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General Whewellite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Ca(C2O4)•(H2O)
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 146.11 gm
   Calcium   27.43 %  Ca   38.38 % CaO
   Hydrogen   1.38 %  H    12.33 % H2O
   Carbon    16.44 %  C    49.29 % C2O3
   Oxygen    54.75 %  O
            ______        ______ 
            100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: CaC2O4•(H2O)
Help on Environment: Environment: The mineral is deposited from low temperature hydrothermal solutions which have come into contact with carboniferous lithologies, releasing methane, such as in graphitic schists or, primarily, from areas surrounding coa
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1852
Help on Locality: Locality: The classic locality occurs in the anthracite deposits of the Doehlener Basin of Freital and Burgk, where clear crystals of up to 2 cm, mostly twinned, are found in association with ca Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after the British mineralogist, crystallographer and natural philosopher William Whewell (1794-1866), professor of mineralogy at Cambridge.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Whewellite + Pronunciation Say WHEWELLITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: Calcium Oxalate
  ICSD 30782
  PDF 20-231

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Comments: Colorless, twinned crystal of Whewellite.
Location: Burgk, near Dresden, Saxony, Germany. Scale: Crystal size 7 mm.
© Thomas Witzke / Abraxas-Verlag

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Comments: White crystal of whewellite, perched on a spray of brown calcite crystals.
Location: Shaft 21, Schlema, Hartenstein, Germany. Scale: 7 x 6 x 4 cm.
© Rob Lavinsky

Whewellite Crystallography

Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.65(1), 5.93(1), 2.968(0.8),
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Forms: ( 0 1 4) ( 0 1 0) ( 1 2 0) ( 1 1 0) ( 1 0 0) ( 0 0 1)

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Physical Properties of Whewellite

Help on Color: Color: Brownish, Colorless, Gray, Yellow, Yellow brown.

Optical Properties of Whewellite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -1.077 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -1.041 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.25,KPDmeas= 0.2545,KC= 0.1225
Ncalc = 1.27 - 1.28

Calculated Properties of Whewellite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=2.29 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Whewellite =2.26 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.0024436466
Boson Index = 0.9975563534
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEWhewellite = 3.53 barns/electron
U=PEWhewellite x rElectron Density= 8.08 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Whewellite is Not Radioactive

Whewellite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (50)Salts of Organic Acids
  (50.01.01)Dana Group Whewellite Ca(C2O4)•(H2O) P 21/c 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 10.AB.45 10 - ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
  10.A - Salts of Organic Acids
  10.AB -Oxalates
10.AB.45 Whewellite Ca(C2O4)•(H2O) P 21/c 2/m

Other Whewellite Information

Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Whewellite :
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 - Google Images
8 - Google Scholar
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
11 - MinDAT
12 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
13 - Online Mineral Museum
14 - QUT Mineral Atlas
15 - Ruff.Info

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