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Karl Volkman March 22, 2012 12:14AM
This location still strikes me as incorrect for the specimen. The Mount Spokane deposits have never had silver reported. There is a Daybreak prospect in the Silver Valley of Idaho which seems a much better fit for producing acanthite specimens.
Rock Currier March 22, 2012 02:27AM
I have added a note to the caption of the acanthite that a number of knowledgeable people think it unlikely that the specimen came from the Daybreak mine.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Bart Cannon March 22, 2012 02:31PM
As a guy who worked for Western Nuclear at the Daybreak Mine in 1969 and 1970, I can verify that acanthite has never occurred there.

Nothing but white Cenozoic alaskite host (granite) autunite, and purported micron uraninite.

The Midnite Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation, 70 or so miles away had a far more complex mineralogy with sulfides, but no acanthite. It is hosted in Proterozoic schists. As I have mentioned in the past noted indian author and filmaker from Wellpinit on the Spokane Reservation wrote a poem about being able to "smell the uranium" on the Rez. He was smelling oxidizing pyrite. I corrected him, and he corrected his poem.

Just over the hill from the Midnite Mine is the Queen Seal Mine. Fracture surfaces there contain native silver and blebby xls of acanthite along with a suite of other silver minerals.

Rock Currier March 22, 2012 07:39PM
I have added your comments to the caption of the acanthite and silver specimen in question in the Smithsonian Institute.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Bart Cannon March 22, 2012 09:52PM

It would interesting to learn who sold or traded the acanthite to the Smithsonian, and who was the curator at the time.

David Von Bargen April 20, 2012 03:50PM
Looking at the Smithsonian's database record for the specimen (R 17303 00), they list it as coming from Honduras.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/20/2012 03:55PM by David Von Bargen.
Alfredo Petrov April 20, 2012 06:57PM
Honduras (perhaps the Santa Barbara mine?) makes much more sense. Photo needs to be moved in the Best Minerals article.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/20/2012 07:02PM by Alfredo Petrov.
Rock Currier April 21, 2012 02:06AM
Have changed the locality to Honduras and the caption. I have also changed its location in the best minerals article. I have also emailed Paul Pohwat and asked him if there is any other information in their old written catalogs, perhaps the original Roebling catalog as well. Lets see what he says.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/21/2012 02:30AM by Rock Currier.
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