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Appearance, Uses and History
Pyromorphite is a Lead chlorophosphate mineral, often occurring in bright green crystalline masses.
It is often used as an ore of Lead, but is also prized by mineral collectors due to its outstanding green crystal formations.
The unusual name is derived from the Greek pyr (fire) and morfe (form), as wjhen the mineral is melted there is an interesting recrystallisation reaction.
Pyromorphite is found all around the world, with excellent crystalline specimens occurring in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, the UK, the USA, and Zambia.
Photos of Pyromorphite
Hazards and Warnings
Pyromorphite is a Lead based mineral, used as an ore of lead, and as such, is a toxic mineral. Inhaling or ingesting this mineral could be very dangerous, and hands should be washed after handling any specimen of Pyromorphite.
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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