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Wulfenites from Central Iran: A Review and Some New Observations

MINERALS from the polymetallic (lead-zinc-copper) ore deposits in the Anarak and Yazd regions of Iran have long been known to the international mineral collecting community. Several small underground lead-zinc mines produced many unique and high-quality minerals. Most of these, however, ended up as lead ore, making mineral specimens from these locations quite scarce. Besides a number of rare minerals, the most important species in this region are wulfenite, cerussite, descloizite, and mimetite.

Vachik Hairapetian is a paleontologist and a lecturer in the Department of Geology, Azad University of Esfahan (Khorasgan Branch). He started collecting minerals in 1994.

Tim Welting holds a PhD in biochemistry from Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and is now assistant professor at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). He started to collect minerals in 2001. His collection has a strong focus on wulfenite and pyromorphite specimens from around the world.

Herwig Pelckmans studied geology at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and has been collecting minerals since his childhood. He has written many articles for both local and international mineral magazines and has given lectures throughout Europe and the United States.   

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