Manganese Carbonate, MnCO3
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Hardness: 3.5-4.5
Density: 3.3-3.6

Rhodochrosite is a member of the calcite group. It occurs as a common gangue mineral in sufide mineral deposits and hydrothermal veins containing ores of copper, lead and silver. It is formed under a wide range of temperatures. Rhodochrosite also occurs as a secondary mineral in iron and manganese oxide deposits. It is also associated with metamorphic and metasomatic rocks of sedimentary origin.

Rhodochrosite most commonly occurs as granular, mammillated, concretionary, reniform and stalactic masses. More rarely it is found as rhombohedral crystals which vary from brown to light grey to translucent pink crystals with a vitreous to pearly luster. When exposed to air, rhodochrosite can become covered with a dark film of manganese oxide.

Stuart provides the following remarks:

"As they say there's no place like "Home Sweet Home". I'm sure they were talking about the "Sweet Home Mine" in Alma, Colorado. This is a classic locality that has been reworked the last few years with great success. These Rhodochrosite's are only rivaled by those from South Africa."

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