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Samsonite Mineral Data

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General Samsonite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ag4MnSb2S6
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 922.31 gm
   Manganese   5.96 %  Mn
   Silver     46.78 %  Ag
   Antimony   26.40 %  Sb
   Sulfur     20.86 %  S
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Ag4Mn3+Sb2S6
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1910
Help on Locality: Locality: Samson Vein of Andreasberg silver mines, Harz Mountains, Germany. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after its location.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Samsonite + Pronunciation Say SAMSONITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 38360
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Comments: Black, prismatic crystal of samsonite in matrix.
Location: St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany. Scale: Not Given.
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Samsonite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =1.2782:1:0.8211
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.29, b = 8.05, c = 6.61, Z = 2; beta = 92.79° V = 546.89 Den(Calc)= 5.60
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Monoclinic - Prismatic H-M Symbol (2/m) Space Group: P 2/n
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.2(1), 3.01(0.9), 2.59(0.6),
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Forms: ( 2 1 0) ( 1 0 3) ( 1 2 0) ( 1 0 1) ( 1 1 0) ( 1 0 1)

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Physical Properties of Samsonite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Black, Steel black.
Help on Density: Density: 5.51
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Subtranslucent to Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Conchoidal - Very brittle fracture producing small, conchoidal fragments.
Help on Habit: Habit: Prismatic - Crystals Shaped like Slender Prisms (e.g. tourmaline).
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2.5 - Finger Nail
Help on Luster: Luster: Sub Metallic
Help on Streak: Streak: dark red

Calculated Properties of Samsonite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.99 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Samsonite =5.60 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0015645227
Boson Index = 0.9984354773
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PESamsonite = 209.61 barns/electron
U=PESamsonite x rElectron Density=1,046.15 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Samsonite is Not Radioactive

Samsonite 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
  (03.04.12)Dana Group Samsonite Ag4MnSb2S6 P 2/n 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.GA.15 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.15 Samsonite Ag4MnSb2S6 P 2/n 2/m

Other Samsonite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Ford32) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Samsonite :
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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Dana No: Strunz No: 02.GA.15