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Xocomecatlite

Xocomecatlite

Named after its appearance as a bunch of grapes, from the Nahua (Aztec) xocomecatl, meaning "grape." Xocomecatlite occurs as “ a rare secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of hydrothermal Au-Te deposits.” It can be found in only two countries worldwide, in the USA and Mexico where Xocomecatlite gets its type locality.

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

Formula
Cu3TeO4(OH)4 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Spherical, Botryoidal, Radial 
Color
green, emerald green 
Streak
light green 
Class
Orthorhombic 
Fracture
Tough 
Hardness
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Xocomecatlite from Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic dist., Juab Co., Utah, United States

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

Green spheroidal crystals to 0.5mm.

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