Algodonite

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Algodonite
Algodonit - Houghton County, Michigan, USA.jpg
Algodonite - Houghton County, Michigan, USA
General
Category Sulfide mineral
Formula
(repeating unit)
Cu6As
Strunz classification 02.AA.10a
Crystal symmetry Hexagonal - dihexagonal dipyramidal, H-M symbol (6/m 2/m 2/m), space group P63/mmc
Unit cell a = 2.6 Å, c = 4.228 Å, Z = 2
Identification
Formula mass 456.2 g
Color Gray, silver white, steel gray, tarnishes dull bronze
Crystal habit Massive, granular. Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock
Fracture Sub-conchoidal
Mohs scale hardness 4
Luster Metallic
Diaphaneity Opaque
Specific gravity 8.38 (measured), 8.72 (calculated)
Other characteristics Non-magnetic, non-fluorescent
References [1][2][3]
Mohawkite nugget, a mixture of domeykite, algodonite and copper

Algodonite is a copper arsenide mineral with formula: Cu6As. It is a gray white metallic mineral crystallizing in the hexagonal system. It has a Mohs hardness of 4 and a specific gravity of 8.38 - 8.72.

It was first described in 1857 from the Algodones silver mine, Coquimbo, Chile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Algodonite. Webmineral
  2. ^ Algodonite. Mindat.org
  3. ^ Williams, Sidney A. (1963). "Crystals of rammelsbergite and algodonite". American Mineralogist 48: 421–422.