Massive sphalerite vein

Virtual Museum ID: 19-D28-11

Specimen Summary


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.

Specimen Data

 

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Collection Details

Original Collection:

Smithers Exploration Group (SEG)

Sub Collection:

Epithermal Textures

Collection ID:

D28-11

Virtual Museum ID:

19-D28-11

Accessibility:

Date Added to VM:

2019-08-21

Location Information

Sample Origin:

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Specific Site:

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UTM Easting:

618466

UTM Northing:

6071559

Datum:

09 (NAD 83)

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Specimen Details

VM Category:

Mineral

Primary Features:

Massive sphalerite vein

Primary Mineral Formula:

(Zn,Fe)S

Primary Category:

sulphide

Secondary Features:

Advanced Geological Information

 

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