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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mineral Specimen: Atacamite Crystal Cluster

Chemical Formula: Cu2Cl(OH)3
Provenance: La Farola Mine, PERU
Size and Weight:275 grams. Approx 10 x 5 x 2.5 cm

Atacamite is polymorphous with botallackite, clinoatacamite, and paratacamite. Atacamite is a comparatively rare mineral, formed from primary copper minerals in the oxidation or weathering zone of arid climates. It has also been reportedas a volcanic sublimate from fumarole deposits, as sulfide alteration products in black smokers and as alteration of ancient bronze and copper artefacts. It occurs in association with cuprite, brochantite, linarite, caledonite, malachite, chrysocolla and its polymorphs.

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