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Rouaite in Cuprite - Sold

Rouaite is a hydrous copper nitrate; it is water soluble. The mineral name recalls the type locality in the Roua mines, Alpes-Maritimes, France (Sarp et al., 2001). Rouaite occurs in isolated pockets in cuprite which protects it from circulating ground water.

In a 2018 discovery at Tenke Fungurume, pockets of exotic copper nitrates and oxides were found in massive cuprite. Material appeared at the Denver and Munich mineral shows. Rouaite cleavages to 5 mm are embedded (i.e. "frozen") in massive cuprite. Rare.