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New Finds of Mimetite and Vanadinite from Central Iran

In the oxidized zone of lead-zinc-bearing ore deposits of Iran, mimetite is one of the most common arsenates, sometimes in association with vanadinite. Together with pyromorphite, these minerals make a ternary system within the apatite supergroup (Pasero et al. 2010). To date, only mimetite and vanadinite have been reported from the oxidized zone of the central and northwestern Iranian ore deposits, found at the Chah-Milleh, Gowd, Negin, Dareh-Zandjir, Ahmad Abad, Mehdi-Abad, Garedou Asby, Garedou Sini, and Angouran localities (Bariand 1963; Boni et al. 2007; Hairapetian, Welting, and Pelckmans 2015; Grüll 2015). However, these occurrences have been described only briefly, and minerals from these localities have rarely been illustrated.

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

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.

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

Alireza Sarami holds an MSc in petrology and is the head of Behin Sepahan Test company in Isfahan (Iran). His interest is geochemical investigations on Pb-Zn ore deposit minerals.

Pourya Hosseini studied environmental geology at the Department of Geology, Azad University of Esfahan (Khorasgan Branch). He has an interest in the field collecting of minerals in old mines and in mining geotourism.       

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