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Lavrion smithsonites: A mineralogical and mineral chemical study of their coloration

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Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge

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Samples of smithsonite from the Lavrion mines are studied to determine the relationship between the colour of the mineral and the content of minor and trace elements and/or impurities. Among the trace elements found, responsible for the colouration are iron and manganese (?) (light yellow), and copper (blue, green). Copper presence is due to a ZnCO3 — CuCO3 solid solution (up to 6.3 mol % CuCO3) and not to inclusions of copper minerals. In comparison, important inclusions are greenockite aggregates (yellow) and iron hydroxides (brown). In the most complicated cases, combinations of both trace elements and inclusions influence the final colour.

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Katerinopoulos, A., Solomos, C., Voudouris, P. (2005). Lavrion smithsonites: A mineralogical and mineral chemical study of their coloration. In: Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-27946-6_251

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