2.6" Crocoite Crystals On Gibbsite - Adelaide Mine, Tasmania

 
This is a specimen of bluish-grey, botriodal Gibbsite with small, orange Crocoite crystals from the famous Adelaide Mine in Tasmania. The entire specimen is 2.6" wide. Due the fragility of the crystals it has been mounted to a clear, acrylic base both from shipping and display.

Crocoite is a rare mineral, brilliant, red/orange mineral consisting of lead chromate. It was first discovered in Russia and has since only been found in a small number of other localities around the world. The crystals often form long, slender, prisms arranged in dense clusters.

The Adelaide Mine in Tasmania is undoubtedly the world’s most famous producer of crocoite specimens. In the decades the mine has been worked only a small number of pockets of top quality Crocoite have been found. One pocket was located in the 1970's another in the 1990's and most of the recent material is coming from a single large pocket found in 2010.




DETAILS
SPECIES
Crocoite & Gibbsite
LOCATION
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
SIZE
2.6 x 2.5 x 1.7"
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#147969