One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral consisting of hydrated zinc silicate, typically occurring as flat white prisms.
- ‘Historically, smithsonite is referred to as calamine in some descriptive literature, particularly that related to Great Britain and Australia, leading to confusion with hemimorphite if specific compositional data are lacking.’
- ‘Unusual cuprite pseudomorphs after azurite have been found at the Rose mine, Grant County, and cuprite-included hemimorphite is reported from the Blanchard mine in the Hansonburg district, Socorro County.’
- ‘Pseudomorphs of sphalerite after galena, tetrahedrite, barite, and calcite have been found; hemimorphite and smithsonite pseudomorphs after sphalerite are reported.’
- ‘Adamite occurs with conichalcite, agardite, and hemimorphite.’
- ‘Local collectors had tentatively identified it as willemite or smithsonite, based perhaps on the occurrence of botryoidal blue hemimorphite at the same locality.’
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