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Hydrozincite - Sold

Hydrozincite is a hydrous zinc carbonate mineral, originally noted from Austria and named for its composition (Kenngott, 1853). The mineral is rather widespread globally, with over 1000 occurrences listed. Hydrozincite fluoresces blue-white under shortwave ultraviolet radiation, which aides in its recognition.

Hydrozincite here forms fibrous balls to 2 mm in a depression in iron-oxide-gossan matrix. The concave nature of the piece protects the rather fragile hydrozincite. Also, the separation of the white aggregates on contrasting dark brown matrix provides an appealling contrast to the piece. Nice for the species.