Dims: 3.2 x 1.7 x 1.3" (8.1 x 4.3 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 4.3 oz. (123.2 g)
Yellow Pine Mine, Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada, U.S.A.
This small hand specimen consists of a few small crusts of intergrown Hydrozincite needles that cover a portion of the chalky, peach-colored host rock. These needles do not exceed 0.2" (5 mm) in length, and are all thinner than human hair. They appear to be in reasonably good condition, as only a small portion is visibly crushed. All have a pure white coloration and posses glimpses of a pearly or vitreous luster shining off of their faces. The crystals are so thin that effective study of their form is impossible without high magnification. Accompanying the crystal beds are crusts of massive hydrozincite that have the same white color but a completely dull, matte luster. I am unsure as to the composition of the base rock, but I would imagine that it would be closely related.