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Bambollaite Mineral Data

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General Bambollaite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu(Se,Te)2
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 245.79 gm
   Copper     25.85 %  Cu
   Tellurium  25.96 %  Te
   Selenium   48.19 %  Se
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CuSe1.5Te0.5
Help on Environment: Environment: In oxidized Au-Te ore in sub-parallel quartz veins in a hydrothermally altered tuff.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1972
Help on Locality: Locality: In the Moctezuma mine, near Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: For the Spanish nickname "La Bambolla" of the mine in which it occurs, which roughly translates into "hot air" in allusion to exaggerated tales of rich gold ore.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Bambollaite + Pronunciation Say BAMBOLLAITE

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Comments: Grannular aggregate of massive bambollaite-bearing ore.
Location: Moctezuma mine, Sonora, Mexico. Scale: Not Given.
© Jeanne S. Broome / ASDM Sonoran Desert Digital Library

Bambollaite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.45717
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 3.865, c = 5.632, Z = 1; V = 84.13 Den(Calc)= 4.85
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: I 41/amd
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.19(1), 1.961(0.7), 1.653(0.5),

Physical Properties of Bambollaite

Help on Color: Color: Brownish gray, Gray.
Help on Density: Density: 5.64
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3 - Calcite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Calculated Properties of Bambollaite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.18 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Bambollaite =4.85 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.05
Boson Index = 0.95
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEBambollaite = 144.11 barns/electron
U=PEBambollaite x rElectron Density= 602.84 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Bambollaite is Not Radioactive

Bambollaite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.12)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:2
  (02.12.09)Dana Group Bambollaite Cu(Se,Te)2 I 41/amd 4/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.EB.05b 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.E - Metal Sulfides, M:S � 1:2
  02.EB -M:S = 1:2, with Fe, Co, Ni, PGE, etc.
02.EB.05b Bambollaite Cu(Se,Te)2 I 41/amd 4/m 2/m 2/m

Other Bambollaite Information

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

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