Pseudomalachite Cu5(PO4)2(OH)4Locality:Clara Mine, Rankach…

Pseudomalachite

Cu5(PO4)2(OH)4

Locality:

Clara Mine, Rankach valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Field of View: 1.32 mm

Photo: Michael Förch

Pseudomalachite is a phosphate of copper with hydroxyl, named from the Greek for “false” and “malachite”, because of its similarity in appearance to the carbonate mineral malachite.  Both are green coloured secondary minerals found in oxidised zones of copper deposits, often associated with each other. Pseudomalachite is a secondary mineral found in the oxidised zones of copper ore deposits.

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