Massive sphalerite vein
Virtual Museum ID: 19-D28-11
coarse grained; wallrock shows very little alteration; possibly a Duthie-type vein, i.e. distal to an intrusion, not epithermal
Sphalerite is the main ore mineral for zinc, and although relatively common, finding it in commercial amounts is somewhat rarer. The zinc will give the mineral a yellow or red hue, but iron can replace the zinc in the atomic structure, making the crystals black. Rarely, cobalt finds its way into the structure, and produces green crystals.
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Original Collection:Smithers Exploration Group (SEG)
Sub Collection:Epithermal Textures
Virtual Museum ID:19-D28-11
Date Added to VM:2019-08-21
Datum:09 (NAD 83)
Primary Features:Massive sphalerite vein
Primary Mineral Formula:(Zn,Fe)S
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