antlerite

antlerite

[ant-luh-rahyt]
noun
an emerald to blackish-green mineral, hydrous copper sulfate, Cu 3 (OH) 4 SO 4 , a major copper ore in Chile.

Origin:
after the Antler Mine, Mohave Co., Arizona, from where samples were first described in 1889; see -ite1

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antlerite

a copper sulfate mineral, Cu3(SO4) (OH)4, that is found in the oxidized zone of copper deposits, particularly in arid regions. At Bisbee, Ariz; Kennicott, Alaska; Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mex.; and Chuquicamata, Chile, it is the principal copper ore mineral. For detailed physical properties, see sulfate mineral (table)

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