Sampleite GT37

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This is a one off Sampeleite from Endeavour Open Cut, Northparkes Mine, Goonumla via Parkes NSW Australia Weight 100 grams Size 5 x 2 x 4 cm
The sampleite is an alteration product of copper sulphides in contact with guano. Also found on the specimen was atacamite, weddellite and gypsum, on goethite and manganese oxide coated friable quartz rock. The sampleite occurs as platy spheriodal aggregates. Sampleite has a general formula of NaCaCu5(PO4)4Cl•5(H2O).[3] It was first described in 1942 for an occurrence in Chuquicamata, Chile and was named after Mat Sample, a mine superintendent for the Chile Exploration Company.[2] Sampleite is monoclinic. It belongs to the space group P21/n or P21/c.[4][5] In a thin section it has a high surface relief and will have sharp boundaries with the surrounding medium. Sampleite is anisotropic and has visible pleochroism and birefringence. It is characteristically found in earthy crusts in a highly sericitized rock and is present in highly oxidized conditions near the surface. When it occurs as micaceous rosettes and aggregates it can be associated with dendrites of manganese and iron oxides. Sampleite appears to be the most recent mineral deposited with the exception of gypsum
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