Chrysocolla, Antlerite
Cabinet, 9.5 x 4.4 x 4.0 cm
Tyrone Area, Burro Mountains District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
Antlerite is an uncommon secondary copper sulfate mineral occurring in the oxidized zone of copper deposits in arid regions. Radial clusters of lustrous, olive-green, acicular antlerite crystals are richly scattered on the wedge-like matrix and are seriously complimented by two bands of botryoidal, spring-green chrysocolla. This fine combination specimen hails from a very uncommon for antlerite New Mexico locality - the Tyrone District in Grant County. Older material from the Mullane Collection.