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Faustite with Wavellite


Faustite is the zinc analogue of the phosphate mineral turquoise. Erd et al. (1953) named the mineral after Dr. George T. Faust (1908-1985), mineralogist and geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Bingham Canyon mine is the world's largest open cast mine, and has produced a tremendous quantity of copper. Specimens are not especially common from the mine, partially due to automation, but there is an interesting phosphate mineral suite known. On this specimen, faustite forms 1-1.5 mm pale yellow spheres. Associated are colorless wavellite crystals on the quartz gangue matrix. A great faustite specimen! Ex Phil Richardson collection, a Utah specialist.

Price: $125

Item code: MS1244

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