The specimen of jacobsite investigated is the first reported occurrence from Israel and the middle east. The sample was not found in situ but obtained from a large boulder (approximately 1 cubic meter) which was mined from the vicinity of “manganese hill,” 26 miles North of Eilat, in the Southern Negev (Sturm 1953 and Bentor 1956). All subsequent analyses were performed on a “fist-sized” sample removed from this boulder.

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