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Chrysocolla Cuprite, also known as Sonora Sunset (and sometimes Sonora Sunrise), is named for the lovely and colorful sunsets over the Sonoran Desert, from which it is found. This material is from the Mina Milpillas, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico. The mine opened in 2006. Though most copper mines are open pit mines, this material is covered by 1000 feet of gravel! This major operating copper mine is famous for the museum class Azurite crystals it has produced. Unfortunately it was difficult to get the Sonora Sunset out, as the mining company is in it for the copper ore only, and by late 2011 most of the copper oxide areas were mined out anyway.
Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper silicate and is found in the oxidation zone of copper deposits. Cuprite is commonly found as an oxidation product of copper sulfides in the upper zones of veins and is often associated with other copper ores. The black in this material is either Tenorite or iron.
Chrysocolla is named from the Greek chrysos - "gold" and kolla - "glue" in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. Cuprite is named from the Latin, cuprum, meaning copper.