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Moolooite

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Formula:
Cu(C2O4) · 0.4H2O
System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after the type locality (Mooloo Downs Station, Australia).
This page provides mineralogical data about Moolooite.

Classification of Moolooite

Approved
10.AB.15

10 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
A : Salts of organic acids
B : Oxalates
50.1.6.1

50 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
1 : Oxalates
31.1.2

31 : Oxalates, Citrates, Mellitates and Acetates
1 : Oxalates
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Type Occurrence of Moolooite

Year of Discovery:
1986

Crystallography of Moolooite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.4Å, b = 5.57Å, c = 2.54Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.969 : 1 : 0.456
Unit Cell Volume:
V 76.40 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Moolooite

Type:
Biaxial
RI values:
nα = 1.570 nγ = 1.950
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.380
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
r > v

Chemical Properties of Moolooite

Formula:
Cu(C2O4) · 0.4H2O
Idealised Formula:
Cu(C2O4)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Moolooite to other Species

10.AB.05HumboldtineFe2+(C2O4) · 2H2O
10.AB.05LindbergiteMn2+(C2O4) · 2H2O
10.AB.10GlushinskiteMg(C2O4) · 2H2O
10.AB.20StepanoviteNaMgFe3+(C2O4)3 · 8-9H2O
10.AB.25MinguzziteK3Fe3+(C2O4)3 · 3H2O
10.AB.30WheatleyiteNa2Cu(C2O4)2 · 2H2O
10.AB.35ZhemchuzhnikoviteNaMg(Fe3+,Al)(C2O4)3 · 8H2O
10.AB.40WeddelliteCa(C2O4) · 2H2O
10.AB.45WhewelliteCa(C2O4) · H2O
10.AB.50CaoxiteCa(C2O4) · 3H2O
10.AB.55Oxammite(NH4)2(C2O4) · H2O
10.AB.60NatroxalateNa2(C2O4)
10.AB.65Coskrenite-(Ce)(Ce,Nd,La)2(C2O4)(SO4)2 · 12H2O
10.AB.70Levinsonite-(Y)(Y,Nd,La)Al(C2O4)(SO4)2 · 12H2O
10.AB.75Zugshunstite-(Ce)(Ce,Nd,La)Al(C2O4)(SO4)2 · 12H2O
10.AB.80NovgorodovaiteCa2(C2O4)Cl2 · 2H2O
31.1.1Oxammite(NH4)2(C2O4) · H2O
31.1.3WheatleyiteNa2Cu(C2O4)2 · 2H2O
31.1.4GlushinskiteMg(C2O4) · 2H2O
31.1.5WhewelliteCa(C2O4) · H2O
31.1.6WeddelliteCa(C2O4) · 2H2O
31.1.7HumboldtineFe2+(C2O4) · 2H2O
31.1.8StepanoviteNaMgFe3+(C2O4)3 · 8-9H2O
31.1.9ZhemchuzhnikoviteNaMg(Fe3+,Al)(C2O4)3 · 8H2O
31.1.10MinguzziteK3Fe3+(C2O4)3 · 3H2O

Other Names for Moolooite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Moolooit
Spanish:Moolooita

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 Moolooite

Reference List:
Schmittler, H. (1968): Structural principle of disordered copper(II) oxalate (CuC2O4.nH2O). Monatsber. Deut. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 10, 581-604. (in German.)

Gleizes, A., Maury, F. & Galy, J. (1980): Crystal structure and magnetism of sodium bis(oxalato)cuprate(II)dihydrate, Na2Cu(C2O4)2.2H2O. A deductive proposal for the structure of copper oxalate, CuC2O4.xH2O (O <= x <= 1). Inorg. Chem. 19, 2074-2078.

Clarke, R. M. & Williams, I. R. (1986): Moolooite, a naturally occurring hydrated copper oxalate from western Australia. Mineralogical Magazine 50, 295-298.

American Mineralogist (1987): 72: 1025-1026.

Internet Links for Moolooite

Localities for Moolooite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(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.
Australia (TL)
 
  • Western Australia
    • Upper Gascoyne Shire
MM 1987, 295-8
France
 
  • Alsace
    • Haut-Rhin
Wittern, Journée: "Mineralien finden in den Vogesen", von Loga (Cologne), 1997
  • Limousin
    • Haute-Vienne
      • Nantiat
        • Vaulry
          • Vaulry Mines
Patrice Queneau Collection
Germany
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
U. Kolitsch, J. Gröbner, F. Brandstätter and R. Bayerl (2010): Neufunde aus der Grube Clara im mittleren Schwarzwald (IV): Calcioandyrobertsit, Cotunnit, Gerhardtit, Khaidarkanit, Lukrahnit, Mckinstryit, Moolooit, Rhabdophan-(La), Rouait und Uricit. Lapis 35 (9), 22-27; 62 (in German).
  • Thuringia
    • Harz
      • Stempeda
Thomas Witzke collection; J. Gröbner & J. Wesiger (2008): Die Mineralien des Kupferschieferbergbaus an südlichen Harzrand bei Ilfeld in Thüringen. Mineralien-Welt 19 (2), 18-28.
Italy
 
  • Piedmont
    • Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province
      • Ossola Valley
        • Antigorio Valley
          • Devero Valley
            • Baceno
              • Devero Alp
Guastoni, A. (2009): Monte Cervandone. Recenti novità mineralogiche. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana 35, 38-48.
Kazakhstan
 
  • Kostanay Province (Qostanay Oblysy; Kostanai Oblast')
    • Rudny
Leon Hupperichs collection
Norway
 
  • Nord-Trøndelag
    • Røyrvik
Chisholm, J. E. Jones, G.C. Purvis & O.W. (1987): Hydrated copper oxalate, moolooite, in lichens. Mineralogical Magazine, 51, 715-718
Turkmenistan
 
  • Balkan Province
    • Cheleken Peninsula
Lebedev, L.M., Nikitina, J.B. (1983): The Cheleken ore forming system. Russ. Acad. Sci., Moscow (in Russian.) [cited in Hofmann & Bernasconi, 1989].
USA
 
  • Michigan
    • Keweenaw Co.
      • Ahmeek
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
  • Utah
    • Emery Co.
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