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Chrysocolla cuprite (a.k.a., Sonora Sunrise) was found nearly 250 meters down in the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Most coppers mines are open pit mines, but this material is completely covered by gravel. Chrysocolla takes the Greek word for gold, chrysos, and the Greek word for glue, kolla, in allusion to the fact the material was used to solder gold. Cuprite is from the Latin, cuprum, meaning copper.
Mike Woodward's "Sonora Sunrise 01" macro photograph was captured digitally with a 103 megapixel camera, and then printed on aluminum to retain the exquisite details. A photo of the enitre stone accompanies this piece.
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