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Cobaltite Mineral Data

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General Cobaltite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: CoAsS
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 165.92 gm
   Cobalt   35.52 %  Co
   Arsenic  45.16 %  As
   Sulfur   19.33 %  S
           ______ 
           100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CoAsS
Help on Environment: Environment: High temperature hydrotherma deposits and contact metamorphic rocks.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1832
Help on Locality: Locality: Mines in the Cobalt district, Ontario, Canada. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the German, Kobold, "underground spirit" or "goblin," in allusion to the refusal of cobaltiferous ores to smelt properly, hence "bewitched."
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Cobaltite + Pronunciation Say COBALTITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 31189
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  Cobaltite

Comments: Cobaltite embedded in greenish gray dolomite.
Location: Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Scale: 1.3 cm across.
© John Veevaert

Cobaltite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.9978:1:1
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 5.57, b = 5.582, c = 5.582, Z = 4; V = 173.55 Den(Calc)= 6.35
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Pyramidal H-M Symbol (mm2) Space Group: P ca21
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 1.68(1), 2.59(1), 2.77(0.8),
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Physical Properties of Cobaltite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {100} Good, {010} Good, {001} Good
Help on Color: Color: Reddish silver white, Violet steel gray, Black.
Help on Density: Density: 6.33
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
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 Habit: Habit: Striated - Parallel lines on crystal surface or cleavage face.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5.5 - Knife Blade
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Magnetic after heating
Help on Streak: Streak: grayish black
 

Optical Properties of Cobaltite

Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Very weak.
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Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Cobaltite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 400 nm   48.20   
 420 nm   48.60 
 440 nm   49.00 
 460 nm   48.60 
 480 nm   48.30 
 500 nm   48.70 
 520 nm   49.40 
 540 nm   50.30 
 560 nm   51.20 
 580 nm   52.30 
 600 nm   53.20 
 620 nm   54.10 
 640 nm   54.80 
 660 nm   55.20 
 680 nm   55.40 
 700 nm   55.30 
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Calculated Properties of Cobaltite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=5.82 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Cobaltite =6.35 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0014494566
Boson Index = 0.9985505434
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PECobaltite = 45.56 barns/electron
U=PECobaltite x rElectron Density= 265.02 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Cobaltite is Not Radioactive
 

Cobaltite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.12.03.01 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.12)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:2
  (02.12.03)Cobaltite Group (Cubic or pseudocubic crystals)
 
02.12.03.01 Cobaltite CoAsS P ca21 mm2
 
02.12.03.02 Gersdorffite NiAsS P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.03 Ullmannite NiSbS P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.04 Willyamite (Co,Ni)SbS P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.05 Tolovkite IrSbS P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.06 Platarsite (Pt,Rh,Ru)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.12.03.07 Irarsite (Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.12.03.08 Hollingworthite (Rh,Pt,Pd)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.12.03.09 Jolliffeite (Ni,Co)AsSe P a3 2/m 3
 
02.12.03.10 Padmaite PdBiSe P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.11 Michenerite (Pd,Pt)BiTe P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.12 Maslovite PtBiTe P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.13 Testibiopalladite PdTe(Sb,Te) P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.14 Changchengite! IrBiS P 213 2 3
 
02.12.03.15 Milotaite! PdSbSe P 21/3 2 3
 
02.12.03.16 Kalungaite! PdAsSe Pa3 2/m 3
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.EB.25 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.25 Cobaltite CoAsS P ca21 mm2
 
02.EB.25 Changchengite! IrBiS P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Hollingworthite (Rh,Pt,Pd)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Gersdorffite NiAsS P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Irarsite (Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Jolliffeite (Ni,Co)AsSe P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Krutovite NiAs2 P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Michenerite (Pd,Pt)BiTe P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Maslovite PtBiTe P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Mayingite IrBiTe P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Padmaite PdBiSe P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Platarsite (Pt,Rh,Ru)AsS P a3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Ullmannite NiSbS P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Tolovkite IrSbS P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Testibiopalladite PdTe(Sb,Te) P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Willyamite (Co,Ni)SbS P 213 2 3
 
02.EB.25 Kalungaite! PdAsSe Pa3 2/m 3
 
02.EB.25 Milotaite! PdSbSe P 21/3 2 3
 

Other Cobaltite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Sinkankas66) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Cobaltite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
3 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
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 - MinDAT
13 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
14 - Online Mineral Museum
15 - Philatelic Mineralogy
16 - QUT Mineral Atlas
17 - Ruff.Info
18 - Scandinavian mineral gallery
19 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Dana No: 02.12.03.01 Strunz No: 02.EB.25
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