Hydrated phosphate containing hydroxyl
Specific gravity: 3.123 to 3.145
Colour: White, light green, colourless in transmitted light
Solubility: Readily soluble in acids
Spencerite is a rare secondary mineral in some
zinc-bearing hydrothermal deposits. Associated minerals include
smithsonite and cerussite
At the type locality, the Hudson Bay mine, Salmo, Nelson Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada, spencerite occurs in a cave in oxidised zinc ore, associated with hopeite and hemimorphite (Mindat, Dana).
At the Kabwe mine, Central Province, Zambia, spencerite has been found associated with hemimorphite, smithsonite and hopeite (R&M 94.2.138-139).
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