Image: Crocoite specimen

Crocoite specimen

Crocoite on limonite, from the Albert Chapman Collection

S Humphreys
© Australian Museum


Why is this specimen special?

Delicate crystal needles of vivid orange-red colour and great length in an aesthetic grouping.

What is it made of?

It is made of lead, chromium and oxygen.

Where was it found?

Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia.

What is it used for?

Crocoite is mainly of interest to collectors because of its rarity. Crocoite is a source of chromium and lead. Chromium is used in stainless steel. Lead is used in motor vehicle batteries.

Actual size

12 x 10 cm

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