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PostPosted: Sep 26, 2016 19:49    Post subject: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

Willis Mountain is a Kyanite mine in Sprouses Corner, Farmville District, Buckingham Co., Virginia, USA. According to Mindat there are 30 or more valid minerals found in multiple areas on the mountain and around the mountain. Malachite is not one of the listed minerals. I attended a field trip this past weekend hosted by The Gem & Mineral Society of Lynchburg. Many specimens were collected after breaking pieces off the host matrix with a 20 pound sledge hammer. I would have photographed the large boulder had I known that this was not a known mineral found a this site. This is one of 6 specimen I collected.


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PostPosted: Sep 27, 2016 02:52    Post subject: Re: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

Does the green material fizz with dilute HCl? or, does it dissolve (slowly) in vinegar?
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PostPosted: Sep 27, 2016 07:32    Post subject: Re: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

I will check it using vinegar, it has a hardness between 3 and 4 and leaves a light green streak. On a few of the specimen there are small areas with a deep blue color, possibly azurite. I have not examined most of the specimens closely since coming back from the field trip.
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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2016 15:35    Post subject: Re: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

Hi Jordi, the green material does dissolve very slowly in vinegar leaving a slightly blue residue. Am I correct to believe this indicates the green material is malachite.
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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2017 20:08    Post subject: Re: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

I had the opportunity to visit the geology department at James Madison University, where Dr. Lance Kearns helped identify minerals for members of our mineral club. He could not make a visual identification, so we used XRD and the results left me with a dilemma. XRD came up with Guildite, Koechlinite, and Georgechaoite as possibilities, Dr. Kearns said none of these completely matched the unknown specimen. My understanding is XRD is the most definitive test to identify a mineral, my dilemma is what should I do next to identify this specimen.


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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2017 14:05    Post subject: Re: Malachite from Willis Mountain VA  

XRD is not always going to give you a cut and dry answer. Some minerals have very similar structures (i.e. stilbite and stellerite) and differentiating them by XRD may not be possible, especially since it does not give chemical data. I imagine Dr. Kearns would investigate the mineral next using SEM-EDS, which would provide some information on semi-quantitative chemistry.
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