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Quetzalcoatlite

Quetzalcoatlite

Named for the feathered snake god, Quetzalcoatl, whom the Toltec and Aztec people believed was the god of the sea, in reference to the minerals sea-blue color. Quetzalcoatlite can be found only at its type locality at the Bambollita Mine at Moctezuma, Mexico, and within the United States in Arizona, California, and Utah. This rare mineral is found in oxidized hydrothermal deposits that contain tellurium.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/quetzalcoatlite.pdf

Formula
Cu2+3Zn6Te6+2O12(OH)6ยท(Ag,Pb,[ ])Cl 
Crystal System
Hexagonal 
Cleavage
Distinct, None, None 
Color
blue 
Class
Hexagonal - Trapezohedral 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
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Quetzalcoatlite from Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic dist., Juab Co., Utah, United States

Quetzalcoatlite
            from Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic dist.,  Juab Co., Utah, United States

Acicular to radiating in cross section blue crystals to 1mm.

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Quetzalcoatlite from Blue Bell claims, San Bernardino Co., California, United States

Quetzalcoatlite
            from Blue Bell claims, San Bernardino Co., California, United States

Light green acicular sprays eminating from a core agggregate. The sprays are about 0.5mm.

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