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Named for its localities, including type locality, in Kazakhstan. It is a rare mineral that can be found only in Kazakhstan and the United States. It occurs in veins and cementing beccias in weathered, vanadium-bearing black shale, as well as hydrothermally in gold deposits. Associated minerals include bokite, fervanite, schubnelite, hewettite, tyuyamunite, cacoxenite, variscite, and fluellite.

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


Erich Keck, a German collector of Hagendorf minerals, is the namesake for Keckite. Keckite is a rare weathering product of phosphates in granite pegmatites. It can be found in Germany, Portugal, and newer localities in the United States, Australia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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


Named for the old word given to red amorphous antimony trisulfide, kermes, which gets its origin from the Persian word qurmizq, which means “crimson.” Kermesite is an uncommon, but widespread mineral that can be found in localities in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Russia, Bolivia, Australia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Canada, and others. It occurs as an alteration of stibnite in antimony deposits.

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

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