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General Weissite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu1.9Te
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 248.34 gm
   Copper     48.62 %  Cu
   Tellurium  51.38 %  Te
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu1.9Te
Help on Environment: Environment: Telluride ore deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1927
Help on Locality: Locality: Good Hope and Mammoth Chimney Mines at Vulcan, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Louis Weiss, owner of the Good Hope mine and discoverer of rickardite.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Weissite Say WEISSITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 42158
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Comments: Metallic, irregular masses of weissite in quartz, with green malachite.
Location: Winston, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA. Scale: Picture Size 2.5 mm.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Weissite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:2.57234
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 8.432, c = 21.69, Z = 24; V = 1,335.52 Den(Calc)= 7.41
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Hexagonal - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (6/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 6/mmm
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.09(1), 2.01(0.7), 3.61(0.7),

Physical Properties of Weissite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Bluish black, Dark blue black, Black.
Help on Density: Density: 6
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Uneven - Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Uniformly indistinguishable crystals forming large masses.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3 - Calcite
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: black

Optical Properties of Weissite

Help on RL Anisotrophism: RL Anisotrophism: Distinct.
Help on RL Pleochroism: RL Pleochroism: Distinct.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Weissite in Air
λ R1 R2  ∑ R1(λ)   ∑ R2(λ) 
 400 nm   40.30   41.60 
 420 nm   39.80   41.30 
 440 nm   38.90   40.60 
 460 nm   37.90   39.60 
 480 nm   36.90   38.40 
 500 nm   35.90   37.10 
 520 nm   34.80   35.90 
 540 nm   33.70   34.90 
 560 nm   32.60   34.00 
 580 nm   31.50   33.10 
 600 nm   30.50   32.50 
 620 nm   29.60   32.00 
 640 nm   28.90   31.60 
 660 nm   28.10   31.20 
 680 nm   27.30   30.80 
 700 nm   26.40   30.20 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Weissite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Weissite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.39 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Weissite =7.41 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.04
Boson Index = 0.96
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEWeissite = 206.37 barns/electron
U=PEWeissite x rElectron Density=1,318.97 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Weissite is Not Radioactive

Weissite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.04)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=2:1
  (02.04.08)Dana Group Weissite Cu1.9Te P 6/mmm 6/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.BA.20b 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.B - Metal Sulfides, M:S > 1:1 (mainly 2:1)
  02.BA -With Cu, Ag, Au
02.BA.20b Weissite Cu1.9Te P 6/mmm 6/m 2/m 2/m

Other Weissite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Ford32) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Weissite :
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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