2.1" Galena, Chalcopyrite and Sphalerite Association - Bulgaria

This specimen contains a nice sized cluster of large galena cubes and chalcopyrite. The main galena formation in the center of the specimen has sort of an etched appearance, giving the mineral a unique look. Some portions of the specimen also display aggregations of sphalerite.

The Madan ore fields are located in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. This long stretch of mountain range in Southeastern Europe is home to a variety of incredible minerals, with sulfides being some of which show great variety in these mountains. One of these sulfides is gold ore, a mineral that is mined consistently from the Rhodopes, though is typically found containing relatively high amounts of cyanide. Because of this, there is an additional cyanide extraction process that takes place before the gold can be applicable for whatever use.
Other sulfides like galena, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite of all shapes and sizes, can be found throughout this mountain range.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Galena, Chalcopyrite & Sphalerite
LOCATION
Borieva mine, Madan ore field, Bulgaria.
SIZE
2.1" long, 1.8" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#41740