1.9" Atacamite & Selenite Association - Peru

This beautiful specimen contains an association of selenite crystals and vivid green atacamite. It was collected from the Lily Mine in Pisco Umay, Peru and is 1.9" wide.

Selenite is a variety of gypsum, a soft sulfate mineral that is composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4 · H2O). When chemically pure, gypsum is transparent and colorless, however, impurities give the gypsum a diverse range of colors and formations. Desert rose, selenite and satin spar are just a few of the varieties of gypsum known to have formed though hydrothermal processes.

Atacamite is a secondary copper mineral that's formed from the oxidation of copper minerals. It has the chemical formula Cu₂Cl(OH)₃ and forms as slender prismatic crystals, fibrous crystals and as granular to compact aggregations. Atacamite was first described by D. de Fallizen after specimens found in the Atacama Desert of Chile in 1801.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Atacamite & Selenite
LOCATION
Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru
SIZE
1.9" wide
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#98148