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Cameronite Mineral Data

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General Cameronite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: AgCu7Te10
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,828.69 gm
   Copper     24.32 %  Cu
   Silver      5.90 %  Ag
   Tellurium  69.78 %  Te
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: AgCu7Te10
Help on Environment: Environment: Hydrothermal deposits in telluride-rich ores.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1986
Help on Locality: Locality: Good Hope mine, Vulcan, Colorado, USA. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Eugene N. Cameron (1910-), U.S. Economic geologist.

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  Cameronite   Rickardite   Vulcanite

Comments: Gray metallic massive cameronite showing subconchoidal fracture associated with purple rickardite and bronzy plates of vulcanite in a mass of tellurium, co-type specimen.
Location: Good Hope mine, Vulcan District, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA. Scale: See Image.
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Cameronite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:3.32304
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 12.695, c = 42.186, Z = 16; V = 6,798.82 Den(Calc)= 7.15
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 41/mmc
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.118(1), 3.456(1), 1.804(0.6),

Physical Properties of Cameronite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Black, Gray.
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal - Very brittle fracture producing small, conchoidal fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Anhedral Grains - Granular minerals without the expression of crystal shapes
Help on Habit: Habit: Microscopic Crystals - Crystals visible only with microscopes.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3.5-4 - Copper Penny-Fluorite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Optical Properties of Cameronite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Distinct, medium gray to slate-gray to brownish gray.
Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Slight, pale gray to pale brownish gray.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Cameronite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   23.60   28.40 
 420 nm   25.60   30.10 
 440 nm   27.40   31.40 
 460 nm   28.90   32.50 
 480 nm   30.10   33.10 
 500 nm   31.00   33.60 
 520 nm   31.60   33.70 
 540 nm   32.10   33.80 
 560 nm   32.50   33.70 
 580 nm   32.80   33.60 
 600 nm   33.00   33.40 
 620 nm   33.10   33.20 
 640 nm   33.30   33.00 
 660 nm   33.40   32.70 
 680 nm   33.50   32.60 
 700 nm   33.60   32.30 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Cameronite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Cameronite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.02 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Cameronite =7.15 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.05
Boson Index = 0.95
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PECameronite = 282.22 barns/electron
U=PECameronite x rElectron Density=1,699.31 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Cameronite is Not Radioactive

Cameronite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.16)with miscellaneous formulae
  (02.16.20)Dana Group Cameronite AgCu7Te10 P 41/mmc 4/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.DB.35 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.D - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 3:4 and 2:3
  02.DB -M:S = 2:3 and similar
02.DB.35 Cameronite AgCu7Te10 P 41/mmc 4/m 2/m 2/m

Other Cameronite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Dana8) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Cameronite :
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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