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Poughite is a hydrous iron tellurite sulfate. Gaines (1968) named the mineral in honor of Fred H. Pough (1906-2006), mineralogist who trained under Victor Goldschmidt in Heidelberg, who first described brazilianite, and later became curator at the American Museum of Natural History (New York).

Poughite here forms a crust of radiating crystals. The mineral is typically nondescript. Associated here is minor bladed, altered tellurite. This specimen dates to 2007, when exploration for gold around Moctezuma enabled collecting of a ton or two of tellurate bearing rock.

Price: $75

Item code: MS1708

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