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General Muckeite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: CuNiBiS3
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 427.41 gm
   Copper   14.87 %  Cu
   Nickel   13.73 %  Ni
   Bismuth  48.89 %  Bi
   Sulfur   22.51 %  S
           100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CuNiBiS3
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1989
Help on Locality: Locality: Grune Au mine, Schutzback, near Siegen, Germay. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Arno Mucke (1937-), German mineralogist.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Muckeite Say MUCKEITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Mueckeite

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Comments: Dark gray tabular crystals of Mückeite.
Location: Grüneau Mine (Grüne Au Mine; Grünau Mine), Schutzbach, Betzdorf, Siegen District (W), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Scale: Picture size 5 mm.
© Thomas Witzke / Abraxas-Verlag

Muckeite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.5982:1:0.3885
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 7.509, b = 12.551, c = 4.877, Z = 4; V = 459.64 Den(Calc)= 6.18
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Disphenoidal H-M Symbol (2 2 2) Space Group: P 212121
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.975(1), 3.177(0.8), 1.837(0.7),

Physical Properties of Muckeite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {010} Very Good, {001} Good
Help on Color: Color: Pale gray.
Help on Density: Density: 5.88
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Tabular - Form dimensions are thin in one direction.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3.5 - Copper Penny
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: gray black

Optical Properties of Muckeite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Moderate.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Muckeite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 546 nm   34.10   39.00 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Muckeite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Muckeite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=5.44 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Muckeite =6.18 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0032401599
Boson Index = 0.9967598401
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMuckeite = 908.93 barns/electron
U=PEMuckeite x rElectron Density=4,941.47 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Muckeite is Not Radioactive

Muckeite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (03)Sulfides - Sulfosalts
  (03.04)where z/y > 3 - (A+)i (A++)j [By Cz], A=metals, B=semi-metals, C=non-metals
  (03.04.04)Lapieite Group Lapieite CuNiSbS3 P 212121 2 2 2 Muckeite CuNiBiS3 P 212121 2 2 2 Malyshevite PdCuBiS3 P mmm 2/m 2/m 2/m Lisiguangite! CuPtBiS3 P 212121 2 2 2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.GA.25 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.G - Sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites
  02.GA -Neso-sulfarsenites, etc., without additional S
02.GA.25 Muckeite CuNiBiS3 P 212121 2 2 2
02.GA.25 Lapieite CuNiSbS3 P 212121 2 2 2
02.GA.25 Malyshevite PdCuBiS3 P mmm 2/m 2/m 2/m
02.GA.25 Lisiguangite! CuPtBiS3 P 212121 2 2 2

Other Muckeite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.75,p708,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Dana8)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Muckeite :
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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