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Salesite - Sold

Salesite is a copper iodate mineral, in fact the first iodate mineral ever found (Palache & Jarrell, 1939). The mineral name honors Reno H. Sales (1876-1969), Chief Geologist at the Anaconda Company, who used drilling exploration to realize the significance of the Chuquicamata deposit. Salesite forms complex orthorhombic crystals, here to 4 mm, with a bluish green color. This specimen likely formed in a narrow crack, and the crystals show partial contacting. This is a rich example, with large crystals. Nice.