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Vysotskite Mineral Data

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General Vysotskite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (Pd,Ni)S
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 126.55 gm
   Nickel     11.59 %  Ni
   Palladium  63.07 %  Pd
   Sulfur     25.34 %  S
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Pd0.75Ni0.25S
Help on Environment: Environment: In andesine diabases and in ultramafic layered intrusives. As disseminations that probably are crystallized products, at magmatic temperatures, of a residual immiscible sulfide melt .
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1962
Help on Locality: Locality: Noril'sk region, Noyask, western Siberia, Russia. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for N. K. Vysotskii, Soviet geologist, who first found platinum at Noril'sk, Russia.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Vysotskite + Pronunciation Say VYSOTSKITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 26766
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Vysotskite Image

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  Osmium   Cooperite   Vasilite   Vysotskite

Comments: BSE image taken with a SEM of the sulfide-dominant microparagenesis filling a gas vacuole. Cooperite crystal surrounded by Pd-Cu-Pt-S phase (vasilite?), vysotskite and osmium laths (white) in chalcopyrite-bornite matrix (dark). (CanMin 38:1258).
Location: Pustaya River placer deposit, situated within the Koryak-Kamchatka platinum-bearing belt of Alaskan-type intrusions in eastern Russia. Scale: See Image.
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  Laflammeite   Vysotskite

Comments: SEM image showing intergrowths of laflammeite (LF) with complexly zoned vysotskite (VS). The surrounding material is epoxy (black). (CanMin, v40:671).
Location: Kirakkajuppura PGE deposit, Penikat layered complex, Finland. Scale: See Image.
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Vysotskite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.02652
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 6.371, c = 6.54, Z = 5; V = 265.46 Den(Calc)= 3.96
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m) Space Group: P 41/m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.86(1), 2.91(1), 2.61(0.8),

Physical Properties of Vysotskite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Silver gray.
Help on Density: Density: 6.69
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Habit: Habit: Irregular Grains - Occurs as splotchy, anhedral crystals forming inclusions in other minerals or rocks.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 1.5 - Between Talc and Gypsum
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Vysotskite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Weak to moderate, dark brown to dark blue-gray.
Help on RL Color: RL Color: Creamy white.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Vysotskite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   41.20   42.00 
 420 nm   42.20   43.00 
 440 nm   43.00   43.90 
 460 nm   43.70   44.50 
 480 nm   44.20   45.00 
 500 nm   44.50   45.40 
 520 nm   44.90   45.60 
 540 nm   45.10   45.80 
 560 nm   45.40   46.10 
 580 nm   45.60   46.30 
 600 nm   45.80   46.50 
 620 nm   46.00   46.60 
 640 nm   46.00   46.60 
 660 nm   46.00   46.50 
 680 nm   45.70   46.30 
 700 nm   45.40   46.20 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Vysotskite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Vysotskite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.60 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Vysotskite =3.96 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.14
Boson Index = 0.86
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEVysotskite = 151.65 barns/electron
U=PEVysotskite x rElectron Density= 545.73 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Vysotskite is Not Radioactive

Vysotskite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.05)Cooperite Group Cooperite (Pt,Pd,Ni)S P 41/mmc 4/m 2/m 2/m Vysotskite (Pd,Ni)S P 41/m 4/m Braggite (Pt,Pd,Ni)S P 41/m 4/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CC.35a 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CC -With Ni, Fe, Co, PGE, etc.
02.CC.35a Braggite (Pt,Pd,Ni)S P 41/m 4/m
02.CC.35a Cooperite (Pt,Pd,Ni)S P 41/mmc 4/m 2/m 2/m
02.CC.35a Vysotskite (Pd,Ni)S P 41/m 4/m

Other Vysotskite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic1) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Vysotskite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - MinDAT
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - QUT Mineral Atlas
14 - Ruff.Info

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