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General Millerite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: NiS
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 90.76 gm
   Nickel  64.67 %  Ni
   Sulfur  35.33 %  S
          ______ 
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: NiS
Help on Environment: Environment: In limestone and dolomite cavities.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
Help on Locality: Locality: St. Louis, Missouri and Keokuk, Kansas. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after the English mineralogist, William Hallowes Miller (1801-1880)
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Millerite + Pronunciation Say MILLERITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Hair Pyrites
  ICSD 40054
  PDF Dec-41
 

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  Millerite

Comments: Fragile, acicular crystals of metallic yellow millerite in a vug.
Location: Hall's Gap, Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA. Scale: Not Given.
© Lou Perloff / Photo Atlas of Minerals

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  Millerite

Comments: Dense tuft of hair-like millerite crystals.
Location: Kerr-Addison mine, Timmons, Ontario, Canada. Scale: Tuft height 5 cm.
© Dave Barthelmy

Millerite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:0.32733
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 9.62, c = 3.149, Z = 9; V = 252.38 Den(Calc)= 5.37
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Trigonal - Hexagonal Scalenohedral H-M Symbol (3 2/m) Space Group: R 3m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.777(1), 1.863(0.95), 2.513(0.65),
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Forms: ( 2 1 1) ( 1 0 0) ( 1 0 1)

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Physical Properties of Millerite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {1011} Perfect, {0112} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Bronze, Greenish gray, Gray, Brass yellow.
Help on Density: Density: 5.5
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Uneven - Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Help on Habit: Habit: Acicular - Occurs as needle-like crystals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Uniformly indistinguishable crystals forming large masses.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3-3.5 - Calcite-Copper Penny
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Magnetic after heating
Help on Streak: Streak: greenish black
 

Optical Properties of Millerite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Strong.
Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Weak in air, stronger in oil, pale yellow-brown to bright yellow.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Millerite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   26.70   29.80 
   
 420 nm   32.00   35.00 
 440 nm   37.30   40.20 
 460 nm   42.00   44.30 
 480 nm   46.60   47.40 
 500 nm   50.00   49.50 
 520 nm   52.80   51.60 
 540 nm   54.80   52.90 
 560 nm   56.10   54.00 
 580 nm   57.20   54.80 
 600 nm   58.00   55.60 
 620 nm   58.80   56.20 
 640 nm   59.50   56.80 
 660 nm   60.10   57.20 
 680 nm   60.60   57.60 
 700 nm   61.00   57.90 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Millerite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Millerite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=5.21 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Millerite =5.37 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0099573802
Boson Index = 0.9900426198
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMillerite = 27.75 barns/electron
U=PEMillerite x rElectron Density= 144.51 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Millerite is Not Radioactive
 

Millerite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.08.16.01 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.16)Dana Group
 
02.08.16.01 Millerite NiS R 3m 3 2/m
 
02.08.16.02 Makinenite NiSe R 3m 3m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CC.20 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CC -With Ni, Fe, Co, PGE, etc.
 
02.CC.20 Makinenite NiSe R 3m 3m
 
02.CC.20 Millerite NiS R 3m 3 2/m
 

Other Millerite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Sinkankas66) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Millerite :
1 - Alkali-Nuts(English)
2 - Alkali-Nuts(Francais)
3 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
4 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
5 - Athena
6 - EUROmin Project
7 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
8 - Franklin Minerals(Palache)
9 - GeoScienceWorld
10 - Glendale Community College
11 - Google Images
12 - Google Scholar
13 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
14 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
15 - HyperPhysics
16 - MinDAT
17 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
18 - NSDL Reciprocal Net (JAVA)
19 - Online Mineral Museum
20 - QUT Mineral Atlas
21 - Ruff.Info
22 - WWW-MINCRYST
23 - theimage

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Dana No: 02.08.16.01 Strunz No: 02.CC.20
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