Malachite at Alderley Edge
Cheshire, England, 2004

Malachite, Cu2CO3(OH)2 has been mined at Alderley Edge since the Bronze Age. It can be smelted to obtain copper metal, or used as a pigment. This 'green waterfall' is in Wood Mine.

I'm very grateful to the Open University Geological Society and the Derbyshire Caving Club for their expert navigation through a maze of tunnels in the mine.

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