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Moolooite

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Formula:
Cu(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 0.4H
 
2
O
System:Orthorhombic
Name:Named after the type locality (Mooloo Downs Station, Australia).
This page provides mineralogical data about Moolooite.

Classification of Moolooite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:9/A.01-90
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:10.AB.15

10 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
A : Salts of organic acids
B : Oxalates
Dana 8th edition ID:50.1.6.1

50 : ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
1 : Oxalates
Hey's CIM Ref.:31.1.2

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

Type Locality:Mooloo Downs Station, Yinnietharra (Yinnietharra Station; Yinnetharra), Upper Gascoyne Shire, Western Australia, Australia
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
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.380

Chart 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(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 0.4H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu(C2O4)·0.4H2O
Idealised Formula:
Cu(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
Essential elements:C, Cu, H, O
All elements listed in formula:C, Cu, H, O

Relationship of Moolooite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
10.AB.05Humboldtine
Fe
2+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
10.AB.05Lindbergite
Mn
2+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
10.AB.10Glushinskite
Mg(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
10.AB.20Stepanovite
NaMgFe
3+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 8-9H
 
2
O
10.AB.25Minguzzite
K
 
3
Fe
3+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 3H
 
2
O
10.AB.30Wheatleyite
Na
 
2
Cu(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
10.AB.35Zhemchuzhnikovite
NaMg(Fe
3+
 
,Al)(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 8H
 
2
O
10.AB.40Weddellite
Ca(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
10.AB.45Whewellite
Ca(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
10.AB.50Caoxite
Ca(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 3H
 
2
O
10.AB.55Oxammite
(NH
 
4
)
 
2
(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
10.AB.60Natroxalate
Na
 
2
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
10.AB.65Coskrenite-(Ce)
(Ce,Nd,La)
 
2
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)(SO
 
4
)
 
2
· 12H
 
2
O
10.AB.70Levinsonite-(Y)
(Y,Nd,La)Al(C
 
2
O
 
4
)(SO
 
4
)
 
2
· 12H
 
2
O
10.AB.75Zugshunstite-(Ce)
(Ce,Nd,La)Al(C
 
2
O
 
4
)(SO
 
4
)
 
2
· 12H
 
2
O
10.AB.80Novgorodovaite
Ca
 
2
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)Cl
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
31.1.1Oxammite
(NH
 
4
)
 
2
(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
31.1.3Wheatleyite
Na
 
2
Cu(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
31.1.4Glushinskite
Mg(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
31.1.5Whewellite
Ca(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
31.1.6Weddellite
Ca(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
31.1.7Humboldtine
Fe
2+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
31.1.8Stepanovite
NaMgFe
3+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 8-9H
 
2
O
31.1.9Zhemchuzhnikovite
NaMg(Fe
3+
 
,Al)(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 8H
 
2
O
31.1.10Minguzzite
K
 
3
Fe
3+
 
(C
 
2
O
 
4
)
 
3
· 3H
 
2
O

Other Names for Moolooite

Synonyms:
IMA1980-082
Other Languages:
German:Moolooit
Spanish:Moolooita

Other Information

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 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.

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  • Localities for Moolooite

    The 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. ? 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
     
    • Western Australia
      • Upper Gascoyne Shire
        • Yinnietharra (Yinnietharra Station; Yinnetharra)
    MM 1987, 295-8
    France
     
    • Alsace
      • Haut-Rhin
    Wittern, Journée: "Mineralien finden in den Vogesen", von Loga (Cologne), 1997
    • Limousin
      • Haute-Vienne
        • Nantiat
          • Vaulry
    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
          • Baceno
            • Devero Alp (Devero Valley; Val Devero)
    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.
    http://www.excaliburmineral.com/mink-n.htm
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