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General Orthoserpierite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ca(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 644.32 gm
   Calcium    6.22 %  Ca    8.70 % CaO
   Zinc      10.15 %  Zn   12.63 % ZnO
   Copper    29.59 %  Cu   37.04 % CuO
   Hydrogen   1.88 %  H    16.78 % H2O
   Sulfur     9.95 %  S    24.85 % SO3
   Oxygen    42.21 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CaCu3Zn(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Secondary mineral in a copper mine.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1985
Help on Locality: Locality: Chessy copper mine, near Lyon, France. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for its stuctural rellationship to serpierite.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Orthoserpierite + Pronunciation Say ORTHOSERPIERITE

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Comments: Vivid blue green sheets and coatings of orthoserpierite on matrix.
Location: Galiuro Mt. Copper Creek, Pinal County, Arizona, USA. Scale: 3.0 X 4.4 cm.
© John Veevaert

Orthoserpierite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =3.5645:1:3.2887
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 22.1, b = 6.2, c = 20.39, Z = 8; V = 2,793.84 Den(Calc)= 3.06
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Pyramidal H-M Symbol (mm2) Space Group: P ca21
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 10.21(1), 3.4(0.9), 5.1(0.9),

Physical Properties of Orthoserpierite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {???} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Pale blue green.
Help on Density: Density: 2.95 - 3.05, Average = 3
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Transparent
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Splintery - Thin, elongated fractures produced by intersecting good cleavages or partings (e.g. hornblende).
Help on Habit: Habit: Crystalline - Fine - Occurs as well-formed fine sized crystals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Platy - Sheet forms (e.g. micas).
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Fluorescent, Short UV=mauve, Long UV=mauve.
Help on Luster: Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Help on Streak: Streak: light green

Optical Properties of Orthoserpierite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.034 (Excellent) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.013 (Superior) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.2049,KPDmeas= 0.209,KC= 0.2022
Ncalc = 1.6 - 1.62
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (-), a=1.586, b=1.645, g=1.65, bire=0.0640, 2V(Calc)=30, 2V(Meas)=32. Dispersion r > v weak.
Help on Pleochroism (x): Pleochroism (x): pale yellow.
Help on Pleochroism (y): Pleochroism (y): pale yellow.
Help on Pleochroism (z): Pleochroism (z): sulfur yellow.

Calculated Properties of Orthoserpierite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.01 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Orthoserpierite =3.06 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0051968567
Boson Index = 0.9948031433
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEOrthoserpierite = 19.03 barns/electron
U=PEOrthoserpierite x rElectron Density= 57.31 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Orthoserpierite is Not Radioactive

Orthoserpierite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (31)Hydrated Sulfates Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
  (31.06)where (A+ B++)5 (XO4)2 Zq�x(H2O)
  (31.06.07)Dana Group Orthoserpierite Ca(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O) P ca21 mm2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 07.DD.30 07 - SULFATES (SELENATES, TELLURATES)
  07.D - Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, with H2O
  07.DD -With only medium-sized cations; sheets of edge-sharing octahedra
07.DD.30 Campigliaite Cu4Mn(SO4)2(OH)6•4(H2O) C 2 2
07.DD.30 Devilline CaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O) P 21/c 2/m
07.DD.30 Orthoserpierite Ca(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O) P ca21 mm2
07.DD.30 Niedermayrite! Cu4Cd(SO4)2(OH)6•4(H2O) P 21/m 2/m
07.DD.30 Serpierite Ca(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6•3(H2O) C 2/c 2/m

Other Orthoserpierite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.72,p1026,1987;Dana8) OPTIC PROP.(Dana8)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Orthoserpierite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - Franklin Minerals(Dunn)
6 - GeoScienceWorld
7 - Google Images
8 - Google Scholar
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
11 - MinDAT
12 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
13 - Online Mineral Museum
14 - QUT Mineral Atlas
15 - Ruff.Info

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