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Sonoraite - Sold

Sonoraite is a hydrous iron tellurite. Gaines et al. (1968) named the species after the Mexican state of Sonora, wherein the type locality resides. Sonoraite resembles emmonsite in color but has a different habit, preferring radial aggregates in contrast to the dendritic habit typical of emmonsite.

Sonoraite forms patches to 3 mm on iron-stained matrix. This specimen came out in 2007, when exploration for gold around Moctezuma enabled collecting of a ton or two of tellurate bearing rock.