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Metastibnite from Hillgrove NSW Australia

Last Updated: 18th Nov 2014

By Alan Melbourne

The Hillgrove mining field is once again in production, this time there is no smelting of gold or antimony on site, just the production of concentrates for sale. An ex-student of mine is working at these mines now and has sent me some samples from the Eleanora mine. Among them are some very pretty crystalline calcites, a lot of rich stibnite and some samples from oxidised channels which show Cervantite,Senarmontite,Valentinite and most interestingly brick red Metastibnite (which I initially thought might be Kermesite of an amorphous habit)
Testing by heating in open and closed tubes showed the presence of antimony and sulfur only.
(I have tried to include the photograph using the link code, but cannot yet understand how. I have placed the photograph in the My Photos page of my home page)

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Hi Alan, any chance of adding photos of the Cervantite,Senarmontite and Valentinite to the Mindat page?

Ralph Bottrill
30th Jan 2015 9:16pm

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