Smithsonite : ZnCO3

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Copyright © Collection and photo, Paul De Bondt
minID: Y2M-DV2

Smithsonite : ZnCO3

Copyright © Collection and photo, Paul De Bondt  - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.
Dimensions: 104 mm

Smithsonite from this barely unknown locality.
This is a piece who was personally collected by Gilbert Gauthier in the 50's.
This is the best they get so they are scarce in collections. Gilbert prospected the mine carefully and went twice a year to see what's new but was never able to find good specimens. The good one where found in the middle 40's and where collected by the mine engineer in the upper levels. When Gilbert arrived at the mine, the upper levels where gone. Great specimens reached the market in 2005, probably by the mine engineer himself or one of his family members.
Kengere is a lead-zinc deposit like Kipushi where massive galena and sphalerite is the primary ore. Good specimens of cerussite and hemimorphite where found as well as medium to poor mimetite and smithsonite.
Collection and photo, Paul De Bondt.

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Photo added:3rd Mar 2009
Dimensions:2272x1704px (3.87 megapixels)
Date/Time of Photo:3rd Mar 2009 16:14:00
Camera:NIKON E4500
Software:Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Exposure time:1/8s
Focal Length:14mm
Focal Length (35mm film equivalent):67mm
ISO speed:100
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