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Sphalerite Mineral Data

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General Sphalerite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (Zn,Fe)S
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 96.98 gm
   Zinc    64.06 %  Zn
   Iron     2.88 %  Fe
   Sulfur  33.06 %  S
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Zn0.95Fe2+0.05S
Help on Environment: Environment: In sulfide ore veins in all rock classes.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1847
Help on Locality: Locality: Notable localities are Santander, Spain and Joplin, Kansas. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: From the Greek sphaleros - "misleading."
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Sphalerite + Pronunciation Say SPHALERITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Black Jack
  False Galena
  ICSD 60378
  Mock Lead Ore
  M�traite - densely twinned
  PDF 5-566
  Zinc Blende