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Tincalconite Mineral Data

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General Tincalconite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Na6[B4O5(OH)4]3•8(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 855.86 gm
   Sodium    16.12 %  Na   21.73 % Na2O
   Boron     15.16 %  B    48.81 % B2O3
   Hydrogen   3.30 %  H    29.47 % H2O
   Oxygen    65.43 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Na6B12O15(OH)12•8(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: Dehydration of borax or other Na borates.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1878
Help on Locality: Locality: Searles Lake, San Bernardino Co., California. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for tincal (borax) and konos "powder" in allusion to the minerals composition and appearance.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Tincalconite + Pronunciation Say TINCALCONITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 66529
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Comments: Pristine white tincalconite pseudomorph after a single borax crystal.
Location: Boron, Kramer District, Kern Co., California, USA. Scale: 30x14x5 mm.
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Tincalconite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.90364
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 11.1402, c = 21.207, Z = 3; V = 2,279.27 Den(Calc)= 1.87
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Trigonal - Trapezohedral H-M Symbol (3 2) Space Group: R 32
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.92(1), 4.38(0.9), 3.44(0.55),

Physical Properties of Tincalconite

Help on Color: Color: White.
Help on Density: Density: 1.88
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Cryptocrystalline - Occurs as crystals too small to distinguish with the naked eye.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2 - Gypsum
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Fluorescent, Short UV=white, Long UV=white.
Help on Luster: Luster: Earthy (Dull)
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: white

Optical Properties of Tincalconite

Help on Dichroism (w): Dichroism (w): none.
Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.004 (Superior) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.009 (Superior) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.2487,KPDmeas= 0.2473,KC= 0.2464
Ncalc = 1.46
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Uniaxial (+), w=1.46, e=1.47, bire=0.0100.

Calculated Properties of Tincalconite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=1.91 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Tincalconite =1.88 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.03
Boson Index = 0.97
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PETincalconite = 0.51 barns/electron
U=PETincalconite x rElectron Density= 0.98 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Tincalconite is Not Radioactive

Tincalconite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (26)Hydrated Borates Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
  (26.04)Dana Type
  (26.04.02)Dana Group Tincalconite Na6[B4O5(OH)4]3•8(H2O) R 32 3 2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 06.DA.15 06 - BORATES
  06.D - Tetraborates
  06.DA -Neso-tetraborates
06.DA.15 Tincalconite Na6[B4O5(OH)4]3•8(H2O) R 32 3 2

Other Tincalconite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( MinRec) PHYS. PROP.(Collectors Book of Fluorescent Minerals) OPTIC PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Tincalconite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
3 - Athena
4 - EUROmin Project
5 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
6 - GeoScienceWorld
7 - Glendale Community College
8 - Google Images
9 - Google Scholar
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
11 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
12 - MinDAT
13 - Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
14 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
15 - Online Mineral Museum
16 - QUT Mineral Atlas
17 - Ruff.Info

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