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Maucherite Mineral Data

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General Maucherite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ni11As8
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,244.96 gm
   Nickel   51.86 %  Ni
   Arsenic  48.14 %  As
           100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ni11As8
Help on Environment: Environment: In hydrothermal veins with other nickel arsenides and sulfides.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1913
Help on Locality: Locality: Eisleben, Mansfeld Basin, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for William Maucher (1879-1930), mineral dealer of Munich, Germany.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Maucherite + Pronunciation Say MAUCHERITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 34853
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Comments: Massive, fine-grained, dark maucherite with cream-colored barite.
Location: Eisleben, Mansfeld Basin, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Scale: Specimen size 8 cm.
© Thomas Witzke / Abraxas-Verlag

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Comments: Reddish, semi-metallic aggregate of feathery maucherite crystals on matrix.
Location: Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Scale: Picture size 2 mm.
© Reiner Mielke

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  Argentopentlandite   Maucherite

Comments: Reflected light image of a polished section containing argentopentlandite (AgP) with galena (G), native silver (Ag), chalcopyrite (Ch) and maucherite (M).
Location: Silver City, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA. Scale: Picture Size 900 µm.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Maucherite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:3.17414
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 6.868, c = 21.8, Z = 4; V = 1,028.29 Den(Calc)= 8.04
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Trapezohedral H-M Symbol (4 2 2) Space Group: P 41212,P 43212
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 1.713(1), 2.01(1), 2.69(0.9),

Physical Properties of Maucherite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Grayish copper red, Reddish silver white, Bronze yellow, Reddish white.
Help on Density: Density: 7.83
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Uneven - Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Help on Habit: Habit: Striated - Parallel lines on crystal surface or cleavage face.
Help on Habit: Habit: Tabular - Form dimensions are thin in one direction.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5 - Apatite
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: blackish gray

Optical Properties of Maucherite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Weak.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Pinkish gray.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Maucherite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   45.60   48.00 
 420 nm   45.80   48.00 
 440 nm   46.00   48.00 
 460 nm   46.40   48.20 
 480 nm   46.80   48.60 
 500 nm   47.20   49.20 
 520 nm   47.80   49.90 
 540 nm   48.40   50.80 
 560 nm   49.30   51.50 
 580 nm   50.30   52.50 
 600 nm   51.40   53.50 
 620 nm   52.70   54.80 
 640 nm   53.80   56.00 
 660 nm   55.00   57.20 
 680 nm   56.00   58.30 
 700 nm   57.00   59.30 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Maucherite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Maucherite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=7.39 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Maucherite =8.04 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.005859747
Boson Index = 0.994140253
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMaucherite = 55.61 barns/electron
U=PEMaucherite x rElectron Density= 410.85 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Maucherite is Not Radioactive

Maucherite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.16)with miscellaneous formulae
  (02.16.16)Dana Group Maucherite Ni11As8 P 41212,P 43212 4 2 2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.AB.15 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.A - Simple Sulfides, Selenides, etc
  02.AB -Ni-metalloid alloys
02.AB.15 Maucherite Ni11As8 P 41212,P 43212 4 2 2

Other Maucherite 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 Maucherite :
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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