4" Galena Octahedrals and Chalcopyrite in Matrix - Morocco

This specimen contains lustrous galena octahedrals throughout a sulfide rich matrix. Sporadically throughout the specimen, chalcopyrite can be found, noted by its bright yellow-gold shine. Small amounts of calcite can be seen mixed into the matrix as well.

Galena is a lead based mineral that is in fact the primary ore of lead, and has been used for its lead content for thousands of years. Galena typically displays a gray metallic luster and forms cubes or octahedral crystals. The chemical composition of galena is PbS.

While galena will not pose a health hazard by sitting on the shelf, or even from casual handling, we suggest washing hands following handling due to the lead content of the mineral.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Galena, Chalcopyrite & Calcite
LOCATION
Jbel Tadaghast, Azilal, Morocco
SIZE
4" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#57140