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Papagoite

Named for the Papago American Indians, now called the Tohono O’odam, who inhabit the area around the type locality of Papagoite at Ajo in Arizona, USA. Papagoite is a rare mineral found at, in addition to the type locality, localities including South Africa, Namibia, and a newer locality in Slovakia. It occurs at the type locality in thin veinlets in altered granodiorite and at the South African locality as inclusion in quartz crystals. Papagoite can be found in association with aurichalcite, shattuckite, ajoite, barite, and quartz.

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

Parafransoletite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of fransoletite. Parafransoletite can be found only at its type locality here in the Black Hills at the Tip Top mine in South Dakota, USA. It occurs as a “secondary hydrothermal mineral on fracture surfaces in beryl in a complex granite pegmatite.”Parafransoletite can be found in association with beryl, mitridatite, whitlockite, hurlbutite, roscherite, montgomeryite, englishite, and robertsite.

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

Parahopeite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of hopeite. A rare mineral, Parahopeite can be found in Zambia, Canada, England, Germany, Australia, and China. It occurs in oxidized zinc-bearing hydrothermal deposits as a secondary mineral. Parahopeite occurs in association with hemimorphite, tarbuttite, hopeite, scholzite, spencerite, and pyromorphite.

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

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