Cabinet, 14.4 x 8.6 x 3.8 cm
Chalk Mountain Mine, Spruce Pine, Spruce Pine District, Mitchell Co., North Carolina, USA
An extremely rare North Carolina torbernite! Torbernite (a uranium phosphate) is actually rare from anywhere in crystallized specimens. The best know are from Africa and France, and closely-related autunite is well-known from Germany and Washington (state). Occurrences in other localities are rare, and you just do not see North Carolina specimens around. These are flat, platy crystals, of a bright grass green color and a very high luster, looking like shiny sequins in person. Old material collected in the 1960s.