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Moschellandsbergite

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Formula:
Ag2Hg3
System:
Isometric
Colour:
white, tarnishes light ...
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
Name:
After the type locality
Intermetallic compound of silver and mercury.

Classification of Moschellandsbergite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
1.AD.15d

1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
A : Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
D : Mercury-amalgam family
Dana 7th ed.:
1.1.11.1
1.1.8.1

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
1.14

1 : Elements and Alloys (including the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au)
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Type Occurrence of Moschellandsbergite

Year of Discovery:
1938

Physical Properties of Moschellandsbergite

Metallic
Colour:
white, tarnishes light brownish grey
Streak:
silver
Hardness (Mohs):

Crystallography of Moschellandsbergite

Crystal System:
Isometric
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.04Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,012.05 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Crystallographic forms of Moschellandsbergite

Crystal Atlas:
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Optical Data of Moschellandsbergite

Type:
Isotropic

Chemical Properties of Moschellandsbergite

Formula:
Ag2Hg3
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Moschellandsbergite to other Species

1.AD.05MercuryHg
1.AD.10BelendorffiteCu7Hg6
1.AD.10KolymiteCu7Hg6
1.AD.15cEugeniteAg11Hg2
1.AD.15bLuanheiteAg3Hg
1.AD.15aParaschachneriteAg3Hg2
1.AD.15aSchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.AD.20aWeishanite(Au,Ag)3Hg2
1.AD.20bGoldamalgam (of Chen et al.)(Au,Ag)Hg
1.AD.25PotaritePdHg
1.AD.30LeadamalgamPb0.7Hg0.3
1.1CopperCu
1.2SilverAg
1.5GoldAu
1.6AuricuprideCu3Au
1.7Tetra-auricuprideAuCu
1.8ZincZn
1.9CadmiumCd
1.10DanbaiteCuZn2
1.11ZhanghengiteCuZn
1.12MercuryHg
1.13KolymiteCu7Hg6
1.15EugeniteAg11Hg2
1.16SchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.17ParaschachneriteAg3Hg2
1.18LuanheiteAg3Hg
1.19Weishanite(Au,Ag)3Hg2
1.20IndiumIn
1.21AluminiumAl
1.22Khatyrkite(Cu,Zn)Al2
1.23Cupalite(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24DiamondC
1.25GraphiteC
1.26ChaoiteC
1.27LonsdaleiteC
1.28SiliconSi
1.29TinSn
1.30LeadPb
1.31AnyuiiteAu(Pb,Sb)2
1.31NovodnepriteAuPb3
1.32LeadamalgamPb0.7Hg0.3
1.33ArsenicAs
1.34ArsenolampriteAs
1.35PaxiteCuAs2
1.36KoutekiteCu5As2
1.37DomeykiteCu3As
1.38Algodonite(Cu1-xAsx)
1.39NovákiteCu20AgAs10
1.40KutinaiteAg6Cu14As7
1.41AntimonySb
1.42StibarsenAsSb
1.43ParadocrasiteSb3As
1.44HorsforditeCu, Sb
1.45CuprostibiteCu2(Sb,Tl)
1.46Allargentum(Ag1-xSbx)
1.47AurostibiteAuSb2
1.48DyscrasiteAg3Sb
1.49BismuthBi
1.50MaldoniteAu2Bi
1.51SulphurS8
1.52RosickýiteS
1.53SeleniumSe
1.54TelluriumTe
1.55ChromiumCr
1.56RheniumRe
1.57IronFe
1.58ChromferideFe3Cr1-x (x=0.6)
1.59FerchromideCr3Fe1-x
1.60WairauiteCoFe
1.61NickelNi
1.62Kamacite(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite(Fe,Ni)
1.64TetrataeniteFeNi
1.65AwaruiteNi3Fe
1.66Palladium(Pd,Pt)
1.67PotaritePdHg
1.68PaolovitePd2Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite(Pd,Cu)3Sn2
1.70CabriitePd2CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I(Pd,Cu,Pt)3Sn
1.72Atokite(Pd,Pt)3Sn
1.73Rustenburgite(Pt,Pd)3Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite(Pd,Pt,Au)3(Pb,Sn)
1.75PlumbopalladinitePd3Pb2
1.76Osmium(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82PlatinumPt
1.83HongshiitePtCu
1.84NiggliitePtSn
1.85IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
1.86TetraferroplatinumPtFe
1.87TulameenitePt2CuFe
1.88FerronickelplatinumPt2FeNi
1.89Rhodium(Rh,Pt)
1.1.11.2SchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.1.11.3ParaschachneriteAg3Hg2
1.1.11.4LuanheiteAg3Hg
1.1.11.5EugeniteAg11Hg2

Other Names for Moschellandsbergite

Name in Other Languages:
French:Argental
Simplified Chinese:银汞矿
Traditional Chinese:銀汞礦

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 Moschellandsbergite

Reference List:
Berman, H., Harcourt, G. A. (1938): Natural amalgams. American Mineralogist 23, 761-764.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Seventh edition, Volume I: 103-104.

Berry, L.G. and R.M. Thompson (1962), X-ray powder data for the ore minerals: Geological Society of America Mem. 85: 16-17.

Fairhurst, C.W. and J.B. Cohen (1972), The crystal structure of two compounds found in dental amalgam: Ag2Hg3 and Ag3Sn: Acta Crystallographica: 28: 371-378.

Cipriani, C., G.P. Bernardini, M. Corazza, G. Mazzetti, and V. Moggi (1993), Reinvestigation of natural and synthetic silver amalgams: European Journal of Mineralogy: 5: 903-914.

Criddle, A.J. and C.J. Stanley, editors (1993), Quantitative data file for ore minerals, 3rd. edition. Chapman & Hall, London, 385.

Internet Links for Moschellandsbergite

Localities for Moschellandsbergite

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.
Austria
 
  • Salzburg
    • Saalfelden
      • Leogang
        • Hütten
          • Schwarzleograben
            • Schwarzleo District
A. Strasser: Die Minerale Salzburgs (1989)
Leblhuber (2000)
Canada
 
  • Manitoba
    • Flin Flon District
Healy, R.E. & Petruk, W. (1990) Petrology of Au-Ag-Hg and "invisible" gold in the Trout Lake massive sulfide deposit, Flin Flon, Manitoba. Canadian Mineralogist 28, 189-206.
Chile
 
  • Atacama Region
    • Copiapó Province
Robert B. Cook: "Chañarcillo, Chile"; Minrecord, july-august 1978, pag.201
China
 
  • Guizhou Province
    • Bijie Prefecture
      • Weining Co.
        • Huize Zn-Pb-(Ag) ore field
Yaoguo Hu, Zhaoyang Li, Hanjie Wen, and Zhilong Huang (2000): Bulletin of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry 19(4), 318-320
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Plzeň Region
      • Radnice (Radnitz)
Litochleb, J., Sejkora, J., Šrein, V.: Amalgamy stříbra - moschellandsbergit a schachnerit ze železnorudného ložiska Březina u Radnic (západní Čechy). Bulletin mineralogicko-petrografického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze, 2001, roč. 9, s. 225-229.
France
 
  • Rhône-Alpes
    • Isère
      • Allemont
Dana 7:I:104,131.
Germany
 
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Lahn valley
      • Bad Ems District
        • Frücht
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990; Möhn, G., Frohwein, J. & Blaß, G. (2009): Neue Mineralfunde von der Grube Friedrichssegen bei Bad Ems. Lapis 34 (5), 35-40; 58.
    • Palatinate
      • Alsenz-Obermoschel
        • Landsberg (Moschellandsberg)
Hartmut Hensel Collection, Neustadt/Wstr.
Lapis 2001(6), 13-40
Klaproth, M.H. (1795): Beiträge zur chemischen Kenntniss der Mineralkörper. Vol. 1, Rottmann (Berlin), p. 182-183.; Ameilcan Mineralogist, Volume 58, pages 347-349, 1973
      • Kirchheimbolanden
        • Mörsfeld
Lapis 2001(6), 40
      • Rockenhausen
        • Stahlberg
Lapis 2001(6), 13-40
      • Wolfstein
Lapis 2001(6), 13-40
Hungary
 
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
    • Rudabányai Mts
      • Rudabánya
Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
Japan
 
  • Kyushu Region
    • Kagoshima Prefecture
      • Kirishima City
        • Yokogawa-cho
Mitsubishi Corporation mineral collection, Ikuno
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Tuva Republic
      • Pii-Khem District
Belogub, E.V., Novoselov, K.A., Kotlyarov, V.A., Fadina, I.B. (2007): Geology of Ore Deposits 49(7), 583-589.
Sweden
 
  • Västmanland
    • Sala
Min.Mag.(1987) 51, 318-321; Kieft, C., Holmgren, J. & Eriksson, G.: (1987): The Silver-Mercury-Antimony minerals of Sala, Sweden. Canadian Mineralogist. 25 :647-658
USA
 
  • Nevada
    • Clark Co.
      • Spring Mts
        • Goodsprings District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Mineral Co.
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Storey Co.
      • Comstock District
        • Virginia City
          • Comstock Lode
Eur. J. Mineral. , 1993, 5, pp. 903-914.
C. Cipriani and G. Mazetti, Eur. J. Mineral. 1989, 1, pp. 719-720.; Cipriani, C., & Mazzetti, G. (1989). Kolymite (copper amalgam); report of second and third occurrences. European Journal of Mineralogy, 1(5), 719-720.
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