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

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 23° North , 104° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~40km
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cwa : Monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate


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.


Note: The name "Wenshan Mine" is probably a generic name, referring to one ore more undisclosed deposits in the area around Wenshan.

Regions containing this locality

Southwest China, China

Region - 923 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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4 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Aurichalcite
Formula: (Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: JSS collection
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Rob Lavinsky specimens.
Hemimorphite
Formula: Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Habit: botryidal with fine spiky surface resembling okenite
Colour: deep blue
Fluorescence: no
Reference: Current H. Jiang's Collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Aragonite'5.AB.15CaCO3
'Aurichalcite'5.BA.15(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
'Calcite'5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
'Hemimorphite'9.BD.10Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Aurichalcite16a.4.2.1(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 56 - SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups, With Additional O, OH, F and H2O
Si2O7 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [4] coordination
Hemimorphite56.1.2.1Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Aragonite-CaCO3

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
H HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
CCarbon
C AragoniteCaCO3
C Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O AragoniteCaCO3
O Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
O CalciteCaCO3
O HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
SiSilicon
Si HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
CaCalcium
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca CalciteCaCO3
CuCopper
Cu Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
ZnZinc
Zn Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O

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