Dark waxy green crystals composed of basic copper phosphate. Pseudomalachite occurs naturally in the oxidation zones for copper ores. It resembles Malachite in appearance but lacks the characeristic light/dark banding of malachite. Pseudomalachite has been found in Zaire (Shaba), Slovakia (Libethen), Germany (Bavaria), France, Russia, Canada and the U.S. (Arizona).
Synonyms and Related Terms
basic copper phosphate; false malachite; ehlite; lunnite; Pseudomalachit (Deut.)
Crystals = massive Fracture = conchoidal Clavage = imperfect Luster = glassy Streak = bluish green
Unlike malachite, pseudomalachite will not react with acids.
|Refractive Index||1.791; 1.856; 1.867|
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- External source or communication Comment: Naumova et al. Studies in Conservation 35:81-88, 1990
- Website address 1 Comment: MinDat at http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/phosphat/pseudoma/pseudoma.htm