Malachite

Malachite

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Malachite, cut and polished section. Malachite is a hydrated form of copper carbonate. It is formed by oxidation of copper deposits. Malachite is a valuable decorative stone used to make small tables, boxes, ornaments and jewellery. In the past it was crushed and used as a pigment called mountain green. This sample is from the copper- mining province of Katanga (formerly Shaba) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Keywords: crystal, crystalline, cut, gem, gemstone, geology, green, hydrated copper carbonate, hydrous, malachite, mineral, natural, polished, section, sectioned, semi-precious stone, slice, sliced, surface

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