2.6" Sphalerite Cluster of Sparkling Dolomite - Elmwood Mine

 
This is a 2.6" wide cluster of Shalerite on a sparkling dolomite matrix from the famous Elmwood mine in Tennessee. The entire specimen measures 8" in length.

The Elmwood Mine is a zinc mine in Carthage, Tennessee which opened in 1969, before being closed for many years, only to be reopened in 2010. It has produced many world class specimens of Fluorite, Calcite, Barite and Galena over the years. Specimens used to be plentiful as miners were allowed to recover specimens, but collecting is strictly prohibited by the new mine owners. They've gone to great lengths to prevent the mining of specimens, including blasting crystal pockets or filling them with slurry.


Shalerite ((Zn,Fe)S) is a mineral that is the chief ore of zinc while Galena is a primary ore for lead.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Sphalerite
LOCATION
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
SIZE
Sphalerite Cluster 2.6" wide, entire piece 8" across
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#63365