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RM789   Curite with soddyite

Shinkolobwe Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Congo, Democratic Republic of

Small but interesting specimen of curite that presents groups of brilliant acicular prismatic crystals with an intense orange color. Observed under the microscope we can see that they have transparency and are accompanied by yellow crystals soddyita. This radioactive mineral is named after Pierre Curie (see wikipedia) and this sample is from Shinkolobwe, the type locality for the species. A chance to get a piece with curite crystals.

Size: 3,5 x 2,5 x 1,8 cm.
Main crystal: 0,3 mm.

Presents radioactive activity.