Smithsonite – Lustrous Crystals from the Tsumeb Mine



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These smithsonite crystals are from the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region of Namibia. This is an ore pipe deposit that is mined for copper lead and other metals. It is over 3000 feet deep and contains two oxidation zones. Over 300 mineral species have been identified at the mine including the zinc carbonate smithsonite. It contains the elements Zn, C and O. This specimen is a swirling plate of dozens of lustrous smithsonite crystals. They have complex modified scalenohedral habits and they have a faint pink or beige hue. This piece measures 2 x 1 5/8 x 1 inches or 50 x 41 x 25 mm.

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Weight5 oz