Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

Locality Suites

The Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria

Lead and zinc have been mined from the Rhodope Mountains of southern Bulgaria for hundreds of years. Fine crystal specimens of galena and sphalerite as well as a host of other important minerals such as pyrite, chalcopyrite, calcite and quartz have been preserved from the numerous mines in this Balkan region.


Sphalerite on Quartz
Madan
Photo: Jeff Scovil


Galena & Sphalerite
Madan
Photo: Debra L. Wilson


Galena & Sphalerite on Quartz
Madan
Photo: Debra L. Wilson


Pyrite after Pyrrhotite
Madan
Photo: Debra L. Wilson

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