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General Cerussite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: PbCO3
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 267.21 gm
   Lead    77.54 %  Pb   83.53 % PbO
   Carbon   4.49 %  C    16.47 % CO2
   Oxygen  17.96 %  O
          ______        ______ 
          100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Pb(CO3)
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 400 BC
Help on Locality: Locality: Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Latin, cerussa, meaning "white lead."
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Cerussite + Pronunciation Say CERUSSITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 36558
  PDF 47-1734
  White Lead Ore

Cerussite Image

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Comments: Transparent reticulated crystal of cerussite.
Location: Tsumeb Mine, Namibia. Scale: 5 cm.
© Dave Barthelmy

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  Hydrocerussite   Cerussite

Comments: Platy crystals of milky white hydrocerussite covering cerussite.
Location: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia. Scale: 6 x 5 cm.
© Fabre Minerals

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  Mimetite   Cerussite

Comments: Creamy white crystal of cerussite measuring 11 x 22 mm in size nestled nicely in a vug which is lined by bright-yellow, lustrous, prismatic mimetite crystals. The mimetites average 5 mm in length.
Location: Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia. Scale: 3.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm.
© Dan Weinrich

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Comments: Jack-straw aggregate of reticulated, white cerussite. Former John Innes collection.
Location: Tsumeb, Namibia. Scale: 9.75 x 5 x 2.5.
© John Schneider

Cerussite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.6158:1:0.7292
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 5.195, b = 8.436, c = 6.152, Z = 4; V = 269.61 Den(Calc)= 6.58
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (2/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: Pmcn
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.593(1), 3.498(0.5), 2.487(0.32),
Help on Forms: Forms:

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Forms: ( 0 1 0) ( 1 1 0) ( 0 2 1)

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Physical Properties of Cerussite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {110} Distinct, {021} Distinct
Help on Color: Color: Colorless, White, Gray, Blue, Green.
Help on Density: Density: 6.58
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Transparent to subtranslucent
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal - Very brittle fracture producing small, conchoidal fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Crystalline - Coarse - Occurs as well-formed coarse sized crystals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Granular - Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock.
Help on Habit: Habit: Reticulate - Fibers or columns cross in "Net-like" crystalline growths (e.g. cerrusite).
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3-3.5 - Calcite-Copper Penny
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Fluorescent, Short UV=orange, yellow white, Long UV=yellowish.
Help on Luster: Luster: Adamantine
Help on Streak: Streak: white

Optical Properties of Cerussite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.026 (Excellent) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.026 (Excellent) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1496,KPDmeas= 0.1496,KC= 0.1458
Ncalc = 1.96
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (-), a=1.803, b=2.074, g=2.076, bire=0.2730, 2V(Calc)=8, 2V(Meas)=8-14. Dispersion relatively strong.

Calculated Properties of Cerussite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=5.52 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Cerussite =6.58 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.17
Boson Index = 0.83
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PECerussite =1,420.03 barns/electron
U=PECerussite x rElectron Density=7,832.85 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Cerussite is Not Radioactive

Cerussite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (14)Anhydrous Carbonates
  (14.01)with Simple Formula A+ CO3
  (14.01.03)Aragonite Group (Orthorhombic: Pmcn) Aragonite CaCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m Witherite BaCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m Strontianite SrCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m Cerussite PbCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 05.AB.15 05 - CARBONATES (NITRATES)
  05.A - Carbonates without additional anions, without H2O
  05.AB -Alkali-earth (and other M2+) carbonates
05.AB.15 Cerussite PbCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m
05.AB.15 Aragonite CaCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m
05.AB.15 Strontianite SrCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m
05.AB.15 Witherite BaCO3 Pmcn 2/m 2/m 2/m

Other Cerussite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Duda&Rejl90) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Mason68)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Cerussite :
1 - Alkali-Nuts(English)
2 - Alkali-Nuts(Francais)
3 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
4 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
5 - Athena
6 - Franklin Minerals(Dunn)
7 - GeoScienceWorld
8 - Glendale Community College
9 - Google Images
10 - Google Scholar
11 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
12 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
13 - HyperPhysics
14 - MinDAT
15 - Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
16 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
17 - Online Mineral Museum
18 - QUT Mineral Atlas
19 - Ruff.Info
20 - Tradeshop.com - The Rainbow of Gems
21 - University of Colorado - Mineral Structure Data
23 - YupRocks
24 - theimage

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