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Palmierite

Palmierite

Formula
K2Pb(SO4)2 
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Luster
Vitreous - Pearly 
Color
colorless, white 
Streak
white 
Class
Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral 
Hardness
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Palmierite from Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Naples, Campania, Italy

Palmierite
            from Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Naples, Campania, Italy
Special Info
Type Locality

Palmierite is a rare fumarolic sublimate occuring at a handful of localites worldwide. It is a lead sulfate. According to the old Cureton tag this is from the eruption in 1924. The yellow is perhaps some sulfur or one of the many sulfates such as Erythrosiderite or Metavoltine. The Palmierite are tiny colorless plates as is the Aphitalite. Vesuvius complex contains an incredible 39 type locality minerals, this being one of them.

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