Cerussite – Day 3 of the Mineral Advent Calendar

This holiday season, why not get a mineral every day instead of chocolate? Today’s mineral is Cerussite, find out more about it below..

One of my favourite things about this time of year is tucking up under a nice blanket with a hot chocolate and a seasonal film! And there are so many to choose from:

I love seasonal movies - have you watched Elf yet? WHY NOT!?! GO watch it as soon as you have finished this post!

I love seasonal movies – have you watched Elf yet? WHY NOT!?! GO watch it as soon as you have finished this post!

But in order to watch these cinematic gems (*excuse the pun) you need a nice shiny LCD television (or similar). If you want your TV functioning in full technicolor (even if you are watching a classic like ‘Christmas in Connecticut’) you need lead – and you get that from minerals like Cerussite.

Gorgeous Cerrusite (this photo is from Wikipedia), many more gorgeous images of Cerussite are available on the MinDat website!

Gorgeous Cerrusite (this photo is from Wikipedia), many more gorgeous images of Cerussite are available on the MinDat website!

Cerussite:

Chemical formula: PbCO3
Colour: Colourless, white, gray, blue, or green
System: Orthorhombic
Hardness (Mohs): 3 – 3½
Can you find it in the UK? Yes

Locations registered for Cerussite in the UK, from the MinDat website.

Locations registered for Cerussite in the UK, from the MinDat website.

Cerussite is a lead carbonate mineral and is commonly formed as a result of weathering of Galena and other lead ore minerals. Cerussite can be found in several locations across the UK, but is not commercially mined in this country.

For more information about Cerussite please visit the MinDat website.

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