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General Colusite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu12-13V(As,Sb,Sn,Ge)3S16
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,673.29 gm
   Vanadium    3.04 %  V
   Copper     47.47 %  Cu
   Tin         4.26 %  Sn
   Germanium   1.30 %  Ge
   Antimony    6.55 %  Sb
   Arsenic     6.72 %  As
   Sulfur     30.66 %  S
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu12.5V5+As1.5Sb0.9Sn0.6Ge0.3S16
Help on Environment: Environment: With other sulfides in hydrothermal copper ore veins.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1933
Help on Locality: Locality: In the USA, from the Leonard mine, south of the Colusa claim, and from other mines at Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: For the Colusa claim, Butte, Montana, USA.
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Arsenosulvanite
  ICSD 75298/9
  PDF 44-1474

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  Colusite   Arsenosulvanite

Comments: Bronzy, metallic tetragonal crystals of colusite (arsenosulvanite) in white marble.
Location: Val Bona quarry, Carrara, Italy. Scale: Picture size 1 cm.
© Dave Barthelmy

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  Vinciennite   Colusite

Comments: Polished section (PPL) of a Fe-rich rim of vinciennite (vinc) on earlier colusite (col). Matrix is bornite (bn).
Location: Kidd Creek Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide deposit, Western Abitibi Subprovince, Timmins, Ontario, Canada. Scale: Picture Size 0.5 mm.
© National Resouces of Canada

Colusite Crystallography

Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.629, Z = 2; V = 1,200.82 Den(Calc)= 4.63
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Isometric - Hextetrahedral H-M Symbol (4 3m) Space Group: P 43n
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.075(1), 1.88(0.8), 1.6(0.6),
Help on Forms: Forms:

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

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Physical Properties of Colusite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Bronze.
Help on Density: Density: 4.2
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Granular - Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3-4 - Calcite-Fluorite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Optical Properties of Colusite

Help on RL Color: RL Color: Cream.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Colusite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 400 nm   22.00   
 420 nm   23.50 
 440 nm   25.00 
 460 nm   25.90 
 480 nm   26.60 
 500 nm   27.50 
 520 nm   28.80 
 540 nm   30.00 
 560 nm   30.90 
 580 nm   31.60 
 600 nm   31.90 
 620 nm   31.50 
 640 nm   30.80 
 660 nm   29.80 
 680 nm   28.70 
 700 nm   27.80 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Colusite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Colusite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.30 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Colusite =4.63 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.01
Boson Index = 0.99
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEColusite = 62.68 barns/electron
U=PEColusite x rElectron Density= 269.36 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Colusite is Not Radioactive

Colusite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (03)Sulfides - Sulfosalts
  (03.01)where z/y > 4 - (A+)i (A++)j [By Cz], A=metals, B=semi-metals, C=non-metals
  (03.01.01)Colusite Group (Isometric: P-43n) with Cu and V Colusite Cu12-13V(As,Sb,Sn,Ge)3S16 P 43n 4 3m Germanocolusite Cu13V(Ge,As)3S16 P 43n 4 3m Nekrasovite Cu26V2(Sn,As,Sb)6S32 P 43n 4 3m Stibiocolusite Cu13V(Sb,As,Sn)3S16 P 43n 4 3m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CB.30 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CB -With Zn, Fe, Cu, Ag, Au, etc
02.CB.30 Colusite Cu12-13V(As,Sb,Sn,Ge)3S16 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Germanite Cu26Fe4Ge4S32 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Germanocolusite Cu13V(Ge,As)3S16 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Nekrasovite Cu26V2(Sn,As,Sb)6S32 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Stibiocolusite Cu13V(Sb,As,Sn)3S16 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Maikainite! Cu20(Fe,Cu)6Mo2Ge6S32 P 43n 4 3m
02.CB.30 Ovamboite! Cu20(Fe,Cu,Zn)6W2Ge6S32 P 43n 4 3m

Other Colusite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic1) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Colusite :
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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