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Shattuckite replacing Calcite

Shattuckite pseudomorph after Calcite with Malachite and Dioptase
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo

Indigo blue shattuckite replaces sharp calcite crystals, resembling dark blue pyramids towering over the surface. Apparently, these are double pseudomorphs, as a few rare specimens have showed that dioptase replaces the calcite first, then the shattuckite replaces the dioptase. Associated with malachite and emerald-green dioptase crystals. These specimens were found from only a single find that spanned the end of 2010 to early 2011.
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Wow, it doesn't even look real.

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Never have heard of this mineral and the pseudomorphosis but I love the dark blue shine though crystal (or most likely aggregate) points! :)
Great shot!