Sphalerite Mineral


Sphalerite mineral is the most important zinc ore.

It is often found with galena which is a major lead ore.





The two are easily confused, particularly because they occur together and can be intergrown.

There are a couple of varieties of sphalerite mineral.

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Sphalerite by Ian Geoffrey Stimpson via Flickr

The red varieties are called ruby jack, iron rich varieties are called marmatite, and the massive banded varieties are called schalenblende.












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