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General Marcasite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: FeS2
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 119.98 gm
   Iron    46.55 %  Fe
   Sulfur  53.45 %  S
          ______ 
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Fe2+S2
Help on Environment: Environment: Sedimentary, hydrothermal, and secondary mineral.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
Help on Locality: Locality: Common world wide. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Arabic or Moorish name for pyrites and similar material of uncertain origin.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Marcasite + Pronunciation Say MARCASITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 26756
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  Marcasite

Comments: Metallic, brassy-colored marcasite with minor translucent quartz and white dolomite.
Location: Panasqueira (3rd level), in the region of Beira Baixa, Portugal. Scale: 8 x 5.5 cm.
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Marcasite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.8193:1:0.6245
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 4.445, b = 5.425, c = 3.388, Z = 2; V = 81.70 Den(Calc)= 4.88
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (2/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: Pnnm
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.71(1), 1.76(0.63), 3.44(0.4),
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Forms: ( 0 1 0) ( 1 0 1) ( 1 1 0) ( 1 3 0)

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Physical Properties of Marcasite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {010} Indistinct
Help on Color: Color: Bronze, Light brass yellow, Tin white.
Help on Density: Density: 4.89
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Uneven - Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Help on Habit: Habit: Globular - Spherical, or nearly so, rounded forms (e.g. wavellite).
Help on Habit: Habit: Stalactitic - Shaped like pendant columns as stalactites or stalagmites (e.g. calcite).
Help on Habit: Habit: Tabular - Form dimensions are thin in one direction.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 6-6.5 - Orthoclase-Pyrite
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Magnetic after heating
Help on Streak: Streak: gray brownish black
 

Optical Properties of Marcasite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Very strong, yellow through light green to dark green.
Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Creamy white [100], light yellowish white [010], white with rose-brown tint [001].
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Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Marcasite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   40.60   45.10 
   
 420 nm   42.20   46.00 
 440 nm   43.80   48.50 
 460 nm   44.80   50.30 
 480 nm   45.50   52.10 
 500 nm   46.20   54.10 
 520 nm   47.40   55.40 
 540 nm   48.60   55.50 
 560 nm   49.20   54.90 
 580 nm   49.10   54.10 
 600 nm   48.90   53.50 
 620 nm   48.60   52.80 
 640 nm   47.80   52.20 
 660 nm   47.20   51.60 
 680 nm   46.60   51.10 
 700 nm   46.20   50.60 
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Calculated Properties of Marcasite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.72 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Marcasite =4.88 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.01
Boson Index = 0.99
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMarcasite = 16.89 barns/electron
U=PEMarcasite x rElectron Density= 79.71 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Marcasite is Not Radioactive
 

Marcasite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.12.02.01 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.12)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:2
  (02.12.02)Marcasite Group (Orthorhombic: Pnnm)
 
02.12.02.01 Marcasite FeS2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.02 Ferroselite FeSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.03 Frohbergite FeTe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.04 Hastite? CoSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.05 Mattagamite CoTe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.06 Kullerudite NiSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.07 Omeiite (Os,Ru)As2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.08 Anduoite (Ru,Os)As2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.09 Lollingite FeAs2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.10 Seinajokite (Fe,Ni)(Sb,As)2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.11 Safflorite (Co,Fe)As2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.12 Rammelsbergite NiAs2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.12.02.13 Nisbite NiSb2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.EB.10a 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.10a Frohbergite FeTe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.EB.10a Hastite? CoSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.EB.10a Ferroselite FeSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.EB.10a Kullerudite NiSe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.EB.10a Mattagamite CoTe2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.EB.10a Marcasite FeS2 Pnnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 

Other Marcasite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Duda&Rejl90) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Marcasite :
1 - Alkali-Nuts(English)
2 - Alkali-Nuts(Francais)
3 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
4 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
5 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
6 - Athena
7 - EUROmin Project
8 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
9 - Franklin Minerals(Dunn)
10 - Franklin Minerals(Palache)
11 - GeoScienceWorld
12 - Glendale Community College
13 - Google Images
14 - Google Scholar
15 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
16 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
17 - MinDAT
18 - Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
19 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
20 - NSDL Reciprocal Net (JAVA)
21 - Online Mineral Museum
22 - Philatelic Mineralogy
23 - QUT Mineral Atlas
24 - Ruff.Info
25 - Scandinavian mineral gallery
26 - Tradeshop.com - The Rainbow of Gems
27 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Marcasite

FeS2
Dana No: 02.12.02.01 Strunz No: 02.EB.10a
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