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TitleCuprite and malachite from near Lyons, France
DescriptionThe dark mineral is cuprite, Cu2O (copper oxide). The green mineral is malachite, Cu2(CO3)(OH)2 (copper carbonate hydroxide), and the white mineral is quartz (SiO2). Cuprite and malachite are both copper ore minerals; cuprite is especially valuable because it it contains so much copper. This specimen is about 9 cm across.
LocationFrance. Near Lyons.
PhotographerDarla Sondrol. 2001-06-18.
CollectionUniversity of North Dakota Mineralogy Collection #470.
Key wordscuprite, malachite, France
Tech details811 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number761