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Abelsonite

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Philip Hauge Abelson
Formula:
Ni(C31H32N4)
System:
Triclinic
Colour:
Pink-purple, dark ...
Lustre:
Adamantine, Sub-Metallic
Hardness:
2 - 3
Name:
For US physicist Philip Hauge Abelson (1913-2004). He was co-discoverer of element 93 (neptunium), editor of the periodical Science (1962-1984), and director of the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Geophysical Laboratory (1953-1971).
Chemically a nickel porphyrine derivative.

Classification of Abelsonite

Approved 1975
10.C0.A.20
10.CA.20

10 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
C : Miscellaneous Organic Minerals
A : Miscellaneous Organic Minerals
Dana 7th ed.:
50.4.9.1
50.4.9.1

50 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
4 : Miscellaneous
32.15

32 :
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Type Occurrence of Abelsonite

General Appearance of Type Material:
Aggregates of platy crystals
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Smithsonian
Year of Discovery:
1975
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Mahogany Zone oil shale

Occurrences of Abelsonite

Geological Setting:
Small aggregates, to 1 cm, of thin laths or
plates. Of secondary origin on fracture surfaces in oil shale.

Physical Properties of Abelsonite

Adamantine, Sub-Metallic
Colour:
Pink-purple, dark greyish purple, pale purplish red, reddish brown.
Streak:
pink
Hardness (Mohs):
2 - 3
Cleavage:
Poor/Indistinct
Probable on {111}.
Density:
1.33 - 1.48 g/cm3 (Measured)    1.45 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Abelsonite

Crystal System:
Triclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.44Å, b = 11.12Å, c = 7.28Å
α = 90.88°, β = 113.75°, γ = 79.57°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.759 : 1 : 0.655

Chemical Properties of Abelsonite

Formula:
Ni(C31H32N4)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Abelsonite to other Species

10.CA.05RefikiteC20H32O2
10.CA.10FlagstaffiteC10H22O3
10.CA.15HoeliteC14H8O2
10.CA.25KladnoiteC6H4(CO)2NH
10.CA.30GuanineC5H5N5O
10.CA.30TinnunculiteC10H12N8O8
10.CA.35UreaCO(NH2)2
10.CA.40UriciteC5H4N4O3
32.1EvenkiteC21H44
32.2 Fitchtelite
32.3SimonelliteC19H24
32.4KratochvíliteC13H10
32.5IdrialiteC22H14
32.6CarpathiteC24H12
32.7RefikiteC20H32O2
32.8FlagstaffiteC10H22O3
32.9HoeliteC14H8O2
32.10KladnoiteC6H4(CO)2NH
32.11AcetamideCH3CONH2
32.12GuanineC5H5N5O
32.13UreaCO(NH2)2
32.14UriciteC5H4N4O3

Other Names for Abelsonite

Name in Other Languages:
Czech:Abelsonit
French:Abelsonite
German:Abelsonit
Italian:Abelsonite
Latvian:Ābelsonīts
Portuguese:Abelsonita
Spanish:Abelsonita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Abelsonite

Reference List:
Am.Min. (1978) 63, 930-937.

Science: 223: 1075-1076.

Internet Links for Abelsonite

Localities for Abelsonite

(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
USA
 
  • Utah
    • Uintah Co.
      • Green River formation
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
Am Min 63: 9-10 pp 930-937
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