4" Natural, Native Copper - Morocco

This is a 4" long, natural formation on native copper mined from the Oumjrane Mines in Morocco. The exterior copper has oxidized, hence the green mineralization.

This specimen comes with an acrylic display stand.

Native copper is an uncombined form of copper which occurs as a natural mineral. Copper is one of the few metallic elements to occur in native form, although it most commonly occurs in oxidized states and mixed with other elements. Native copper was an important ore of copper in historic times and was used by pre-historic peoples.

Native copper occurs rarely as isometric cubic and octahedral crystals, but more typically as irregular masses and fracture fillings. It has a reddish, orangish, and/or brownish color on fresh surfaces, but typically is weathered and coated with a green tarnish of copper carbonate.
Copper & Malachite
Oumjrane Mines, Morocco
4" long, 3.8" wide