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Spertiniite Mineral Data

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General Spertiniite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu(OH)2
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 97.56 gm
   Copper    65.13 %  Cu   81.53 % CuO
   Hydrogen   2.07 %  H    18.47 % H2O
   Oxygen    32.80 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu(OH)2
Help on Environment: Environment: Alteration from chalcocite in alkaline groundwater, in a rodingite dike near the contact with a serpentinized dunite.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1981
Help on Locality: Locality: Jeffrey mine, Canada Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Francesco Spertini (1937- ), Chief Geologist, Jeffrey mine, Asbestos, Canada, who submitted the first sample.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Spertiniite + Pronunciation Say SPERTINIITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 68459
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Comments: Sparse blue spertiniite on serpentinite rock.
Location: Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Spertiniite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:b:c =0.2786:1:0.4963
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 2.951, b = 10.592, c = 5.257, Z = 4; V = 164.32 Den(Calc)= 3.94
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Orthorhombic - Pyramidal H-M Symbol (mm2) Space Group: C mc21
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.63(1), 3.73(0.9), 5.29(0.8),

Physical Properties of Spertiniite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Blue, Blue green.
Help on Density: Density: 3.93
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Transparent
Help on Luster: Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)

Optical Properties of Spertiniite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= 0.09 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= 0.093 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1827,KPDmeas= 0.1832,KC= 0.2014
Ncalc = 1.79
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Biaxial (?), a=1.72

Calculated Properties of Spertiniite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.79 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Spertiniite =3.93 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.000160534
Boson Index = 0.999839466
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PESpertiniite = 28.52 barns/electron
U=PESpertiniite x rElectron Density= 108.00 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Spertiniite is Not Radioactive

Spertiniite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (06)Hydroxides and Oxides Containing Hydroxyl
  (06.02)where X++ (OH)2
  (06.02.04)Dana Group Spertiniite Cu(OH)2 C mc21 mm2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 04.FD.05 04 - OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodate
  04.F - Hydroxides (without V or U)
  04.FD -Hydroxides with OH, without H2O; chains of edge-sharing octahedra
04.FD.05 Spertiniite Cu(OH)2 C mc21 mm2

Other Spertiniite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic3) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Spertiniite :
1 - Alkali-Nuts(English)
2 - Alkali-Nuts(Francais)
3 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
4 - Athena
5 - EUROmin Project
6 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
7 - GeoScienceWorld
8 - Google Images
9 - Google Scholar
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
11 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
12 - MinDAT
13 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
14 - Online Mineral Museum
15 - QUT Mineral Atlas
16 - Ruff.Info

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