Cobaltoan Calcite – Unusual morphology from Katanga


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This cobaltoan calite is from the Katanga Copper Crescent in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a vast mineral rich area that is mined, primarily, for the recovery of copper and other metals. There are over 100 different mines and diggings in this area with 10 large operations. Local people mine in the closed locations for a long list of mineral specimens including the associated minerals such as cobaltoan calcite. It is the cobalt rich variety of calcite, a carbonate, and it contains the elements Ca, Co, C and O. This specimen consists of a limestone matrix (sawed on the back and bottom as displayed in photo 1) that is covered with druse and unusual secondary crystal deposits. It measures 1 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 inches or 38 x 35 x 9 mm.

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Weight12 oz

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