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

Description
Comments:The Phoenixville mining district is the only Pennsylvania locale where Wulfenite is found in any abundance, yet even here, the crystals are small and widely scattered. Wheatley Wulfenite varies widely in both form and color, even within an area as small as a single specimen. The mineral Stolzite was incorrectly identified here, in part due to Wulfenites variety of habit in such close association. Wheatley himself made this error in identification (Genth; Min PA 1875, pg.145) as did Samual Gordon (Min PA 1922, pg.148). Not until 1965 was a specimen of suposed Stolzite x-ray powder tested and proven to be simply grayish, pyramidal crystals of Wulfenite.
Habit:vary widely from square platy tablets to elongated steeply pyamidal
Colour:vary widely from bright yellow, reddish orange to greyish
UV Fluorescence:none
Quality of samples:Poor for species, only of interest for locality collectors. (#)
Confirmation
Validity:Believed Valid
References
References:The Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1922-1965; A Montgomery. Pgs 80-82; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 1084; Mineralogical Record: 20(5): 369-384.
Data
Mineral Data:Click here to view Wulfenite data
Locality Data:Click here to view Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville Mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
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Nearest other occurrences of Wulfenite
4.7km (2.9 miles) Chester County Mine, Phoenixville mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
4.7km (2.9 miles) Southwest Chester County Mine (New Chester County Mine), Phoenixville mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
4.7km (2.9 miles) Phoenix Mine, Phoenixville mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
4.7km (2.9 miles) Charleston Mine, Phoenixville mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
4.7km (2.9 miles) Brookdale Mine, Phoenixville mining District, Schuylkill Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA
6.4km (4.0 miles) Ecton Mine, Perkiomen Mines, Audubon, Lower Providence Township, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA
6.6km (4.1 miles) Whim shaft, Perkiomen Mines, Audubon, Lower Providence Township, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA
6.7km (4.2 miles) Perkiomen Copper Mine, Perkiomen Mines, Audubon, Lower Providence Township, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania, USA
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69.9km (43.5 miles) C.K. Williams & Co. Quarry (Williams Quarry), Chestnut Hill, Easton, Forks Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA
71.0km (44.1 miles) Pequea Silver Mine, Conestoga, Pequea Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, USA
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