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Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
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HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2·H2O orthorhombic

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Hemimorphite from Potosi Mine, Mexico xtl 3,5cm

Hemimorphite mainly is a secondary mineral in the weathered portions of zinc deposits which most commonly forms crystalline crusts and layers, also massive, rounded and reniform aggregates and rarely fan-shaped clusters of crystals. The hemimorphic morphology of the crystals that are terminated by dissimilar faces was the reason to name the mineral "Hemimorphite".
There are 1489 localities currently listed in Mindat's database. Only a small number of these occurrences have produced crystals measuring over a centimetre.
The world's best and biggest Hemimorphites have been found in Mexican mines.
"There have been many finds in four principal mines: Ojuela, Potosi and San Antonio Mines at Santa Eulalia and Santo Nino/Bocoyna Mine. It is very hard to put dates on specific finds since so much has come out of the same places over time. Huge variety in crystal habit and especially group morphology...fans, balls, and singles

Biggest I have seen was in Miguel Romero's collection from the Potosi Mine...nearly 30 cm long. Heavily included with Fe-Mn oxides."



Hemimorphite
Angola


Angola, Namibe Province, Namibe City Council, Namibe

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Hemimorphite 7 x 7cm



Hemimorphite
Austria


Austria, Carinthia, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Bleiberg District, Bad Bleiberg, Stefanie Mine

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Hemimorphite, Wulfenite, Baryte xls up to 1,5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,2 x 2,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 3 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite 3,2 x 2,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 3 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite 3,2 x 2,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 3 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite FOV 4cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite FOV 4cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite FOV 4cm

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Hemimorphite 6cm wide
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Hemimorphite, Baryte 6 cm wide
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Hemimorphite 6cm wide
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Hemimorphite, Baryte 6 cm wide
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Hemimorphite 6cm wide
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Hemimorphite, Baryte 6 cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Baryte 7cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Wulfenite 8cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Baryte 7cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Wulfenite 8cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Baryte 7cm wide
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Hemimorphite on Wulfenite 8cm wide

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Hemimorphite xls up to 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2,8 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite 2,8 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite 2,8 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 2cm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite 75mm wide
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Hemimorphite FOV: 55mm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite 75mm wide
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Hemimorphite FOV: 55mm
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Hemimorphite, Goethite 75mm wide
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Hemimorphite FOV: 55mm

There has been a very long mining tradition reaching back to ancient times at Bleiberg until in 1993 the mine had to be closed because of the falling prizes for zinc and lead. Together with the inhabitants of the village many collectors were very disappointed as there had been hope that the marvelous finds of the 2 last decades could be topped. Reason for this was the circumstance that the deeper the Stefanie shaft was driven the better and larger the crystals were which the face workers brought out. At the 13th level of Stefanie Mine which was 695 meters below the surface the very best specimens could be found in the years between 1982 and 1987. The good quality of the minerals especially Wulfenite encouraged the BBU (Mining Company) to let one miner just concentrate on rescuing these treasures. In this time collectors were able to buy minerals at the Mining Company's Directory.
The ancient Pb-Zn mines of the Bleiberg area which had to be closed in 1993 because of falling prizes for lead and zinc produced over 50 different minerals with some of them in excellent quality. Best known minerals from there are: Wulfenite (Bleiberg is the type-locality), Hemimorphite, Cerussite, and Calcite.
Hemimorphite is a very common mineral in the deep reaching oxidation zone of this famous locality. In 1975 and 1986 some specimens were found with crystals in sizes up to 2,5cm which are unsurpassed in Europe.
Geology: Sedimentary Pb-Zn mineralizations in triassic limestones (Wetterstein formation) and intercalated carbonatites. The valley is believed to have been part of a marine rift system in the triassic age. The main ores are galena (nearly free of silver) and cadmian sphalerite. Due to fault systems, the oxidation zone extends to depths of more than 600 m in some areas of the district (Stefanie mine, Bad Bleiberg). Within the deposit, the galena content decreases to the west: at Kreuth (Max mine), sphalerite was more abundant than galena. Identical mineralizations are found in superimposing layers (Cardita formation, basal main dolomite) to the north. Together, these rocks form a several km wide zone that extends far up the Gail valley (to the west). Within this zone, numerous small Pb-Zn deposits with similar mineralizations are located (e.g. Jaukenhöhe, Radnig near Hermagor, Förolach, Zuchengraben and Schliwagraben near St Stefan, Mitterberg, Golsernock near Stockenboi and Burg near Rubland).


Hemimorphite
Belgium


Belgium, Liège Province, Verviers, Plombières-Vieille Montagne District (Plombières-Altenberg), Kelmis, Moresnet, Vieille Montagne (Altenberg; Kelmisberg)

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Hemimorphite size: 8cm
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Hemimorphite 13 x 10,2cm
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Hemimorphite size: 8cm
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Hemimorphite 13 x 10,2cm
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Hemimorphite size: 8cm
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Hemimorphite 13 x 10,2cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite 8,4cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite 8,4cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite 8,4cm

Ancient zinc mine working on a metasomatic replacement deposit. The zinc ore occurs as so called “Galmei” or “Calamine” (an intergrowth of Smithsonite, Hemimorphite and Willemite).
The open cut on Altenberg (Kelmisberg) mountain is located in the southern district of Moresnet north of the road leading from Aachen to Liège. The mine was abandoned in 1884. Today the open cut is refilled.

NOTES:
1) Old dumps and a settling pond are located opposite the open cut and south of the Aachen-Liège road. In this area, the former mineral processing plant was situated. Starting in 1900, the S.A. de la Vielle Montagne processed the tailings from the old Altenberg mine and hand picked ores from other mines in this area (Schmalgraf, Fossey, Welkenradt, Lontzen Mine). Later, after the mines were abandoned (~1935), ores from Germany, Spain and from overseas were dressed. Consequently, minerals from different and even overseas localities may occur in the dumps.
2) In general, the name "Altenberg" on old labels refers to the mining district and not specifically to Altenberg. This is especially true for sphalerite, galena and schalenblende specimens.


Hemimorphite
Brazil


Brazil, Minas Gerais, Vazante, Vazante Mine

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Hemimorphite 7 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,4 x 3,8cm
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Hemimorphite 7 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,4 x 3,8cm
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Hemimorphite 7 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,4 x 3,8cm


Hemimorphite
China


China, Hubei Province

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Hemimorphite, Quartz 5,3 x 3,3cm



Hemimorphite
China


China, Yunnan Province, Honghe Autonomous Prefecture, Gejiu Co., Gejiu Sn-polymetallic ore field, Eastern Sub-district, Laochang ore field (Laochang Mine)

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Hemimorphite, Veszelyite 12,5 x 9,8cm

Hydrothermal Sn-Be vein-type deposits.
Located about 11 km SE of Gejiu City.


Hemimorphite
China


China, Yunnan Province, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture

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Hemimorphite 17,1 x 11,6cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite 17,1 x 11,6cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite 17,1 x 11,6cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite 11cm tall


文山壮族苗族自治州, 云南省, 中国


Hemimorphite
China


China, Yunnan Province, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Wenshan Co., Wenshan Mine

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Hemimorphite 10,6 x 8,6cm
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Hemimorphite 13,4cm
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Hemimorphite 10,6 x 8,6cm
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Hemimorphite 13,4cm
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Hemimorphite 10,6 x 8,6cm
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Hemimorphite 13,4cm
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Hemimorphite 10,8 x 6,4cm
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Hemimorphite 15 x 11,8cm
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Hemimorphite 10,8 x 6,4cm
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Hemimorphite 15 x 11,8cm
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Hemimorphite 10,8 x 6,4cm
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Hemimorphite 15 x 11,8cm
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Hemimorphite 7,9 x 4,9cm

A zinc mine, that produces aragonite and, less commonly, hemimorphite of predominantly blue and white, and, more rarely, green colour. It is known for world class, deep blue hemimorphite specimens with a fine surface growth, resembling okenite. Up to now, only two lots of these specimens were found, one discovered in 1990/1991, the other in 1999.


Hemimorphite
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)


Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre), Katanga (Shaba)

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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,4cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,4cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 3cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,4cm



Hemimorphite
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)


Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre), Katanga (Shaba), Kipushi, Kipushi Mine (Prince Léopold Mine)

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Hemimorphite 6,3cm

A Zn-Pb-Cu mine featuring a suite of Zn-Pb-Cu-Fe sulfides with accessory Ga, Ge, Mo, W & V mineralization in dolomite and schist dolomite series of the Kundelunguian. Located just outside of the southern portion of the Katanga (Shaba) Cu zone/belt, 32 km SW of Lubumbashi.


Hemimorphite
France


France, Midi-Pyrénées, Hautes-Pyrénées, Lourdes, Germs sur Oussouet

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Hemimorphite 14cm wide



Hemimorphite
Germany


Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Niederberg area, Wülfrath, Rohdenhaus, Rohdenhaus Quarry (incl. Krieger Quarry)

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Hemimorphite 6,5 x 3,5cm

A quarry in upper devonian limestones, disseminated by lead, zinc and copper bearing veins.
Located 1.5 km NNE of Rohdenhaus, NW of Wülfrath.
Following a fatal accident involving a mineral collector in 2008 the quarry management does not allow any mineral collecting in the quarry at least for the year 2009. In the future the management will review its point of view. (Update: no permits in 2010 and 2011.)
Update 2011/2012: Sadly, the quarry management has decided not to allow any further collecting on the site.


Hemimorphite
Iran


Iran, Esfahan Province (Isfahan Province; Aspadana Province)

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Hemimorphite about 20cm wide

From 2001 Joshaghan Kamu city integrated Joshaghan Ghali, Kamu, Chogan & Shahrak e Vahdat. Joshaghan Ghali consists of 14 sectors now.


Hemimorphite
Iran


Iran, South Khorasan Province, Nehbandan, Qaleh-Zari Mine (Ghale Zari Mine)

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xls up to 2,5cm
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10,5 x 10,7cm
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xls up to 2,5cm
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10,5 x 10,7cm
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xls up to 2,5cm
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10,5 x 10,7cm
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15 x 9cm
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10 x 5,5cm
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15 x 9cm
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10 x 5,5cm
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15 x 9cm
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10 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 6 x 4,5cm

Iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) deposit, consisting of specularite-rich veins with copper, gold and silver ores, hosted in Jurassic shale and sandstone in the core of an anticline. The ore typically grades at 2-9& of Cu, 0.1-0.65 g/kg of Ag and 0.5-35 mg/kg of Au.
The deposit was explored in 1969-1972 and has been mined since 1972. The minerals of the mine were not displayed for more than three decades. Recently, it produced very fine and aesthetic specimens, particularly of calcite, hemimorphite and quartz.
Located in South Khorasan province, WNW of Nehbandan and about 180 km SSW of Birjand city.


Hemimorphite
Iran


Iran, Yazd Province, Bafq (Bafgh)

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Hemimorphite xls up to 2,5cm

A small town in Yazd Province.


Hemimorphite
Ireland


Ireland, Co. Tipperary, Silvermines District

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Hemimorphite, Cerussite, Galena 7,5 x 6,5cm



Hemimorphite
Ireland


Ireland, Co. Tipperary, Silvermines District, Ballygown South Mine

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Hemimorphite, Limonite 65 x 60mm



Hemimorphite
Ireland


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

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Hemimorphite, Quartz 8cm across



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia

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Hemim. 8,8cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 1cm
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Hemim. 8,8cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 1cm
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Hemim. 8,8cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 1cm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia - Iglesias Province, Iglesiente District

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Hemimorphite 7,5 x 5cm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Buggerru, Malfidano mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 2,5cm

Old Pb-Zn mine.


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Domusnovas, Is Murvonis Mine

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Hemimorphite on Fluorite & Quartz 2cm wide



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Domusnovas, Oridda, Sa Duchessa Mine

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Hemimorphite balls up to 2,4cm
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Hemimorphite cube = 1cm
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Hemimorphite on Quartz up to 5mm
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Hemimorphite cube = 1cm
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Hemimorphite on Quartz up to 5mm
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Hemimorphite cube = 1cm
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Hemimorphite on Quartz up to 5mm



Hemimorphite
Japan


Japan, Kyushu Region, Oita prefecture, Saeki city, Kiura mine (Shin-Kiura mine; Kiura emery mine)

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2,5 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2cm
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2,5 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2cm
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2,5 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2cm

Tin mining began in the 16th or 17th century. Pyrometasomatic ore produced by Miocene granitic intrusion into Paleozoic sedimentary rock. Famous for its large scorodite crystals, impossible to obtain now. A vein of emery also occurred at this mine and emery has been commercially exploited.


Hemimorphite
Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan, Kostanay Province (Qostanay Oblysy; Kostanai Oblast')

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Hemimorphite 5 x 5cm



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua

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Hemimorphite, Rosasite



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District

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Hemimorphite xls up to 2,5cm
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Hem., Dolomite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 2,5cm
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Hem., Dolomite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 2,5cm
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Hem., Dolomite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite 4,4 x 2,8cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4,4 x 2,8cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4,4 x 2,8cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5 x 5,5cm
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Hem., Calcite 4,7 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,2cm
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Hem., Calcite 4,7 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,2cm
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Hem., Calcite 4,7 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4,5 x 4,2cm
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Hemimorphite 8,7 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,7 x 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 8,7 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,7 x 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 8,7 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 3,7 x 3,5cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,9cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 6,6cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,9cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 6,6cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,9cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 6,6cm
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5,6 x 2,2cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 10,4 x 6,2cm
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5,6 x 2,2cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 10,4 x 6,2cm
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5,6 x 2,2cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 10,4 x 6,2cm



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, East Camp, San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine)

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Hemimorphite 2,3 x 2,1cm
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Hemimorphite 9,8 x 8,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2,3 x 2,1cm
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Hemimorphite 9,8 x 8,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2,3 x 2,1cm
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Hemimorphite 9,8 x 8,5cm
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Hemimorphite 16,3 x 9,8cm
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5,3cm
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Hemimorphite 16,3 x 9,8cm
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5,3cm
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Hemimorphite 16,3 x 9,8cm
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5,3cm

Mine features Cock's ore body.
The name "San Antonio El Grande" is often used, but is erroneous, the name is taken from the Mexican government topographic sheets, but has never been applied to this mine by its operators. There is a San Antonio El Chico in the western part of the district.
The San Antonio Mine in the East Camp also has distinctive and excellent hemimorphites...easily distinguished from the West Camp materials...and much more "Ojuela-like". San Antonio samples tend to form fans and balls (like Ojuela) of uniformly white crystals...the best coming from the southern end of the 8th Level. The 4th and 6th Level have also produced some interesting specimens associated with secondary lead minerals. There was a moderate find on the 4th level of fans of hemimorphite heavily dusted with lustrous black plattnerite in 2004 or 2005...the rarest were also dusted with bright yellow mimetite. When I worked in the mine, I collected some huge botryoidal hemimorphite specimens on nthe 6th level...with botryoids up to 20 cm across..some dusted with plattnerite. Pale blue hemimorphites have come out recently (2010-2012) from the 8th Level of the mine in the area near the smithsonite finds of the last 15 years. There are also hemimorphites that form the matrix to beautiful blue rice-grain smithsonites from the same area.



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, West Camp, Aquiles Serdán, Potosí Mine

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Hemimorphite xls up to 6cm

There is hemimorphite throughout the lower parts of the oxide zone in the West Camp of Santa Eulalia...I hve been in caves 25m wide, 50m tall and 250m long that are lined with a 15 cm thick rind of crystalline...but ugly...hemimorphite.

The "classic" West Camp hemimorphites (pre-1980) are the sharp clear blades with white rhombohedral calcite (NOT dolomite). Very similar material comes from Ojuela. These come from the Potosi Mine...probably on the 8th level. I was never sure I found the right place for thse when I was underground there.

The best West Camp hemimorphites came out in the 1980s from the Oxide Zinc orebody that lies between the 13 and 16th Levels of the Potosi Mine. This is a carrot shaped, 35,000 tonne body of supergene zinc mineralization...averaging 35% Zn!. It is dominantly composed of Fe-Mn-Zn oxides and hemimorphite. (the matrix of the hemimorphites is the main ore) It is also the source of both the green and purple adamites, nice willemite (some on ebay at the moment), chalcophanite and both red and colorless calcite with distinctive blocky twinning. The body appears to be a supergene infilling of an oxidation-solution feature...dissolved by the acids generated through oxidation of overlying sulfide bodies. the mineralization is laced with horizontal sag pockets into which the various minerals grow...some are filled completely, some have hemimorphite crystals to 20 cm in them. This body has produced the gemmiest hemimorphites I have ever heard of...water clear and up to 2 cm long. I have had gems faceted from broekn crystals...biggest is over 11 carats! The best of this came out prior to 1991 when production was halted, but good finds were made afterwards and actually continue to be made (I jst got a few superb pieces with red oxide inclusions/phantoms)



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, West Camp, Francisco Portillo, Potosí Mine (El Potosí Mine)

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Hemimorphite 2,5 x 2cm
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Hemimorphite 5,4 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 2,5 x 2cm
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Hemimorphite 5,4 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 2,5 x 2cm
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Hemimorphite 5,4 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 10 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite 7,5cm tall
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Hemimorphite 10 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite 7,5cm tall
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Hemimorphite 10 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite 7,5cm tall
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 12cm across
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 5cm across
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 12cm across
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 5cm across
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 12cm across
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Hemimorphite, Hematite 5cm across

The last two specimens are from a recent (2013) find from the Oxide Zinc Orebody on the 13-17th Levels of the Potosi Mine.


Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, West Camp, Minerales Shaft 5

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Hemimorphite, Adamite 5,2 x 4,1cm

Minerales Shaft 5 is the main man shaft at the Potosi Mine in the West Camp.


Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Durango

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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Durango, Mun. de Mapimí

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Hemimorphite 4 x 2,5cm



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Durango, Mun. de Mapimí, Mapimí

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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 12,5mm
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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 12,5mm
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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 12,5mm
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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
Mexico


Mexico, Durango, Mun. de Mapimí, Mapimí, Ojuela Mine

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Hemim., Mimetite 9 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 7cm
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Hemim., Mimetite 9 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 7cm
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Hemim., Mimetite 9 x 5cm
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Hemimorphite 7cm

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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 4mm
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Hemim., Mimetite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite 2,4 x 2,5cm
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Hemim., Mimetite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite 2,4 x 2,5cm
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Hemim., Mimetite 6 x 4cm
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Hemimorphite 2,4 x 2,5cm

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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 8mm
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Hemimorphite 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10,5mm
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Hemimorphite 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10,5mm
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Hemimorphite 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10,5mm

Workings included the Cumbres stope; Esperanza stope; Ojuela stope (15th level); San Diego stope; San Judas stope (13-14th levels); San Pointe stope (14th level); Santo Domingo stope (5th level); and the Socavon shaft. Mine includes the Americanna, Americados, Norte & Ojuela entrances.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many minerals sold as coming from the Ojuela mine are in fact from other Mexican localities such as mimetites (Velardena or Santa Eulalia), smithsonites (Santa Eulalia), pyromorphites (San José mine near Guazapares or Zimapan, Hidalgo), "endlichites" (Sierra de los Lamentos) etc. etc. (Moore, 2008).


Hemimorphite
Namibia


Namibia, Karas Region, Lüderitz District, Rosh Pinah, Skorpion Mine

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Hem. 5,7 x 4,5cm
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Hem., Apatite 6,5cm
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Hem. 5,7 x 4,5cm
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Hem., Apatite 6,5cm
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Hem. 5,7 x 4,5cm
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Hem., Apatite 6,5cm
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Hem., Tarbuttite 3cm
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Hemimorphite 5,2cm
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Hem., Tarbuttite 3cm
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Hemimorphite 5,2cm
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Hem., Tarbuttite 3cm
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Hemimorphite 5,2cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 6cm

The Skorpion mine, located about 40 km north of the Orange River, the border between Namibia and South Africa & is 25 km north north west of the Rosh Pinah mine, an oxidic zinc deposit, the main ore being sauconite. The host rock is folded metamorphosed arkose, interbedded with tuff and underlain by a non-mineralized limestone.

"Opened in 2000 and operated by Anglo American Corporation, this US$454 million mining operation is expected to produce 150,000 tonnes of high grade zinc per year over a life of at least 15 years.
It is the largest investement in Namibia since independence, and is expected to contribute up to 4% to Namibia's GDP."


Hemimorphite
Republic of Congo


Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Bouenza Department, M'fouati District, M'fouati

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Hemimorphite 11,6 x 6,8cm
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12,9 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite 11,6 x 6,8cm
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12,9 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite 11,6 x 6,8cm
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12,9 x 8cm
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite

"Mfouati lies about 55km west of Mindouli and is dominated by a large limestone hill with managanese wad filled fractures that were mined for primarily for lead,and zinc with some subordinate copper. I have verified cerussite, wulfenite, azurite, malachite, chrysocolla, hemimorphite, smithsonite from this locality. Apparently there are a number of small prospects within a 5km radius of M'fouati which furnish wulfenite crystals but I was not able to verify these occurrences." (Demetrius Pohl, http://www.mindat.org/mesg-6-234115.html )


Hemimorphite
Republic of Congo


Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Pool Department, Mindouli District, Kimbedi

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Hemimorphite 5,2 x 3,7cm
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7,2 x 4,7cm
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Hemimorphite 5,2 x 3,7cm
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7,2 x 4,7cm
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Hemimorphite 5,2 x 3,7cm
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7,2 x 4,7cm
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Hemimorphite

Kimbedi is a small village on the railroad between Mindouli and Lutete.


Hemimorphite
Romania


Romania, Bihor Co., Nucet, Băiţa Mining District (Baita Bihor; Rézbánya)

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Hemimorphite

Old mining district (Au, Ag, Cu, U).
The former Hungarian name, Rézbánya, literally means "copper mine".


Hemimorphite
Romania


Romania, Caraş-Severin Co., Banat Mts, Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District, Dognecea (Dognácska; Dognaczka)

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Hemimorphite 7,2 x 6,5cm

Skarn-type Pb-Zn deposit.


Hemimorphite
Russia


Russia, Eastern-Siberian Region, Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Chitinskaya Oblast', Nerchinsk (Nertschinsk)

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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
Russia


Russia, Eastern-Siberian Region, Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Taininskii Mine

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Hemimorphite 8 x 5cm



Hemimorphite
Slovakia


Slovakia, Košice Region, Rožňava Co., Ochtiná, Mária-Margita Mine

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Hemimorphite xls 8mm

Small base metal deposit. Hydrothermal mineralization is bound to Carboniferous limestones.


Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Basque Country, Vizcaya, Arcentales

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Hem. 5 x 4cm
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Hem. 5,7 x 4,6cm
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Hem. 5 x 4cm
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Hem. 5,7 x 4,6cm
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Hem. 5 x 4cm
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Hem. 5,7 x 4,6cm
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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 8,9 x 3,1cm
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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 8,9 x 3,1cm
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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 3,3cm
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Hemimorphite 8,9 x 3,1cm



Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Cantabria, Peñarrubia, Piñeres, Hozarco Mine (Desfiladero de La Hermida)

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Hemimorphite, Aurichalcite on Quartz FOV 3 x 2cm

This is a small ancient lead mine, located in one of the "walls" of the "Desfiladero de la Hermida", a narrow pass just before the "Picos de Europa" Mountains. Very close to the broad valley of Liebana. This locality is a paradise for the collector, and specifically for the lover of micromounts.


Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Cantabria, Sierra de Arnero, La Florida mining area, Rionansa (Herrerías), La Cuerre Mine

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Hemimorphite, Hydrozincite 9,2 x 5,5cm



Hemimorphite
UK


UK, England, Cornwall, Callington District, Lezant, Greystones Quarry

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Hemimorphite 55 x 35mm



Hemimorphite
UK


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

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Hemimorphite 8cm across
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite 8cm across
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite 8cm across
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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
UK


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

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Hemimorphite 9,3 x 7,1cm



Hemimorphite
UK


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

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Hemimorphite 35 x 30mm

Old lead-zinc mining area, part of the Leadhills-Wanlockhead Mining District (see Wanlockhead, http://www.mindat.org/loc-2894.html).


Hemimorphite
UK
USA, Arizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee, Cole Mine (Cole shaft; Cole No. 3)

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Hemimorphite 3,5 x 2,5cm

A former large output underground Cu-Ag-Bi mine located in the S½NE¼ sec. 21, T23S, R24E, approximately 1½ miles WNW of Warren, on private land. One of the major Calumet and Arizona Company mines. Owned at times, or in part, by the Lake Superior & Pittsburg Development Co., Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., and the Phelps Dodge Corp.

Mineralization is partially oxidized copper ores in irregular replacement orebodies in relatively unaltered Cambrian Abrigo and Devonian Martin limestones along the Dallas fault zone and adjacent fracture zones.

Local structures include common pre-mineralization faulting and tilting. Main fault directions are N10W to N40E and S30W to N50W.

Workings include a deep shaft. Probably produced several hundred thousand tons of ore; included in Calumet & Arizona and Phelps Dodge totals after 1915.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Arizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District, Hayden area, Chilito, 79 Mine (79th Mine; Seventy-Nine Mine; Seventy-Nine property; McHur prospect)

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Hem., Stilbite 2,4 x 1,8cm
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Hemimorphite 2,7cm across
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Hem., Stilbite 2,4 x 1,8cm
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Hemimorphite 2,7cm across
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Hem., Stilbite 2,4 x 1,8cm
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Hemimorphite 2,7cm across
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Hemimorphite 4,9 x 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 9,2 x 7,8cm
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Hemimorphite 4,9 x 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 9,2 x 7,8cm
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Hemimorphite 4,9 x 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 9,2 x 7,8cm
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4,4 x 3cm
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4,1 x 2,5cm
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4,4 x 3cm
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4,1 x 2,5cm
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4,4 x 3cm
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4,1 x 2,5cm
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Hemimorphite 2,9 x 2,4cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7 x 4,3cm
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Hemimorphite 2,9 x 2,4cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7 x 4,3cm
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Hemimorphite 2,9 x 2,4cm
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Hemimorphite 6,7 x 4,3cm

A former underground Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag-Au-Mo-Sb-V-Fe mine located in the SE¼ sec. 21 and sec. 28, T4S, R15E (Hayden 7.5 minute topo map), about 1½ miles W of Chilito ghost town, 4.5 miles NNW of Hayden, 2 miles NW of Toronado Peak, on federal land. Discovered 1879 by Mike and Pat O'Brien. Purchased 1921 by Continental Commission Co.; Purchased May, 1922 by the Seventy-Nine Mining Co. and reconveyed back to the Continental Commission Co. (1919-1922, 1923-1926) after litigation. Sold at public auction in 1926. Reopened 1928 by the Seventy-Nine Lead-Copper Co. Closed in January, 1938 due to declining metal prices. Reopened in 1940 by the Shattuck-Denn Mining Corp. until 1949. Acquired by Callahan Zinc-Lead Company, Inc. 1950. Previous owners also included Grisson Mines. Some production until 1951. Owned by the ACM Corp. (1967). Mined for specimens until the late 1990's by John Mediz, Copper City Rock Shop, and others, when mud slides from an El Niño episode intruded into the workings. Subsequently reopened for specimens. As of 1992, site is closed to collectors.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Arizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District, Hayden area, Chilito, Keystone Gulch, Reagan claims (Regan/Reagan Camp prospects; Lee Reagan property; Lee Reagan prospects; Kullman-McCool group), Finch Mine (Barking Spider Mine)

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Hemimorphite on Wulfenite 3 x 2cm

A former underground Pb-V-Cu mine.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Missouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Joplin Field

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Hemimorphite 7,5 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 7,5 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 5,5cm
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Hemimorphite 7,5 x 4,5cm
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Hemimorphite 7,6 x 5,5cm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Missouri, Newton Co., Tri-State District, Granby Field

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Hemimorphite after Dolomite 9,5 x 6cm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Montana, Broadwater Co., Radersburg District (Cedar Plains District; Lone Mountain District), Summit Mine (Old Summit; Montana Silver Star)

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Hemimorphite 4cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite 4cm
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Hem., Calcite xls up to 3,5cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 3cm
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Hem., Calcite 11 x 9,7cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 3cm
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Hem., Calcite 11 x 9,7cm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 3cm
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Hem., Calcite 11 x 9,7cm
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Hemimorphite, Calcite 5,8 x 5,6cm

The Summit mine is located in the southern portion of the Radersburg mining district in Broadwater County, Montana. The Summit is the source of the finest hemimorphite specimens in the United States as well as a number of other secondary minerals. The mine lies several miles southwest of Radersburg on the southeast flank of a broad anticline that rises to the west over the Elkhorn Mountains.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Ogdensburg, Sterling Hill

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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite
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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Ogdensburg, Sterling Hill, Passaic pit (Marshall Mine; Passaic Mine)

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Hemimorphite 6,5 x 5cm

The Passaic pit is an old open cut workings dating to the late 19th century (circa 1870), operated by the Passaic Zinc Co. It mined an outcropping of altered ore which sets within the folds of the Sterling orebody. Primary zinc ores were weathered principally to hemimorphite "maggot" ore and a suite of secondary manganese, zinc and lead minerals. It is now on the property of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum and is still producing minerals.

Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Ogdensburg, Sterling Hill, Sterling Mine

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Hemimorphite 11 x 6,8cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 7,5cm
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Hemimorphite 11 x 6,8cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 7,5cm
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Hemimorphite 11 x 6,8cm
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Hemimorphite 8 x 7,5cm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Mexico, Doña Ana Co., Organ Mts, Organ District, Memphis Mine

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Hemimorphite 2,5 x 1,4cm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Mexico, Doña Ana Co., Organ Mts, Organ District, Stevenson-Bennett Mine (Stephenson-Bennett Mine)

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Hemimorphite 2,6 x 2,2cm

A Pb-Ag mine located NE of Las Cruces.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Pennsylvania, Lehigh Co., Upper Saucon Township, Saucon Valley, Friedensville

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Hemimorphite



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Utah, Box Elder Co., Pilot Range, Lucin District, Tecoma Hill Mines

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6,6 x 4cm
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6 x 4,8cm
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6,6 x 4cm
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6 x 4,8cm
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6,6 x 4cm
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6 x 4,8cm




Best Hemimorphite Micros

Hemimorphite
Germany


Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Black Forest, St Blasien, Urberg, Gottesehre Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 3,8mm



Hemimorphite
Germany


Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Niederberg area, Wülfrath, Rohdenhaus, Rohdenhaus Quarry (incl. Krieger Quarry)

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Hemimorphite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,8cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,8cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,8cm
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Hemimorphite, Smithsonite FOV 0,6cm
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Hemimorphite FOV 0,8cm



Hemimorphite
Greece


Greece, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Sounion area

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Hemimorphite FOV 3mm

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Hemimorphite
Greece


Greece, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Sounion area, Agia Varvara Mines (St Barbara Mines), Barbara Mine

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Hemimorphite 1,96mm
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Hemimorphite 3,05mm
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Hemimorphite 1,96mm
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Hemimorphite 3,05mm
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Hemimorphite 1,96mm
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Hemimorphite 3,05mm

The Barbara Mine has long been known for its beautiful fluorite and aurichalcite specimens that came from this small deposit. It is currently (September 2010) accessible through a short (about 300 m) adit. A deep shaft (43 m) also makes the lower level accessible.


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Dossena, Paglio Pignolino Mine

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Hemimorphite, Plattnerite xtl 1,3mm

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Hemimorphite xls 2,1mm
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Hemimorphite xls 2,15mm
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Hemimorphite xls 2,1mm
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Hemimorphite xls 2,15mm
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Hemimorphite xls 2,1mm
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Hemimorphite xls 2,15mm

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Hemimorphite xtl 1,14mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3,25mm
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Hemimorphite xtl 1,14mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3,25mm
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Hemimorphite xtl 1,14mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3,25mm

Abandoned mine (now used as a motocross area).
Mineralisation is similar to that of the Zorzone mine.


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Oltre il Colle, Vedra Valley, Zorzone Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 5 x 3 mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 5 x 3 mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 5 x 3 mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm
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Hemimorphite xtl 2,4mm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 1mm
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Hemimorphite xtl 2,4mm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 1mm
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Hemimorphite xtl 2,4mm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 1mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Seriana Valley, Parre, Trevasco Mount

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Hemimorphite xls up to 0,85mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 9 x 7mm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 0,85mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 9 x 7mm
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Hemimorphite xls up to 0,85mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 9 x 7mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Seriana Valley, Riso Valley, Oneta

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Hemimorphite xls 3,3mm

Pb-Zn mine.


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Varese Province, Ceresio Valley, Cuasso al Monte

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Hemimorphite ball 3mm

NYF-pegmatite. Many quarries in pegmatites.
Famous for rare micromount minerals (REE mineral species and others).


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Lombardy, Varese Province, Ceresio Valley, Cuasso al Monte, Puricelli quarry

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Hemimorphite balls up to 3,46mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Domusnovas

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Hemimorphite 1,1cm wide



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Fluminimaggiore

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Hemimorphite xtl 2,87mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Gonnesa

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Hemimorphite 1,8mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Trento Province, Valsugana, Vignola-Falesina, Orno Mount mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 0,5cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 0,5cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 0,5cm
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Hemimorphite 5,5mm

Old mine works (1953-1957) in metamorphic pre-Permian facies with acidic vein systems ("porfirites").


Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Tuscany, Livorno Province, Campiglia Marittima, Temperino, Temperino Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 4,8mm

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Hemimorphite FOV 3,3mm



Hemimorphite
Italy


Italy, Veneto, Vicenza Province, Recoaro Terme, Civillina Mt.

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2,8mm
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Hemimorphite 1,35mm
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2,8mm
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Hemimorphite 1,35mm
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2,8mm
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Hemimorphite 1,35mm



Hemimorphite
Morocco


Morocco, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Ouarzazate Province, Djebel Saghro (Jbel Saghro), Bou Skour district, Agoulzi Mine

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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 2mm
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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 2mm
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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 2mm

A copper-zinc-lead mine south of the Bou Skour mine.
The mine was started in the oxidized zone that provided secondary minerals, but is now operated in the non-oxidized deeper levels yielding sulfides.


Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Andalusia, Almería, Benahadux

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Hemimorphite, Rosasite FOV 1,5mm



Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Andalusia, Granada, La Peza, Barranco de los Lobos Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 8mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 6mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 6mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 10mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 6mm

A steep ravine East of the town of La Peza.
Mining adits from former lead-zinc mining.


Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Cantabria, Sierra de Arnero, La Florida mining area

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Hemimorphite FOV 1,3cm

La Florida mining area is spread out over three localities: Herrerías, Rionansa and Valdáliga and includes two groups of mines: ‘Primera’ and ‘Pablo’ with several mining concessions in each. The mines are, from West to East: La Cuerre, La Isidra, Braña Escondida, Plaza del Monte, Cereceo, Ligorias, and Cuévanos – the last one not being connected to any of the others.
The mines were exploited for Sphalerite (zinc) and Galena (lead). All the mines, except Cuévanos, were connected by galleries.


Hemimorphite
Spain


Spain, Murcia, Cartagena, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, El Estrecho de San Ginés, Cabezo de San Ginés, Precaución Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 4mm
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Hemimorphite FOV 12,45 x 8,2mm

Cabezo de San Ginés is a hill that extends for several villages belonging to Cartagena, so it appears repeatedly in each one.


Hemimorphite
Sweden


Sweden, Västmanland, Lindesberg, Lovisa mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 12mm

Active Zn-Pb mine. Ore discovered 1985, mine opened 2004.
400 000 ton ore with zinc 22 %, lead 14 % and minor silver. The ore consists of a 0,8 m wide slice, traced down to 300 m below ground.


Hemimorphite
Switzerland


Switzerland, Wallis (Valais), Binn Valley, Im Feld (Imfeld; Feld; Fäld), Lengenbach Quarry

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Hemimorphite 3mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2mm wide
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Hemimorphite 3mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2mm wide
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Hemimorphite 3mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2mm wide

World famous metamorphosed sulphosalt/sulphide deposit in sugary dolomite. Mined (in summer only) for specimens.
Located about 1 km southeast of Im Feld.


Hemimorphite
UK


UK, Scotland, Strathclyde (Lanarkshire), South Lanarkshire, Leadhills, Horners Vein (Jeffrey's Vein; Carse's Vein)

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Hemimorphite 3mm wide

Many of the minerals collected from this vein, are from a dump at the intersection of Horner's vein and Raiks vein. Jeffrey's and Carse's veins are the northward exstentions of Horners Vein.


Hemimorphite
UK


UK, Wales, Ceredigion (Dyfed; Cardiganshire), Llangynfelyn, Tre-Taliesin, Brynarian Mine (Cardigan Bay Consols Mine)

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Hemimorphite FOV 8mm

This small mine worked a number of veins which cross in the centre of the mine. The records of working start from 1849 to 1853, and in 1869. It would appear that the best ore was mined well befor the above dates.
Recorded output:
294 tons of lead ore
53 tons of zinc ore


Hemimorphite
UK


UK, Wales, Wrexham (Clwyd; Denbighshire), Minera, Minera (mines)

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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm
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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm
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Hemimorphite xls 1,5mm
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Hemimorphite xls 3mm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Nevada, White Pine Co., Robinson District

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Hemimorphite 1cm across



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Nevada, White Pine Co., Robinson District, Dauntless mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 9mm



Hemimorphite
USA


USA, New Mexico, Hidalgo Co., San Simon District, Granite Gap, Vesley Mine

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Hemimorphite FOV 6mm



Hemimorphite
USA


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

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Hemimorphite 1,5mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2,7mm
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Hemimorphite 1,5mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2,7mm
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Hemimorphite 1,5mm wide
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Hemimorphite 2,7mm

This workings represent the consolidation of several earlier workings on the same deposit (Wheatley lode). It was a lead-silver mine. The mine was started in 1851 and closed in the 1860's. It was reopened in 1917 and closed in 1920. The larger enterprise was owned by Mr. Charles Moore Wheatley. Subsequently, when reopened, it was owned by Eastern Mining & Milling Co. The mine consisted of 5 levels with 2,108 meters of horizontal workings, 6 shafts (main engine shaft = 91 meters deep). Rock is adamellite, a granitic intrusive rock of Precambrian age (Mineralization, Triassic period or earlier). Mines include the Wheatley, Brookdale and Phoenix mines.


Hemimorphite
USA


USA, Utah, Box Elder Co., Pilot Range, Lucin District, Tecoma Mine (Old Tecoma Mine)

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Hemimorphite, Plattnerite 6mm



(Rudolf Hasler 12/05/2013)


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Discuss this Article

23rd Jan 2013 08:35 GMTRudolf Hasler Expert

Rock,

you have shown me the New Gallery PHP already. I have been using it all the time and I am really very happy with it.


Rudolf

23rd Jan 2013 09:12 GMTRock Currier Expert

Yes, so have I. Again thanks to Dave for doing the work to make it possible.

19th Apr 2013 23:32 BSTRudolf Hasler Expert

Hello,

can somebody tell me what size the biggest Mexican Hemimorphite crystals were? I also would like to know when the best Hemimorphites were found in Mexican mines?


Rudolf

20th Apr 2013 10:48 BSTRock Currier Expert

Rudolf,

I think the largest I have seen came out back in the late 60s and as I recall I once saw a specimen that had one crystal up to about 4 inches. But that was long ago and it may have grown in my memory. Someone like Peter Mc Gaw one of our Mexican experts may be able to give a better answer.

Rock

20th Apr 2013 16:53 BSTRudolf Hasler Expert

Thanks, Rock.

I will try to contact Peter Mc Gaw.


Rudolf

1st Jun 2013 10:09 BSTRudolf Hasler Expert

Second draft of Best Minerals - Hemimorphite is finished. This time I tried something new: As I definitely had too many micros in the article that I would not like to miss I divided the article into Best Minerals - Hemimorphite and Best Hemimorphite Micros.

Tell me please, whether this is a good or a bad idea.


Rudolf

1st Jun 2013 19:42 BSTPaul De Bondt Manager

Hi Rudolph,


Congratulations for the nice article.

Great job.

Just dont forget that the Moresnet region in Belgium produced the best hemimorphite specimens before the Mexican flooded the market.

Just my humble tought.


Take care and best regards.

PS : Still taking pictures of my collection so I will keep you informerd for nice hemi's


Paul.

1st Jun 2013 22:53 BSTRock Currier Expert

Rudolf,

I don't know if it is a good idea or not, but lets try and out and see what happens. Most of what a democracy is about is that what happens is what most people say what they want. Others feel that this kind of governing system is not very good and because most of us do and say dumb things from time to time and do things that are obviously not good for us and not logical. The problem is, of course, that the people who want to govern us and do what is best for us instead of what we say we want are just as dumb and mistake prone as we are when they decide what is best for us and I include the far left and right in politics.

1st Jun 2013 22:54 BSTRudolf Hasler Expert

Hello Paul,

thanks a lot. Sorry that Belgium was not in my article. I have changed that immediately.


Best regards,


Rudolf

18th Apr 2014 18:26 BSTRob Woodside Manager

Great Article!!! Thanks!!!


I think your idea of separating micros and macros is excellent!

18th Apr 2014 21:38 BSTRock Currier Expert

Rudolf,

Lots of good work you have done. Perhaps your most ambitious effort to date. I too like the micros at the bottom.

18th Apr 2014 23:42 BSTRalph Bottrill Manager

Rudolph, it's looking very good, though I'm surprised there are no good Broken Hill or other Australian ones on Mindat, I will have to look for some, they are about.


But re the organization, personally I would strongly prefer to have micro and macro combined as its a continuum, and there is little real difference between a 30mm and a 3mm crystal, just depends on your eyesight! With macro specimens we often want to see how they look under magnification, and vice versa, so it's a nuisance going to a different section for such. Already plenty of the "macro" specimens could really be considered micros. Eg with the Irish material, it looks odd in the macrophoto, I would love a microphoto next to it to see what it really looks like. In an ideal world on Mindat I think most specimen photos could benefit from such, to really appreaciate them (though I dont usually upload both admittedly).

19th Apr 2014 19:21 BSTRob Woodside Manager

Ralph, I would usually agree with you, however in this case there are lots of wonderful macro and micro specimens. In this case separating them is a convenience for both macro and micro collectors. I don't know where to draw a line, but I think it works well in this case.


I'm still looking for a cm sized doubly terminated crystal showing the hemimorphism. The little sods seem always radial!

20th Apr 2014 00:29 BSTRock Currier Expert

I also feel that if we do this kind of thing that in many cases, especially with the more common species that separating the micros at the bottom of the article is appropriate. In most cases, it is the large specimens that attract new people because that is what they see. Also it is these fine specimens that are worth the most money and like it or not, that is what drives the mineral business. Most people don't even have access to microscopes nor are they interested in looking at micros. For those species, and there are a lot of them that Best Minerals will get to eventually, where micro size crystals represent the best and largest there are for the species, then of course these should be shown in the top part of the best minerals articles. Sometimes, where the micro images are really amazing, I will place them in with the macro specimens in the main body of the article, even for common species, but usually that is not the case, but I like what was done here with placing them at the bottom of the hemimorphite article. Ralph, if you would like to round up the best micros images of the common species and place them at the bottom of existing Best Minerals articles, I would think that would improve them and would support you in that. But remember, no more than 60 hours a week.
 
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