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Serpierite Mineral Data

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General Serpierite 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 found in altered smelter slags and oxidized sulfide veins. Dimorphous with orthoserpierite.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1881
Help on Locality: Locality: Lavrion (Laurium), Attika peninsula, Greece. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Giovanni Battista Serpieri (1832-1897), Italian mining entrpreneur, founder of the Montecatini Co., and developer of the Laurium mines.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Serpierite + Pronunciation Say SERPIERITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 36087
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