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Calamine

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Name:
Named in 1747 by Johan Gottschalk Wallerius (Vallerius).
An early name that covered the zinc minerals smithsonite, hydrozincite and hemimorphite, which often occur in intimate association with each other.

Typical alteration product of (Pb-)Zn ores (sphalerite).


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Synonyms of CalamineHide

Other Language Names for CalamineHide

German:Galmei

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Smithsonite9 photos of Calamine associated with Smithsonite on mindat.org.
Hemimorphite8 photos of Calamine associated with Hemimorphite on mindat.org.
Willemite3 photos of Calamine associated with Willemite on mindat.org.
Limonite2 photos of Calamine associated with Limonite on mindat.org.
Galena1 photo of Calamine associated with Galena on mindat.org.

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

Calamine in petrologyHide

An essential component of rock names highlighted in red, an accessory component in rock names highlighted in green.

References for CalamineHide

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Smithson (1803) Royal Society of London, Philosophical Transactions: 12 (Hydrozincite).
Miller (1852): 589 (smithsonite).
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 176 (smithsonite), 247 (hydrozincite).

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Localities for CalamineHide

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