|Crystal symmetry||Orthorhombic (2/m 2/m 2/m) - dipyramidal|
|Unit cell||a = 11.24 Å, b = 9.90 Å, c = 6.56 Å; Z = 4|
|Formula mass||395.88 g/mol|
|Crystal habit||Groups of pyramidal crystals|
|Mohs scale hardness||1.5|
|Optical properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Other characteristics||burns without residue|
Dimorphite (chemical name tetraarsenic trisulfide) is a very rare orange-yellow chalcogenide mineral. In nature, dimorphite forms primarily by deposition in volcanic fumaroles at temperatures of 70–80 °C (158–176 °F). Dimorphite was first discovered in a such a fumarole near Naples, Italy in 1849 by the mineralologist Arcangelo Scacchi (1810–1893). Since its discovery, dimorphite has been found in the Alacrán silver mine near Copiapó, Chile. It has also been reported from Cerro de Pasco, Peru, and the Lavrion District Mines in Attica, Greece.
Properties and applications
Dimorphite has two crystal forms, Α- and Β-. This property gives rise to its name, which comes from the Greek for "two" and "form." Dimorphite transitions between its α- and β- forms at around 130 °C (266 °F).
Dimorphite can be synthesized by melting arsenic and sulfur together in the proper molar ratios in vacuum.
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- Handbook of Mineralogy
- Webmineral data
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