Azurite with Chalcocite

Chalcocite is a dark coloured mineral that is an important ore for copper, forming within veins filled with hot fluids and gases before they cool and form this mineral. The Azurite occurs later when the copper ore is exposed to weathering – either oxygen or groundwater – that ‘rusts’ the Chalcocite and alters the atomic structure to become brightly coloured Azurite.

Specimen Information

Store: Pacific Museum of the Earth, University of British Columbia

Collection: UBC Collection

Accession #: 906

Primary Mineral: Azurite

Secondary Mineral: Chalcocite

Site Locality: Jubilee Mountain

Location: Nelson, British Columbia

Special Features: n/a

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