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Cerussite with Dundasite

#WR53201

Cerussite with Dundasite

#WR53201
Availability
Sold
Size
9 x 6 x 6 cm - Sm Cabinet 
Formula
PbCO3 (RRUFF)
Locality
Tui mine, Mt. Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
Tagged
carbonate

This mine was once featured in a Mineraolgical Record issue V6 n1, 1975 titled Minerals of the Tui Mine, New Zealand". The specimen comes with an old Willard L. Roberts collection label in which he states it is from the author of that article, Dr. R. L. Ansin. The mine ceased operations in 1973, and shortly thereafter mineral collectors moved in for the goodies. They pulled out not only nice Cerussite like this, but also Azurite, Gold, Smithsonite, Chalcopyrite etc. This specimen contains one large 3cm vug filled with jackstraw white, long and slender white Cerussite crystals to 8mm. There are little, less than 0.5mm, faint blue Dundasite spheroidal groups covering much of the matrix along with the Cerussite. 

Cerussite

Formula
PbCO3 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Reticulate, Massive - Granular, Crystalline - Coarse 
Cleavage
Distinct, Distinct, None 
Luster
Adamantine 
Color
colorless, white, gray, blue, green 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
3-3.5 

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Willard L. Roberts Collection
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