Galena & sphalerite on quartz substrate

Galena & sphalerite on quartz substrate

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Caption: Galena, also known as galenite and lead-glance is a natural mineral composed of lead sulfide (PbS). It is the most important ore of lead and deposits are found worldwide. It occurs as dull grey to silvery grey cubes or octahedral crystals, sometimes with skeletal surface. Its crystal symmetry is isometric hexoctahedral.Sphalerite is a zinc-sulphide with varying content of iron, chemical formula (ZnFe)S. When low in iron its crystals have a yellow to brown luster. With more iron it is an opaque, dark metallic-grey, as in this sample, and then sometimes referred to as marmatite.The few brassy yellow-gold crystals interspersed in this sample are of the mineral Chalcopyrite, a copper iron sulfide (CuFeS2). Sample is from Madan in Bulgaria, actual width is 28 cm.

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