex Mine

Malachite after Gypsum ~4.5cm tall



At one point about 50 years ago when the Apex mine was operating some quantity of these specimens were produced, probably sever hundred. Today they are hardly ever seen, but some specimens of intergrown "sticks" more than 20 cm were collected and sold to collectors. One even appeared on the cover of Rocks and Minerals magazine.



Malachite after LinariteUSANew Mexico, Socorro Co., Hansonburg District, Bingham, Blanchard Mine (Portalas-Blanchard Mine), Sunshine no. 4 Adit

Malachite after Linarite ~4cm wide




Malachite after TetrahedriteSpainAsturias, Parres, S. Cosme de Llerandi, El Coriellu mine (Llerandi mine)

Malachite after Tetrahedrite max. xl. size=15mm




Manganite after Pyrolusite & BariteGermanyThuringia, Harz Mts, Nordhausen, Ilfeld

Manganite after Pyrolusite & Barite 8cm tall




Marcasite after Pyrrhotite & FluoriteFranceProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var, Tanneron, Fontsante Mine

Marcasite after Pyrrhotite with Fluorite 3.5cm wide




Marcasite after Pyrrhotite & QuartzGermanyLower Saxony, Harz Mts, St Andreasberg District, St Andreasberg

Marcasite after Pyrrhotite with Quartz ~4cm wide




Marcasite after PyrrhotiteRomaniaMaramures Co., Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Chiuzbaia (Kisbánya), Herja Mine

Marcasite after Pyrrhotite ~8cm wide




Marcasite after PyrrhotiteRussiaFar-Eastern Region, Primorskiy Kray, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche)

Marcasite after Pyrrhotite 13.3cm wide




Marshite after CupriteRussiaWestern-Siberian Region, Altaiskii Krai, Rudnyi Altai, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit

Marshite after Cuprite




Meta-Autinite after AutuniteFranceBurgundy, Saône-et-Loire, Montcenis, Saint-Symphorien-de-Marmagne

Meta-Autinite after Autunite 11cm wide




Metavivianite after VivianiteUkraineCrimea Oblast', Crimea peninsula, Kerch peninsula (Kertch peninsula), Kerchenskyi (Fe)-ore basin, Kerchenskoe deposit

Metavivianite @ Vivianite on Barite 5.5cm
Metavivianite @ Vivianite 6cm


Meyerhofferite after InyoiteArgentinaSalta, Sijes, Monte Azul deposit

Meyerhofferite after Inyoite 8.5cm wide
Meyerhofferite @ Inyoite 9.5cm wide


Meyerhofferite after Inyoite 17.7cm wide



Here are pictures crystals of Inyoite altering to little prismatic crystals of Meyerhofferite. In some cases the alteration is further along than others. These specimens are stable, at least in terms of not altering further in our lifetimes. These specimens were found recently, in the last ten years and their estimated stability is based on observations made on similar pseudomorphs found in Death Valley California that have been stable over the last 40 years. Certainly the Inyoite specimens from this locality are by far the finest in the world.


Meyerhofferite after InyoiteUSACalifornia, Inyo Co., Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek District (Furnace Creek Borate District), Black Mts, Mount Blanco, Mount Blanco Mine (Mount Blanco deposit; Mount Blanco adit)

Meyerhofferite after Inyoite ~13cm tall
Meyerhofferite after Inyoite ~6cm wide


Meyerhofferite after Inyoite ~7cm wide
Meyerhofferite after Inyoite !12cm wide

There is/was a tiny little mine/prospect in the Mt Blanco area just of 20 mule team canyon that produced the best examples of these pseudomorphs. The tunnel only went in 50 feet or so, but in one of the little drifts off the main tunnel, a small area produces at least two outstanding pockets of these specimens. Some few hundred specimens of this material were produced. Some of the specimens still showed vestiges or the original Inyoite. The material from the bottom of the pocket tended to be coated with little micro prismatic crystals of Meyerhofferite which made them more sparkling than those from the top which tended to be be chalky white, but sharper than the crystals from the bottom of the pocket. More than 40 years out of the ground in the polluted air of Los Angles, indicates that these specimens are stable and show no signs of falling apart.



Miargyrite after Pyargyrite on QuartzPeruLima Department, Oyon Province, Uchucchacua Mine

Miargyrite @Pyargyrite on Quartz 5.2cm tall




Mica after BerylMozambiqueZambezia Province, Alto Ligonha District, Piteia Pegmatite

Mica after Beryl 5cm tall
Mica after Beryl 6cm tall


Mica after CordieriteJapanHonshu Island, Kinki Region, Kyoto Prefecture, Kameoka City

Mica group after Cordierite ~7mm each
Mica group after Cordierite ~5mm each


1.2cm Mica group after Cordierite
1.8cm Mica group after Cordierite


Mica group after Cordierite ~5mm each
6mm Mica group after Cordierite




Mica after OrthoclaseBoliviaPotosí Department, Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province), Llallagua

Mica after Orthoclase with Pyrite ~5cm tall




Mica after TourmalineUSACalifornia, San Diego Co., Pala District, Pala, Chief Mountain, Elizabeth R. Mine (Hazel W. claim)

Mica after Tourmaline




Mimetite after CerussiteUSACalifornia, Inyo Co., Death Valley National Park, Panamint Mts (Panamint Range)

Mimetite after Cerussite with Wulfenite 1.5cm wide




Mimetite after CerussiteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb, Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine)

Mimetite after Cerussite 8cm wide




Mimetite & Goethite after GypsumMexicoChihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District

Mimetite & Goethite @ Gypsum 6.5cm tall




Mimetite after WulfeniteMexicoSonora, Mun. de Bacanora, La Trinidad, San Francisco Mine

Mimetite after Wulfenite 4cm tall




Minimum after CerussiteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill

Minimum after Cerussite 5.4cm wide
Minimum after Cerussite close up


Mitridatite after StrengiteSwedenLappland, Kiruna district, Svappavaara, Leveäniemi Mine

2mm Mitridatite ball after Strengite




Monazite-(Ce) after ?CanadaQuébec, Montérégie, Rouville RCM, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Poudrette quarry (Demix quarry; Uni-Mix quarry; Desourdy quarry)

Monazite-(Ce) after ? FOV 3.4mm wide




Monazite-(Ce) after a hexagonal mineralGermanySaxony, Oberlausitz, Kamenz, Oßling Quarry

Monazite-(Ce) after a hexagonal mineral FOV 5mm




Monazite & Rhabdophane after Vitusite-(Ce) spray on matrixGreenlandKitaa (West Greenland) Province, Narsaq, Ilimaussaq complex

Monazite & Rhabdophane after Vitusite-(Ce) 5cm tall




Montmorillonite after NatroliteUSARhode Island, Kent Co., West Warwick, Natick, Prospect Hill

Montmorillonite after Natrolite FOV 7.5mm




Montmorillonite after SpodumeneCaliforniaSan Diego Co., Pala District, Pala, Hiriart Mountain (Hariat Mtn; Harriot Mtn; Heriart Mtn; Heriot Mtn; Hiriat Hill), White Queen Mine (Queen mine; White Queen prospect)

Montmorillonite after Spodumene 3.1cm




Montmorillonite after woodGermanyHesse, Vogelsberg, Herbstein, Schrimpf basalt works

Montmorillonite after wood 18cm wide
SEM photo of left


SEM photo of above




Mottramite after CalciteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb

Mottramite after Calcite 3cm wide




Mottramite after CopperNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb

Mottramite after Copper 3.1cm tall




Mottramite after WulfeniteUSANew Mexico, Doña Ana Co., Organ District, Stevenson-Bennett Mine (Stephenson-Bennett Mine)

Mottramite after Wulfenite 5cm wide




Muscovite after CorundumFranceAquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aramits, Col d'Urdach

Muscovite after Corundum 13cm




Muscovite after CordieriteFranceAuvergne, Puy-de-Dôme

Muscovite after Cordierite ~3cm wide




Muscovite & microcline after parisite???MalawiZomba District, Mt. Malosa

Muscovite & microcline @ parasite? ~4cm
Muscovite & microcline @ parasite? 3.7cm


Most of these kinds of specimens from Mt. Malosa have been marketed as partsite or pseudomorphs after Parasite. Some believe however that that these kinds of specimens may not have started out as parasite crystals. See the discussion at http://www.mindat.org/mesg-106-325357.html

Muscovite after plagioclaseCanadaYukon Territory, Whitehorse Mining District

Muscovite after plagioclase 7.1cm tall
Close up of left


Muscovite after plagioclase 17.4cm wide




Muscovite after TopazUSAMontana, Jefferson Co., Boulder Batholith

Muscovite after Topaz 7cm tall




Muscovite after TopazBrazilMinas Gerais, Doce valley, Conselheiro Pena, Ferruginha, Sapo mine

Muscovite after tourmaline 606cm tall




Muscovite after TourmalineUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Santa Catalina Mts, Oracle District (Control District; Old Hat District; Santa Catalina District), Oracle, Willow Spring Ranch (Willow Springs Ranch)

Muscovite after tourmaline 2.9cm tall
Muscovite @ tourmaline 1.9cm


Muscovite after TourmalineUSAConnecticut, Middlesex Co., East Hampton, Nathan Hall Quarry (Clark Hill quarries)

Muscovite after tourmaline 5cm tall




Muscovite after TourmalineMaineAndroscoggin Co., Auburn, East Mount Apatite District, Maine Feldspar Quarry

Muscovite after Tourmaline 17cm tall




Muscovite after TourmalineUSAMaine, Androscoggin Co., Auburn, Mt. Apatite District, Greenlaw Quarry

Muscovite @ Tourmaline 25cm wide




Muscovite after TourmalineUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Greenwood, Noyes Mountain Quarry (Harvard Quarry)

Muscovite after tourmaline 2.5cm




Muscovite after TourmalineUSANew Hampshire, Grafton Co., Rumney, Atwood Mine (Burley Mine; General Electric Mine; Pasture Mine; West Rumney Mine)

Muscovite after Tourmaline ~7cm




Muscovite after Illite?USANew York, Jefferson Co., Wilna Township, Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge gieseckite locality

Muscovite after Illite? 7.2cm wide
Muscovite after Illite? close up


Muscovite after Illite? 7.2cm wide




Mushistonite after KesteriteChinaSichuan Province, Mianyang Prefecture, Pingwu Co., Mt Xuebaoding, Huya village, Huya (Xuebaoding) W-Sn-Be deposit

Mushistonite after Kesterite FOV 8mm






Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements A & B. Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements C. Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements D to I. Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements N to P. Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements Quartz. Click here to view Pseudomorphs & Replacements R to Z. Click here to view Best Minerals P, click here to view and here for Best Minerals A to Z and here for Fast Navigation of completed Best Minerals articles.


Images last selected December 2010 sorting on "after".

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 78 time(s). Last edit at 05/29/2014 11:14PM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
December 29, 2010 04:00PM
    
Another one for you: proustite after silver:

http://www.mindat.org/photo-30111.html
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
December 30, 2010 12:01AM
Peter, Interesting specimen. I think we can use it. I wonder if it may have been Acanthite after silver first before being changed to Proustite. What do you think. I don't think I have ever encountered so many question marks, probablies and supposedlies before getting involved in these pseudomorphs.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
December 30, 2010 04:24AM
    
Rock,

What about the Muscovite after Apatite from Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I know many were brought up. You have several in your collection.

Bill
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
December 30, 2010 10:18AM
Bill,
Yes, I know those should be in there but I don't have a photograph of any in my collection and I will eventually be forced to take pictures of them and upload them to mindat. But this is true of several hundred specimens in my collection. While I was taking pictures I concentrated on specimens I didn't have in my collection. After all, if you have the real thing in your collection, why in the world would you want to waste your time taking pictures of them when you could always just go out and look at the real thing? Sometimes I needed pictures for articles I was writing or programs I was asked to give to gem and mineral societies, so I did take a few pictures of things in my collection.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 06, 2011 02:42PM
    
Hi Rock,

I just posted a photo of a pseudo of Muscovite var. (Damourite) after Tourmaline (Photo ID 355915) you can use if you wish. Not sure if it would
go under "M" or "D" in your write-up. These pseudos are found at other locations in Maine and California I have been told,but haven't seen
specimens or photos as yet.Thanks.


Cliff



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/17/2011 12:12AM by Clifford Trebilcock.
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 06, 2011 11:21PM
Clifford,
Yes, thank you, thats an interesting piece and worth putting in the article. I have done so.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 16, 2011 09:08PM
Rock,

Per comments in "A to C", I'm posting a set of specimens that hit localities and/or replacements not well represented in the articles at present, rather than saying these are all The Best. Thank you for your efforts!


Kaolinite after leucite
Poços de Caldas, Poços de Caldas plateau, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Pseudo / loc is already represented, but this is a pretty good example.

Lazulite after orthoclase
Cerro de Potosí (Cerro Rico), Potosí City, Potosí Department, Bolivia

Leonite after picromerite
Neuhof-Ellers Potash Works, Neuhof, Fulda, Hesse, Germany

Lepidolite after elbaite
Jacare Mine, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Jacare Mine isn’t in MinDat yet but I don’t know anything beyond the name. There are other examples of this on the locality listing as well.

Muscovite after plagioclase
Whitehorse Mining District, Yukon Territory, Canada
There are other examples of this pseudo on the locality listing as well; the other photos are more professional.

Opal after
Fish Lake Valley, Mineral Co., Nevada

Orthoclase after leucite
Kamam-Kalehövük, Kırşehir Province, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey
There is another example of this pseudomorph in the gallery for this locality, but this is really nice representation.

“Pinite” after cordierite
Manzat, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 16, 2011 11:22PM
plancheite after calcite and dioptase, Tantara, RDC, miniature
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Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 16, 2011 11:30PM
mottramite after wulfenite, Tsumeb, miniature
Valère Berlage Collection
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avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 16, 2011 11:32PM
Valere,
Thats a nice specimen. Could you supply an in focus picture of the entire specimen and upload it to Mindat? If so, Ill put it in the article.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 07:27AM
I Rock, I will try to do some better shots this evening, luckyly the speciment is at home!!
All the best
Valère
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 07:42AM
Hello again Rock,
I have also a pretty good pseudomorph of quartz after wulfenite, I have no good picture, but a good shot of the speciment I purchased is still available on Rob Lavinsky website: TCQ15 - Quartz ps. after Wulfenite
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet, 7.3 x 6.6 x 3.6 cm, it is a very original speciment I think
You will easyly find it in his database, may be could you use this shot with his agreement?
Valère
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 08:03AM
Valere Berlage Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hello again Rock,
> I have also a pretty good pseudomorph of quartz
> after wulfenite, I have no good picture, but a
> good shot of the speciment I purchased is still
> available on Rob Lavinsky website: TCQ15 - Quartz
> ps. after Wulfenite
> Tsumeb, Namibia
> small cabinet, 7.3 x 6.6 x 3.6 cm, it is a very
> original speciment I think


Valere

That's really a beautiful sample -- very nice, and puts to shame the various things I've been throwing at the wall. Even easier, though, as Rob has previously posted it to MinDat and I've linked it here: Quartz after wulfenite.

Probably should be in the "Best Pseudomorphs: Quartz" thread, though.

Cheers,
D.
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 11:51AM
Valere,
Yes that is a fine specimen and it will find a home in the article.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 06:57PM
Hello again, here is a better picture of the Tsumeb pseudomorph miniature, difficult to focus though, impossible to focus on the whole piece and have a nice view of the two best crystals in the same picture, at least with my basic photographic skills.
I got it from Willy Israel as mottramite after wulfenite, however there has been a discussion on FB about that sample because of the hexagonal shape of the two crystals, which could make think about mottramite after chalchocite. However M Sussman has had hexagonal wulfenite from Tsumeb, and the calcites crystals has the typical basic shape of secondary tsumeb calcite. However, 100 % certitude is difficult to obtain!
I have one other nice Tsumeb pseudomorph, second and third pictures, cabinet, hollow hexagonal crystals up to about 2 cm, However I do not propose it as long as the composition is not known for sure (could be motramite, descloizite or many other), after what???
All the best
Valère
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avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 17, 2011 09:34PM
Valere,
For inclusion in best minerals you will need to learn how to take better photographs. For the Mottramite after Wulfenite I think you will need to take the specimen out of the Perky box to photograph it properly. You should easily be able to pry/lift the Styrofoam base it is attached to out of the box with little effort. Slip a knife blade in along the edge of the foam and gently pry it out with the specimen attached. Put it on some sort of white or light gray back ground and you should then be able to easily shoot it from any angle. If you can set you camera for tungsten lighting, you can use tungsten light, but if not you will need to take the picture in diffuse sun light. Use a tripod or some other device to steady your camera and make sure that the f stop is at least f16 or f22 or smaller if you can manage it. This will insure that you will get maximum depth of field. If your camera can't focus up close to the specimen, you should take the picture as close to the specimen as possible and still make sure that the specimen is in focus. How many mega pixels can your camera do for an image. Even if the specimen can't fill the screen, the image can be cropped and still show good resolution provided you are using any sort of decent camera.
Rock

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Pseudomorphs J to P
January 18, 2011 07:36AM
Hi Rock,

I will work on this next Week End to submit you new pics, As camera, I have a canon Ixus 750.
To remove the speciment from its box, and take the pics from a bigger distance, on a tripod might help!
All the best
Val
avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to M
August 13, 2011 04:51PM
    
Hi Rock,

Happy to contact you again.
I have a new recrute for the article.


Enjoy.

Take care and best regards.

Paul.
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avatar Re: Pseudomorphs J to M
August 14, 2011 03:18AM
Paul,
Before an image is included in the best minerals articles, it must be uploaded to the Mindat Image gallery. The image you have included above is only an attachment to a thread post. When you upload it to our image gallery you will need to say what the mineral is: Malachite after ??, how large it is and choose the flavor of copyright protection you would like. Get back to me if you need instructions on how to do this.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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