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Chalcanthite Mineral Data

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General Chalcanthite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: CuSO4•5(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 249.69 gm
   Copper    25.45 %  Cu   31.86 % CuO
   Hydrogen   4.04 %  H    36.08 % H2O
   Sulfur    12.84 %  S    32.07 % SO3
   Oxygen    57.67 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu(SO4)•5(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Secondary, formed in arid climates or in rapidly oxidizing copper deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
Help on Locality: Locality: Walls and timbers of copper mines. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Greek chalkos, "copper" and anthos, "flower." Generally pseudomorphous after Boothite.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Chalcanthite + Pronunciation Say CHALCANTHITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Blue Vitrol
  Copper Vitrol
  ICSD 20657
  PDF 11-646