7.1" Galena, Chalcopyrite, Barite and Quartz - Morocco

 
 
 
 
This unique specimen contains hundreds of metallic octahedral and cube-octahedral combination galena crystals, standing out from a sulphide rich, quartz druse coated matrix. This matrix also reveals large amounts of chalcopyrite, indicated by the lustrous red/gold color along the edge, as well as scattered around the specimen. Standing over all, is a beautiful football shaped bladed barite cluster. There are clusters of gemmy bladed chlorite in various locations around the specimen, though the cluster in the middle is the real eye opener. The green oxidation around the bottom of the specimen is likely a copper oxidation from the sulphide rich matrix.

There has been very minor stabilization to a portion of the matrix.

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.
FOR SALE
$275
DETAILS
SPECIES
Galena, Chalcopyrite, Barite & Quartz
LOCATION
Bou Nahas Mine (Bou N'hass Mine), Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province (Errachidia Province), Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
SIZE
7.1" long, 4.9" wide, 4.2" tall
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#45085