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General Sorosite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu(Sn,Sb)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 183.02 gm
   Copper    34.72 %  Cu
   Tin       48.65 %  Sn
   Antimony  16.63 %  Sb
            ______ 
            100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CuSn0.75Sb0.25
Help on Environment: Environment: Gold and PGM placer deposits derived from sulfide-poor Alaskan-type intrusions (Clinopyroxinite-gabbro intrusions).
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1998 (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: The Baimka gold placer deposit, western Chukotka, Russian far east near the River Dolshoy Anyuy area, near Baimka River. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after George Soros (1930-), well-known American financier, in recognition of his important support to science.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Sorosite Say SOROSITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 56274
  IMA1994-047
  PDF 51-1536
 

Sorosite Image

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  Sorosite   Tin   Stistaite

Comments: Back-scattered electron image of large sorosite crystal (So=partly skeletal) adjacent to stistaite (St). Tn=native tin. Note abundant microcrystals of sorosite isolated within native tin. (AmMin 83:903).
Location: Baimka gold-platinum group mineral placer deposit, Chukotka, Russian Far East. Scale: Image Size 1.5 cm.
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Sorosite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.21413
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 4.217, c = 5.12, Z = 2; V = 78.85 Den(Calc)= 7.71
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Hexagonal - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (6/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 63/mmc
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.97(1), 2.094(0.9), 2.112(0.8),
 

Physical Properties of Sorosite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Pinkish tin white.
Help on Density: Density: 7.6 - 7.9, Average = 7.75
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Disseminated - Occurs in small, distinct particles dispersed in matrix.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5-5.5 - Apatite-Knife Blade
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
 

Optical Properties of Sorosite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Distinct to moderate, from brownish gray to bluish gray.
Help on RL Bireflectance: RL Bireflectance: Not observed in air, weakly to distinctly in oil.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: White with occasional pinkish tint at high magnifications.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Sorosite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   68.50   68.90 
   
 420 nm   69.30   70.00 
 440 nm   71.80   72.50 
 460 nm   73.70   74.10 
 480 nm   74.90   74.90 
 500 nm   75.70   75.90 
 520 nm   76.40   76.40 
 540 nm   76.80   77.10 
 560 nm   77.30   77.30 
 580 nm   77.80   78.00 
 600 nm   77.80   78.10 
 620 nm   78.10   78.70 
 640 nm   78.00   78.60 
 660 nm   78.00   78.60 
 680 nm   77.90   78.80 
 700 nm   77.90   78.90 
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Sorosite in Oil
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   57.40   58.10 
   
 420 nm   59.50   59.90 
 440 nm   61.20   62.40 
 460 nm   62.20   63.90 
 480 nm   62.40   64.70 
 500 nm   62.80   65.40 
 520 nm   63.30   65.90 
 540 nm   64.00   66.40 
 560 nm   64.10   66.60 
 580 nm   65.00   67.20 
 600 nm   65.30   67.60 
 620 nm   66.00   68.00 
 640 nm   65.80   68.10 
 660 nm   66.10   68.20 
 680 nm   66.30   68.20 
 700 nm   66.80   68.60 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Sorosite in Air
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Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Sorosite in Oil
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Calculated Properties of Sorosite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.68 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Sorosite =7.71 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.08
Boson Index = 0.92
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PESorosite = 227.90 barns/electron
U=PESorosite x rElectron Density=1,521.74 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Sorosite is Not Radioactive
 

Sorosite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.08.11.12 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.11)Nickeline Group (Hexagonal: P63/mmc)
 
02.08.11.01 Nickeline NiAs P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.02 Breithauptite NiSb P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.03 Sederholmite NiSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.04 Hexatestibiopanickelite (Ni,Pd)(Te,Sb) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.05 Sudburyite (Pd,Ni)Sb P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.06 Kotulskite Pd(Te,Bi) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.07 Sobolevskite PdBi P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.08 Stumpflite Pt(Sb,Bi) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.09 Langisite (Co,Ni)As P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.10 Freboldite CoSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.11 Achavalite! FeSe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.12 Sorosite! Cu(Sn,Sb) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.08.11.13 Vavrinite! Ni2SbTe2 P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 01.AC.15 01 - ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
  01.A - Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
  01.AC -Indium-tin family
 
01.AC.15 Sorosite! Cu(Sn,Sb) P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
01.AC.15 Yuanjiangite AuSn P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 

Other Sorosite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AmMin) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.83,p901-906,1998) OPTIC PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.83,p904)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Sorosite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
7 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
8 - MinDAT
9 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
10 - Online Mineral Museum
11 - QUT Mineral Atlas
12 - Ruff.Info

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Cu(Sn,Sb)
Dana No: 02.08.11.12 Strunz No: 01.AC.15
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