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Oosterboschite Mineral Data

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General Oosterboschite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (Pd,Cu)7Se3
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 960.38 gm
   Copper      3.31 %  Cu
   Palladium  72.03 %  Pd
   Selenium   24.67 %  Se
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Pd6.5Cu0.5Se3
Help on Environment: Environment: In the oxidation zone of a Cu-Co mine.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1970
Help on Locality: Locality: Musonoi mine, Shaba, Zaire. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for M. R. Oosterbosch, (1908-), Belgian mining engineer.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Oosterboschite + Pronunciation Say OOSTERBOSCHITE

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Comments: Polished section showing oosterboschite (metallic yellow) and its alteration product (light brown) as intergranular veinlets surrounding mineralized malachite and quartz (dark grey), and several grains of goethite (light grey).
Location: Copper Hills in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. (CanMin, v 40:419). Scale: Picture Size 0.56 mm.
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Oosterboschite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.983:1:1.3613
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.42, b = 10.6, c = 14.43, Z = 8; V = 1,593.82 Den(Calc)= 8.00
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic Space Group: Unk
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.647(1), 1.847(0.8), 2.6(0.8),

Physical Properties of Oosterboschite

Help on Color: Color: Black.
Help on Density: Density: 8.48
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Anhedral Grains - Granular minerals without the expression of crystal shapes
Help on Habit: Habit: Microscopic Crystals - Crystals visible only with microscopes.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5 - Apatite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Optical Properties of Oosterboschite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Medium strong, in bluish gray to brownish gray.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: White-yellow with a cream tint.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Oosterboschite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   38.40   45.10 
 420 nm   39.90   46.50 
 440 nm   41.40   47.90 
 460 nm   42.80   49.20 
 480 nm   43.90   50.30 
 500 nm   44.90   51.20 
 520 nm   45.60   51.70 
 540 nm   46.00   51.80 
 560 nm   46.00   51.60 
 580 nm   46.10   51.30 
 600 nm   46.30   51.20 
 620 nm   46.70   51.40 
 640 nm   47.20   51.60 
 660 nm   47.70   51.80 
 680 nm   48.20   52.00 
 700 nm   48.60   52.20 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Oosterboschite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Oosterboschite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.92 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Oosterboschite =8.00 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.17
Boson Index = 0.83
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEOosterboschite = 195.78 barns/electron
U=PEOosterboschite x rElectron Density=1,355.27 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Oosterboschite is Not Radioactive

Oosterboschite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.16)with miscellaneous formulae
  (02.16.15)Dana Group Rickardite Cu7Te5 Unk Ortho Oosterboschite (Pd,Cu)7Se3 Unk Ortho
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.BC.10 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.B - Metal Sulfides, M:S > 1:1 (mainly 2:1)
  02.BC -With Rh, Pd, Pt, etc.
02.BC.10 Oosterboschite (Pd,Cu)7Se3 Unk Ortho

Other Oosterboschite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Oosterboschite :
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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