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James Smithson

James Smithson

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Socorro County, New Mexico

Millions of small needlelike crystals form each mound on this specimen.  The mineral is named after James Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institution.  He first recognized smithsonite as a distinct mineral.  It is mined for zinc.

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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 9-15-2021