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|System:||Trigonal||Hardness:||1 - 1½|
|Name:||After the type locality - the Melones Mine, Calaveras County, California.|
Classification of Melonite
|IMA status:||Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"|
|Strunz 8th edition ID:||2/D.28-30|
|Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:||2.EA.20|
2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
E : Metal Sulfides, M: S <= 1:2
A : M:S = 1:2 - With Cu, Ag, Au
|Dana 8th edition ID:||188.8.131.52|
2 : SULFIDES
12 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
|Hey's CIM Ref.:||3.11.22|
3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
11 : Sulphides etc. of Ni
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Type Occurrence of Melonite
|Type Locality:||Stanislaus Mine, Carson Hill, Carson Hill District, Mother Lode Belt, Calaveras Co., California, USA|
|Year of Discovery:||1868|
Physical Properties of Melonite
|Hardness (Mohs):||1 - 1½|
Crystallography of Melonite
|Cell Parameters:||a = 3.84Å, c = 5.26Å|
|Ratio:||a:c = 1 : 1.37|
|Unit Cell Volume:||V 67.17 Å³ (Calculated from Unit Cell)|
Chemical Properties of Melonite
|Essential elements:||Ni, Te|
|All elements listed in formula:||Ni, Te|
Relationship of Melonite to other Species
|Series:||Forms a series with Merenskyite (see here)|
|Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):|
|Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:|
Other Names for Melonite
|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
References for Melonite
Genth (1868) American Journal of Science: 45: 313.
Hillebrand, William Francis (1899), Mineralogical notes: melonite (?), coloradoite, petzite, hessite American Journal of Science, 4th. series: 8: 295-298.
Ramdohr (1937) Zbl. Min.: A: 193.
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 341.
Canadian Mineralogist (1969): 9: 626.
Internet Links for Melonite
|Specimens:||The following Melonite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.|
Localities for Melonite
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(TL) indicates type locality. ? 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.
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