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Cuprite Mineral Data

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General Cuprite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu2O
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 143.09 gm
   Copper  88.82 %  Cu  100.00 % Cu2O
   Oxygen  11.18 %  O
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          100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu2O
Help on Environment: Environment: Oxidized zone of copper deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
Help on Locality: Locality: Commonly in the copper deposits of SW USA and in Chile. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Latin, cuprum, meaning copper. Chalcotrichite from the Greek, meaning "hairy copper."
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Cuprite Say CUPRITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Chalcotrichite
  ICSD 63281
  PDF 5-667
  Red oxide of copper