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Alabandite Mineral Data

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General Alabandite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: MnS
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 87.00 gm
   Manganese  63.14 %  Mn
   Sulfur     36.86 %  S
             ______ 
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Mn2+S
Help on Environment: Environment: Epithermal sulfide vein deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1842
Help on Locality: Locality: Turkey, Aydin, Alabanda Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after its locality Alabanda, Turkey.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Alabandite + Pronunciation Say ALABANDITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 41331
  Manganblende
  PDF 6-518
 

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  Alabandite

Comments: Dark gray stalactitic alabandite.
Location: Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

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  Daubreelite   Alabandite

Comments: Daubreelite (D), bright metallic white, with alabandite (A) (dull yellow) as inclusions in a polished section of an achondrite meteorite.
Location: Norton County, Kansas. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Alabandite Crystallography

Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 5.214, Z = 4; V = 141.75 Den(Calc)= 4.08
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Isometric - Hexoctahedral H-M Symbol (4/m 3 2/m) Space Group: F m3m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.612(1), 1.847(0.5), 1.509(0.2),
 

Physical Properties of Alabandite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {100} Perfect, {010} Perfect, {001} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Black, Lead gray, Brownish gray.
Help on Density: Density: 3.95 - 4.04, Average = 3.99
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Uneven - Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Help on Habit: Habit: Disseminated - Occurs in small, distinct particles dispersed in matrix.
Help on Habit: Habit: Granular - Generally occurs as anhedral to subhedral crystals in matrix.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Granular - Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3.5-4 - Copper Penny-Fluorite
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Sub Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: dark green
 

Optical Properties of Alabandite

Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Isotropic, n=2.7.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Gray white.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Alabandite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 400 nm   30.90   
 420 nm   28.80 
 440 nm   26.70 
 460 nm   25.40 
 480 nm   24.50 
 500 nm   23.80 
 520 nm   23.20 
 540 nm   22.80 
 560 nm   22.40 
 580 nm   22.00 
 600 nm   21.80 
 620 nm   21.60 
 640 nm   21.50 
 660 nm   21.30 
 680 nm   21.20 
 700 nm   21.10 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Alabandite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Alabandite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.85 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Alabandite =4.08 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0027641817
Boson Index = 0.9972358183
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEAlabandite = 18.54 barns/electron
U=PEAlabandite x rElectron Density= 71.30 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Alabandite is Not Radioactive
 

Alabandite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.08.01.04 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.01)Galena Group (Isometric: Fm3m)
 
02.08.01.01 Galena PbS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.02 Clausthalite PbSe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.03 Altaite PbTe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.04 Alabandite MnS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.05 Oldhamite (Ca,Mg,Fe)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.06 Niningerite (Mg,Fe,Mn)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.07 Borovskite Pd3SbTe4 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.08 Crerarite (Pt,Pb)Bi3(S,Se)4-x(x~0.7) F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.09 Keilite! (Fe,Mn,Mg,Ca,Cr)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CD.10 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CD -With Sn, Pb, Hg, etc.
 
02.CD.10 Alabandite MnS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Altaite PbTe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Galena PbS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Clausthalite PbSe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Niningerite (Mg,Fe,Mn)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Oldhamite (Ca,Mg,Fe)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Keilite! (Fe,Mn,Mg,Ca,Cr)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 

Other Alabandite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Duda&Rejl90) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Alabandite :
1 - Alkali-Nuts(English)
2 - Alkali-Nuts(Francais)
3 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
4 - Athena
5 - EUROmin Project
6 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
7 - GeoScienceWorld
8 - Google Images
9 - Google Scholar
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
11 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
12 - HyperPhysics
13 - MinDAT
14 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
15 - Online Mineral Museum
16 - QUT Mineral Atlas
17 - Ruff.Info
18 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Alabandite

MnS
Dana No: 02.08.01.04 Strunz No: 02.CD.10
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