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In this page some piece from the Lavrion disctrict mine, Greece. It is an area, 55 Km for from Athens, where mining activity began 3.500 years B.C., to extract mainly silver and lead. For other info about Lavrion minerals see this link and read this file.
I obtained these pieces, and others not photographed, when I collected some dusty boxes from an old collection

 

 




Adamite var alumino adamite
Round aggregates of Al-adamite, on a matrix partially covered by pale green gibbsite
7x7cm
Kamariza mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1469

2nd photo
3rd photo

4th photo
5th photo




Adamite var cuprian adamite
Balls of Cu-adamite, made of small XX, green and bright on limonitic matrix, with a nice contrast
5x4cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1467

2nd photo, entire piece
3rd photo, detail

4th photo, detail
5th photo, detail

 

Adamite var cuprian adamite
Cristalline balls of Cu-adamite, on calcite with small scalenohedron of calcite. In some part of this piece the balls are grouped to form a carpet of small XX
5x3,5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1369

2nd photo, close up
3rd photo

4th photo
5th photo




Adamite var cuprian adamite
Large ball of Cu-adamite posted on a limonitic matrix, with a nice aesthetic effect. It is 1x1.3 cm wide
4.5
x4cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1468

2nd photo

 

Adamite var cuprian adamite
Limonitic matrix covered by small but nice adamite XX up to 0,1 cm long; on a white coating, may be hydrozincite
5x3,5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1375

2nd photo, bigger view
3rd photo, detail

 

Adamite var cuprian adamite
Small balls of cu-adamite, on calcite  
5x10cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1392

2nd photo, entire piece
 

 

"Agardite"
Tufts of thin XX, on mineralized matrix. This piece is rich in "agardite", as it is possible to see in the other photos. I have been told that it could be olivenite, but I doubt
5x4cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1217

2nd photo, bigger view
3rd photo, bigger view

4th photo, different view

 

Annabergite
XX of annabergite
forming radiating clusters of bladed crystals with the typical chisel shaped termination; individual XX measure up to 0,2 cm. The photographed group is 0,7x0,8 cm wide. Annabergite has grown in a vug of the mineralized rock, as it is possible to see in the 3rd photo
5x3,5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1350

2nd photo, bigger view
3rd photo, entire piece

 

Annabergite
Transparent bright green XX of this mineral. On the label of this swapped piece appears the name of  magnesian annanergite, also known with the old synonym of cabrerite. It comes from the Km-3 mine in the Lavrion District
8x4.5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1316

2nd photo, entire piece

 

Aragonite
Blue concretion of aragonite, with some "flos ferri formation"
9x10cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.761

 

Aragonite
Large piece with botryoidal formation of white aragonite almost entirely covered by black unknown minerals (goethite, romanechite ?). There are some XX of unknown minerals, 0,1 cm long, with cubic appearance (could be scalenohedrons of calcite), see the 4th photo
18x12cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1345

2nd photo, entire piece
3rd photo, white aragonite
4th photo, cubic small XX




Aurichalcite
Small XX of aurichalcite, on mineralized matrix
8x5.5cm
Kamariza mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1516

2nd photo, entire piece
3rd photo
4th photo




Austinite
Groups of XX of pale green austinite, grown on scalenohedron of calcite, corroded
5.5x5.5cm
Christiana mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1484

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo

 

Azurite
Small XX of azurite (0,1 cm), bright, on a carpet of yellow calcite XX. There are some small balls of adamite (2nd photo)
4x10cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1399

2nd photo, adamite XX on calcite
3rd photo, azurite on calcite

2nd photo, azurite rosette
2nd photo, azurite and adamite in a vug




Baryte
Typical baryte from Lavrion, in small reddish XX; some gypsum in the lower area
9.5x6.5cm
Paleokamariza mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1455

2nd photo

 

Conichalcite
Large piece of conichalcite, with olivenite XX and azurite
12x10cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1401

other photos

 

Conichalcite
Copper mineralized matrix covered by a fine coating of conichalcite, in small globular formations
8x7.5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1449

2nd photo




Devilline
Small balls of devilline acicular XX, on a matrix covered by gypsum
10x10cm
Jean Baptiste mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1633

2nd photo,
3rd photo, entire piece




Fluorite
Group of cubic purple XX of fluorite, with a yellow coating, unremoved
6.4x5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1514

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
Small cubic XX of fluorite, partially covered by reddish oxides
7.5x5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1452

2nd photo

 

 

Lanarkite
Sprays of prismatic XX, grouped in a cavity of mineralized rock with galena
5x7.5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1434

2nd photo, a detail
3rd photo: bigger view

 

Malachite
Limonitc matrix covered by small nice tufts of malachite
9.5x10.5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1394

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo




Malachite
Rounded formation of green malachite, with dark blue azurite. The withe matrix is arsenocrandallite
9.5x10.5cm
Christiana mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1486

2nd photo
3rd photo




Mixite
Green radial sprays of mixite XX, a rare secondary mineral in the oxidized zones of copper-bismuth deposits. Mixite XX are posted within dark green  adamite rounded aggregates, on a limonitic matrix
4.5x4cm
Kamariza mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1517

2nd photo
3rd photo: entire piece

4th photo

 

Rhodochrosite
Microcrystalline rhodochrosite, with probable white kutnohorite. I have been told that the provenience could be Chalkidiki area; but the label of this piece report "Lavrion - 1980" so there is a doubt
9x9cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1368

2nd photo: a detail

 

Rosasite
Small and fine globules of rosasite spread over mineralized matrix
9x4.3cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1450

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Serpierite
Green encrusting of serpierite
4x5cm
Serpieri mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1337

2nd photo: a detail



Smithsonite
Pearly rounded formations of smithsonited, post in cavities of limonitic rock
7x7cm
Kamariza mine, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1470

2nd photo

 

Smithsonite
Botrioydal formations of opaque pale green smithsonite (I am not sure). The mineral is deposited in the cavity of the mineralized rock (see the 2nd photo)
11x6.5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1393

2nd photo, entire piece

 

Smithsonite
Piece of rock with cavities filled with vivid green smithsonite. Some calcite XX grouped in rosettes, on the left
4x5cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1397

2nd photo
3rd photo, detail

 

Smithsonite
Piece of orange pearly smithsonite
5.5x3.3cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1457

2nd photo
3rd photo

Woodwardite
Minute pale blue concretions of this sulfate, on a mass of aragonite posted on marble. It could be a post mining alteration product
7x6cm
Lavrion District mines, Lavrion District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture. Greece
Specimen n.1456

 


 

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