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MD-249279
Chalcosiderite
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm
Wheal Phoenix (Phoenix United Mine; West Phoenix Mine), Linkinhorne, Caradon & Phoenix Area (South-Eastern Bodmin Moor), Liskeard District, Cornwall, England, UK
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Chalcosiderite is a rare mineral, a member of the Turquoise Group and is isostructural with turquoise. This fine, old-time specimen is from the West Phoenix Mine in Cornwall, the Type Locality for chalcosiderite. The vuggy front of the 3-dimensional, quartz-rich gossan matrix is richly lined with gemmy, forest-green, grape-like clusters of radial chalcosiderite blades on botryoidal goethite. The little quartz vein dividing the vug is a nice accent. This is excellent material from this historic Cornwall mine and is likely to be over 100 years old.