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Caption: Aragonite on galena, South Glencrieff (New Glencrieff Mine), Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire.
Description: A specimen of massive aragonite on galena from South Glencrieff, Wanlockhead, Dumfriessshire. Galena is the principal lead ore of the district and aragonite is a gangue mineral of no commercial value. British Geological Survey Petrology Collection sample number MC 7689. Galena is lead sulphide and belongs to the cubic crystal system. It is a soft mineral, only 2 to 2.5 on Moh's scale of hardness. It is very heavy with a specific gravity of 7.2 to 7.6. It is typically a mineral of medium-temperature hydrothermal deposits associated with sphalerite (zinc-blende). The aragonite is composed of calcium carbonate and belongs to the orthorhombic crystal system. It is closely related to calcite which has the same composition but belongs to the hexagonal crystal system. It is a high-pressure polymorph of calcite.
Date taken: 25/06/1905
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Orientation: Landscape
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