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Kitkaite Mineral Data

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General Kitkaite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: NiTeSe
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 265.25 gm
   Nickel     22.13 %  Ni
   Tellurium  48.11 %  Te
   Selenium   29.77 %  Se
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: NiTeSe
Help on Environment: Environment: In narrow carbonate-bearing fissure veinlets in albite.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1965
Help on Locality: Locality: Kitka River area, Kuusamo, Oulun (Oulu) L��ni, Finland Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for the river Kitka, in findland, in the valley of which the mineral was found.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Kitkaite Say KITKAITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 42560
  PDF 18-896

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  Kitkaite   Penroseite   Sederholmite

Comments: B&W polished section image showing kitkaite replacing calcite in penroseite, clausthalite and sederholmite. Note the absence of the clausthalite envelope around kitkaite..
Location: Valley of the Kitka river in Kuusamo, northeast Finland. (AmMin, v50:581). Scale: 100 X.
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Kitkaite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.37944
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 3.716, c = 5.126, Z = 1; V = 61.30 Den(Calc)= 7.18
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral H-M Symbol (3 2/m) Space Group: P 3m1
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.729(1), 2.007(0.45), 1.51(0.35),

Physical Properties of Kitkaite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {001} Good
Help on Color: Color: Yellow gray.
Help on Density: Density: 7.19
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3.5 - Copper Penny
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Kitkaite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Distinct, from pale gray to pink or purple.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Kitkaite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   45.80   47.00 
 420 nm   46.60   48.50 
 440 nm   47.40   50.00 
 460 nm   48.20   51.70 
 480 nm   49.10   53.50 
 500 nm   50.20   55.00 
 520 nm   51.20   56.50 
 540 nm   52.30   57.90 
 560 nm   53.50   59.10 
 580 nm   54.70   60.30 
 600 nm   55.80   61.40 
 620 nm   56.90   62.30 
 640 nm   57.80   63.20 
 660 nm   58.70   63.90 
 680 nm   59.60   64.40 
 700 nm   60.40   64.80 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Kitkaite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Kitkaite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.17 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Kitkaite =7.18 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.06
Boson Index = 0.94
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEKitkaite = 205.92 barns/electron
U=PEKitkaite x rElectron Density=1,270.87 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Kitkaite is Not Radioactive

Kitkaite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.12)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:2
  (02.12.14)Melonite Group (Trigonal: P-3m1) AX2 type Melonite NiTe2 P 3m1 3 2/m Kitkaite NiTeSe P 3m1 3 2/m Moncheite (Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2 P 3m1 3 2/m Merenskyite (Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2 P 3m1 3m Berndtite SnS2 P 3m1 3 2/m Shuangfengite IrTe2 P 3m1 3 2/m Sudovikovite! PtSe2 P 3m1 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.EA.20 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.E - Metal Sulfides, M:S � 1:2
  02.EA -M:S = 1:2
02.EA.20 Berndtite SnS2 P 3m1 3 2/m
02.EA.20 Merenskyite (Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2 P 3m1 3m
02.EA.20 Melonite NiTe2 P 3m1 3 2/m
02.EA.20 Kitkaite NiTeSe P 3m1 3 2/m
02.EA.20 Moncheite (Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2 P 3m1 3 2/m
02.EA.20 Sudovikovite! PtSe2 P 3m1 3 2/m
02.EA.20 Shuangfengite IrTe2 P 3m1 3 2/m

Other Kitkaite 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 Kitkaite :
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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