Sunday, April 01, 2012

A is for Azurite


A is for Azurite. Even though azurite is such a common mineral I picked it anyway because of its general appeal and popularity. Azurite is found in one form or another at nearly every copper mine in the world. Because copper is associated with silver, azurite is also found at many silver mines.
Azurite is not always glamorous. Most of the time azurite is just blue on a rock or in a rock. It comes in varying shades of blue such as bright vivid, almost neon blue to deep mid-night blue. The best crystals are free-standing crystals of dark sapphire blue. Azurite can also come in rosettes and rounded balls (often called blue berries).



Noteworthy azurite localities from around the world include;
Tsumeb, Africa
Mexico
Utah; Sioux-Ajax, Blue Crystal
Arizona; Bisbee, Globe-Miami

Other fun A minerals include aquamarine, apatite, aragonite, ajoite, abernathite, agate, amethyst, adamite, and austinite. This is by no means a comprehensive list of “A” minerals.

6 comments:

  1. Nice, like the colour!
    Just popped in from A-Z - good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Yes! Azurite is one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hey, there! Stopping in from A to Z and so glad that I did!! We're science people in this house, and I have a and husband who would LOVE this blog! I also need this blog because, while I find it interesting, I've forgotten everything I once knew about earth sciences. Sad. So sad. Thanks for posting!!

    Amy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask away!

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  3. Awesome theme for the A to Z Challenge! I'm looking forward to learning some stuff this month!

    Christine

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    1. Thank you! Owning a rock shop made it kinda easy to pick our theme for the challenge. :)

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