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General Mercury Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Hg
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 200.59 gm
   Mercury 100.00 %  Hg
           100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Hg
Help on Environment: Environment: Secondary mineral resulting from oxidation of cinnabar deposits. Solid below -38.9°C.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) Prehistoric
Help on Locality: Locality: Most notable occurrences are Almaden mines in Spain and the Idria mines in Yugoslavia. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Arabic.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Mercury Say MERCURY
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 44514
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Mercury Image

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Comments: Silvery metallic mercury coatings on quartz.
Location: Socrates Mine, Sonoma County, California, USA. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

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Comments: Small silvery droplets of mercury on tan-colored rock matrix.
Location: Sonoma Co., California, USA. Scale: Picture size 5 cm.
© Kevin Ward

Mercury Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.92739
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 3.4573, c = 6.6636, Z = 3; V = 68.98 Den(Calc)= 14.49
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral H-M Symbol (3 2/m) Space Group: R 3m

Physical Properties of Mercury

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Tin white, Gray white.
Help on Density: Density: 13.6
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Liquid - Occurs as a liquid at room temperatures.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 0 - Liquid
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: none

Calculated Properties of Mercury

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=11.6 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Mercury =14.5 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.3
Boson Index = 0.7
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMercury =1,774.45 barns/electron
U=PEMercury x rElectron Density=20508.93 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Mercury is Not Radioactive

Mercury Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (01)Native Elements
  (01.01)with metallic elements other than the platinum group
  (01.01.07)Dana Group Mercury Hg R 3m 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 01.AD.05 01 - ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
  01.A - Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
  01.AD -Mercury-amalgam family
01.AD.05 Mercury Hg R 3m 3 2/m

Other Mercury Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Duda&Rejl90) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Mercury :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
3 - Athena
4 - GeoScienceWorld
5 - Google Images
6 - Google Scholar
7 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
9 - MinDAT
10 - Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - Philatelic Mineralogy
14 - QUT Mineral Atlas
15 - Ruff.Info
16 - Scandinavian mineral gallery

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