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Paralaurionite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of laurionite. Paraluarionite is a rare mineral found as a secondary mineral after the alteration of lead-bearing slag in contact with sea water and also in hydrothermal polymetallic deposits. It can be found in slag and smelter localities in Greece, Italy, Scotland, Germany, South Africa, and in deposits in England, the United States, Chile, and Morocco.

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

Paramendozavilite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for its chemical similarities to mendozavilite. Paramendozavilite is a rare mineral found only at its type locality at the Cumobabi molybdenum deposit in Sonora, Mexico and in a newer locality in the United States. It occurs at its type locality in oxidized molybdenum-rich pegmatitic breccias within a granodiorite.

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

Paraotwayite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for the similarity of the mineral to otwayite. Paraotwayite is extremely rare and can be found only at its type locality in the Otway prospect in Western Australia, Australia, and in a newer locality in Chile. Paraotwayite occurs at its type locality as a secondary mineral in veinlets through altered hydrothermal nickel ore deposits within serpentinized peridotite.

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

Parascholzite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of scholzite. Parascholzite is a rare mineral found in just a few localities including Germany and here in South Dakota at the Tip Top mine in the Black Hills, and also likely localities in Zambia, Australia, and Spain.  Parascholzite occurs as a secondary mineral and is a product of the alteration of phosphates in granite pegmatites.

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

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