Alabandite is a rare manganese sulphide mineral found in only a few locations in the world, but Broken Hill has produced some of the best and largest examples. This large specimen has arborescent (branching) alabandite crystals coated with an alteration mineral, the manganese oxide mineral hausmannite, with contrasting white ‘dog-tooth’ calcite crystals. Its name comes from ‘Alabanda’, a city in the ancient region of Caria in Asia Minor.
No. 18 level, 2600 ft (792.5 m), Zinc Corporation Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
11 x 29 x 23 cm
This specimen was acquired through an exchange with former Broken Hill miner Richard ‘Dick’ Cannon in 1965.
Zinc Corporation Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. 12 x 7 x 7.6 cm. D.50046. Albert Chapman Collection.
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