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Found only in California in the United States, Santaclaraite is named for its type locality at the Santa Clara mine. At Santa Clara, the mineral occurs as “cross-fiber veins and irregular masses in manganese-oxide stained chert and quartz.” Santaclaraite is found in association with calcite, quartz, barite, harmotome, chalcopyrite, copper, howieite, knuthoite, rhodochrosite, and braunite.

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


The type locality of this mineral, the Santa Rosa mine in Chile, is its namesake as well as Santaosaite’s only locality of occurrence. It can be found at Santa Rosa mine “in the oxidation zone of a hydrothermal polymetallic vein deposit.” Santarosaite can be found in association with atacamite, malachite, wulfenite and anhydrite.

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


Named for its fleshy color and greasy, skin-like luster after the Greek word sarkinos, meaning “made of flesh.” Sarkinite occurs in its Swedish localities in metamorphosed orebodies of iron and manganese, in Austria in manganese lenses in marine-origin schists, and at Franklin, New Jersey in the United States in metamorphosed, stratiform zinc ores. Additional localities include Switzerland and others.

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


Named after Professor Wolfgang Sartorius von Walterhausen of the University of Göttingen in Göttingen, Germany, who was the first to describe the species. Sartorite occurs as a hydothermal mineral in dolostone at its type locality in Binntal, Switzerland. It also is found in Italy, the United States, and Peru as well as a few reported others.

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

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