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This picture is      Malachite


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Photo by Jim Bryan

Malachite (Ca2CO3(OH)2) is an ore of copper and often used as an ornament. Despite it's beauty, its usfulness in jewelry is limited due to its softness. It is often found on the fringe areas of volcanic activity or mountain upthrust where hot, metal rich gasses seep up through cracks and seams in the Earth.
It forms a layer averaging about 1/8 inch on this specimen.


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