|Crystal class||Prismatic (2/m) |
(same H-M symbol)
Bismite is a bismuth oxide mineral, bismuth trioxide or Bi2O3. It is a monoclinic mineral, but the typical form of occurrence is massive and clay-like with no macroscopic crystals. The color varies from green to yellow. It has a Mohs hardness of 4 to 5 and a specific gravity of 8.5 to 9.5, quite high for a nonmetallic mineral.
Bismite is a secondary oxidation zone mineral which forms from primary bismuth minerals.
Bismuth trioxide — details on the chemistry of this substance.
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