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Sphalerite from
Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK

Locality type:Mine
Classification
Species:Sphalerite
Formula:ZnS
Comments:Specimens are dark brown to black due to the presence of iron in solid solution. Small crystals less than 2mm are sometimes of the ruby variety.
Of particular interest and great rarity are specimens from the replacement deposit above the Hydraulic Shaft, which have fossils coated by white calcite and sprinkled with black sphalerite crystals to 1cm.
The deposit was originally discovered by David Lloyd, and Richard Barstow in the 1970's. David was testing the level wall for hollow sounds indicating a possible cavity, when part of the wall collapsed in leading to this remarkable deposit.
Colour:Black, dark brown
Quality for species:Good crystals or rich for species - important (!)
Abundance at site:Extremely common
Confirmation
Validity:Believed Valid
References
References:Dunham K C, Geology of the Northern Pennine Orefield , Vol 1, Tyne to Stainmore. HMSO
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz15 photos of Sphalerite associated with Quartz at this locality.
Ankerite12 photos of Sphalerite associated with Ankerite at this locality.
Calcite10 photos of Sphalerite associated with Calcite at this locality.
Galena8 photos of Sphalerite associated with Galena at this locality.
Brianyoungite7 photos of Sphalerite associated with Brianyoungite at this locality.
Dolomite3 photos of Sphalerite associated with Dolomite at this locality.
Hydrozincite2 photos of Sphalerite associated with Hydrozincite at this locality.
Pyrite2 photos of Sphalerite associated with Pyrite at this locality.
Fluorite1 photo of Sphalerite associated with Fluorite at this locality.
Sulphur1 photo of Sphalerite associated with Sulphur at this locality.
Data
Mineral Data:Click here to view Sphalerite data
Locality Data:Click here to view Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
Nearest other occurrences of Sphalerite
0.4km (0.2 miles) A Carrs Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
0.5km (0.3 miles) B Middlecleugh Upper Level, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
0.8km (0.5 miles) C Rampgill Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
0.9km (0.5 miles) D Capelcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
2.1km (1.3 miles) E Brownley Hill Mine (Bloomsberry Horse Level), Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
2.1km (1.3 miles) F Gudhamgill Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
2.5km (1.5 miles) G Coalcleugh Mine, Coalcleugh, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
3.0km (1.8 miles) H Nentsberry Haggs Mine, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
3.5km (2.2 miles) I Wellhopehead Mine, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
3.7km (2.3 miles) J Wellhope Shaft dumps, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
3.8km (2.4 miles) K Park Level, Killhope Burn, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
4.0km (2.5 miles) L Barneycraig Mine, Coalcleugh, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
4.2km (2.6 miles) M Scraithole Mine, Carrshield, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
4.5km (2.8 miles) N Wellheads Hush, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
5.1km (3.2 miles) O Swinhope Moor, Allendale, Northumberland, England, UK
5.1km (3.2 miles) P Tynebottom Mine, Garrigill, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
5.8km (3.6 miles) Q Tynehead Mine, Garrigill, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
6.3km (3.9 miles) R Blagill Mine, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
6.3km (3.9 miles) S Heartycleugh Mine, Carrshield, West Allen, Northumberland, England, UK
7.1km (4.4 miles) T Burtree Slits, Cowshill, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
7.4km (4.6 miles) U Burtree Pasture Mine (Breckonsyke Mine; Broadmea Mine), Cowshill, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
7.6km (4.7 miles) V Allenheads Mine (Beaumont Mine), Allendale, Northumberland, England, UK
7.9km (4.9 miles) W Calvert Mine, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
8.6km (5.3 miles) X St Peter's Mine, Sparty Lea, Allendale, Northumberland, England, UK
8.7km (5.4 miles) Y Ladys Rake Mine, Harwood, Forest and Frith, Co. Durham, England, UK
8.8km (5.5 miles) Z Rotherhope Fell Mine (Rodderup Fell Mine), Black Burn Area, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
8.9km (5.5 miles) 0 Blackdene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
9.1km (5.6 miles) 1 Ayle Burn Vein, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
9.4km (5.8 miles) 2 Metalband Mine, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
9.4km (5.8 miles) 3 Willyhole Mine, Harwood, Forest and Frith, Co. Durham, England, UK
9.6km (5.9 miles) 4 Teeside Mine, Milburn, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
10.0km (6.2 miles) 5 Cashwell Mine, Eastern Cross Fell, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
10.1km (6.3 miles) 6 Greenhurth Mine, Forest and Frith, Co. Durham, England, UK
10.2km (6.3 miles) 7 Old Middlehope Mine, Ireshopeburn, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
10.3km (6.4 miles) 8 Frazer's Hush Mine, Rookhope, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
10.5km (6.5 miles) 9 Nether Hearth Mine, Dufton, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK
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