Calcite on Sphalerite from the Cumberland Mine, Tennessee



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This calcite on sphalerite is from the Cumberland Mine in Smith County, Tennessee, USA. This mine is located next to the Elmwood mine which are both mined primarily for zinc ore. It contains 6 different minerals including sphalerite, a sulfide of zinc and gangue minerals like calcite which is a carbonate. This specimen consists of  glistening sphalerite crystals that host a scalenahedral calcite crystal. The calcite is translucent to transparent and has the orange-amber color that this mine is renowned for. This piece measures 1 x 3/4 x 9/16 inches or 25 x 19 x 14 mm.

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Weight 6 oz

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