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Wulfenite

Wulfenite

Franz Xavier Wulfen, mineralogist and author of a monograph on lead ores of Bleiberg, Austria, has the honor of having Wulfenite named after him. A common secondary mineral in hydrothermal systems with over 1,000 localities worldwide, Wulfenite occurs in the oxidized zones of lead deposits where molybdenum is commonly externally introduced. Individual Wulfenite crystals can be piezoelectric, meaning they can gain a charge in response to pressure. Yellow fluorescence in long-wave ultraviolet light has been observed in Wulfenites from a few localities.

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

Formula
PbMoO4 
Crystal System
Tetragonal 
Crystal Habit
Tabular, Pyramidal 
Cleavage
Imperfect, None, None 
Luster
Resinous - Greasy 
Color
orange yellow, waxy yellow, yellowish gray, olive green, brown 
Streak
yellowish white 
Class
Tetragonal - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
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Wulfenite from Mystery Tunnel to Silver Bill mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Mystery Tunnel to Silver Bill mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States Yellow, thin bladed crystals to 7mm.
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Wulfenite from Lead mine, Ping Wu, Mei Yang, Schuang Province, China

Wulfenite
            from Lead mine, Ping Wu, Mei Yang, Schuang Province, China Dipyramidal crystals to 2mm on light blue Barite.
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Wulfenite from James R. Lee mine, Broadwaters Co., Montana, United States

Wulfenite
            from James R. Lee mine, Broadwaters Co., Montana, United States Bright orange tabular Wulfenite crystals to 5mm.
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Wulfenite from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia

Wulfenite
            from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia

Steep pryamidal yellowish tan, sharp crystals to 8mm and light yellow, thin tabular crystals to 3mm.

An amber brown large well formed, complete crystal. From the 3rd oxidation zone. Ex. Gebhard, excellent specimen.

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Wulfenite from Melissa mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Melissa mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Bright orange tabular crystals to 5mm with dipyrimidal terminations.

Dipyramidal crystals to 2-3mm

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Wulfenite from Finch mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Finch mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite crystals to 6mm frosted over with drusy Quartz.

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Wulfenite from Ahumada mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Wulfenite
            from Ahumada mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Large elongated dipyrimadal, dark orange crystal to 1.2cm and thick tabular crystals to 2cm.

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Wulfenite from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria

Wulfenite
            from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria Orange thick tabular crystals averaging about 4-5mm.
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Wulfenite from Red Cloud mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Red Cloud mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

9mm orange tabular crystal.

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Wulfenite from Gonzalito mine, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

Wulfenite
            from Gonzalito mine, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

Dark orange dipyrimidal crystals mostly to about 2mm.

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Wulfenite from San Rafael mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Wulfenite
            from San Rafael mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Blue well-formed, tabular Wulfenite crystals to about 0.75mm within vugs of Arsenopyrite, which is coating decayed Galena. These have been confrmed by XRD and the blue coloration has been shown to be due to about 3.7% copper. This specimen came out of the Jungles collection and it is not known where in the mine it was found.

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Wulfenite from Albuñuelas, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Wulfenite
            from Albuñuelas, Granada, Andalusia, Spain Orange, excellent dipyramidal crystals to about 1mm lining open fractures.
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Wulfenite from Chapacase Mine, Tocopilla, Chile

Wulfenite
            from Chapacase Mine, Tocopilla, Chile Extreme reddish orange tabular to bladed Wulfenite crystals to 2mm with beveled edges. This is some of the most orange-red Wulfenite you will find due to high chromium content.
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Wulfenite from Rožná dep., Vysočina, Moravia, Czech Republic

Wulfenite
            from Rožná dep., Vysočina, Moravia, Czech Republic

Bright orange, tabular crystals of Wulfenite to 3mm, most are 1-2mm, with fiery orange, acicular sprays of Mimetite to 1mm.

Thin bladed bright orange Wulfenite crystals to 6mm associated and with yellow, acicular Mimetite crystals.


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Wulfenite from Hardscrabble mine, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States

Wulfenite
            from Hardscrabble mine, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States

Orange, dipyramidal crystals, up to 5mm.

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Wulfenite from El Refugio Mine, Galena, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States

Wulfenite
            from El Refugio Mine, Galena, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States

Yellow-orange, prismatic, tabular Wulfenite crystals. Up to 3mm.

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Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia

Wulfenite
            from Whim Creek, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia

Glassy yellow, dipyramidal crystals to 1.5mm.

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Wulfenite from 79 mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from 79 mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

Orange 1mm thin tabular crystal.

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Wulfenite from Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Wulfenite
            from Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Deep orange micro, dipyrimidal crystals of Wulfenite scattered on Torbernite matrix.

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Wulfenite from La Plaka, Laurium, Greece

Wulfenite
            from La Plaka, Laurium, Greece
Special Info
Phillips Collection

Orange tabular crystals from 1 to 4mm.

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Wulfenite from Touissit dist., Oujda-Angad prov., Oriental, Morocco

Wulfenite
            from Touissit dist., Oujda-Angad prov., Oriental, Morocco

Thin yellow Wulfenite crystals to 6mm perched on matrix, associated with Dolomite.

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Wulfenite from Mežica mine, near Mežica, Slovenia

Wulfenite
            from Mežica mine, near Mežica, Slovenia

Orange tabular pyramidal crystals to 7mm.

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Wulfenite from Adelia mine, Inca de Oro, Atacama, Chile

Wulfenite
            from Adelia mine, Inca de Oro, Atacama, Chile

A flashy specimen of orange 1mm Wulfenite crystals with orange balls of Mimetite on Chrysocolla.

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Wulfenite from Maoniuping mine, Mianning Co., Liangshan, Sichuan prov., China

Wulfenite
            from Maoniuping mine, Mianning Co., Liangshan, Sichuan prov., China

Yellow-orange tabular crystals to 4mm.

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Wulfenite from Rowley mine, Maricopa Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Rowley mine, Maricopa Co., Arizona, United States

Bright orange tabular Wulfenite crystals to 3mm with yellow-orange fiery Mimetite all on Baryte.

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Wulfenite from La Poderosa mine, Sierra Gorda, Antofagasta, Chile

Wulfenite
            from La Poderosa mine, Sierra Gorda, Antofagasta, Chile

Orange tabular crystals of Wulfenite to 1mm.

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Wulfenite from Pure Potential mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Wulfenite
            from Pure Potential mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Deep, bright orange tabular crystals to 7mm. 

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Wulfenite from Ivigtut Cryolite deposit, Ivigtut, Arsuk Fjord, Sermersooq, Greenland

Wulfenite
            from Ivigtut Cryolite deposit, Ivigtut, Arsuk Fjord, Sermersooq, Greenland

A 0.25mm micro crystal of Wulfenite on the matrix. 

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Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Wulfenite
            from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Orange carmel colored thick tabular crystals of Wulfenite from 3-8mm. Good luster, showy. Los Lamentos Wulfenite is one of the better and more coveted localities, which are forever disappearing from the market.

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Wulfenite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

Wulfenite
            from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

Elongated dipyramidal crystals to 1.3cm. This is a large specimen full of good crystals, which are color zoned.

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