'Wulfenite from Theba, Arizona'

'Wulfenite from Theba, Arizona'

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Caption: Wulfenite, lead molybdate, is one of the most prized of all collector minerals. It occurs worldwide in the oxidation zone of lead and zinc deposits, formed due to the action of late-stage molybdenum-bearing solutions. Its crystals are distinctive, sometimes bypyramidal, but generally flat wafer-like tablets. The color of wulfenite is spectacular, ranging from yellowish, brownish and orange to various shades of red. Crystals are seldom large but are generally sharp and well-formed. Among the best known localities are various mines in Mexico, and many in Arizona, such as the Rowley Mine at Theba, Arizona, where wafer-thin wulfenite crystals occur with balls of orange mimetite and other species.

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