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Moschellandsbergite

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Formula:
Ag
 
2
Hg
 
3
System:IsometricColour:white, tarnishes light ...
Lustre:MetallicHardness:
Name:After the type locality


Intermetallic compound of silver and mercury.

Classification of Moschellandsbergite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:1/A.02-30
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID: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 edition ID:1.1.11.1
Dana 8th edition ID:1.1.8.1

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Hey's CIM Ref.: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

Type Locality:Carolina Mine, Landsberg (Moschellandsberg), Alsenz-Obermoschel, Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Year of Discovery:1938

Physical Properties of Moschellandsbergite

Lustre: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)
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Optical Data of Moschellandsbergite

Type:Isotropic

Chemical Properties of Moschellandsbergite

Formula:
Ag
 
2
Hg
 
3
Simplified for copy/paste:Ag2Hg3
Essential elements:Ag, Hg
All elements listed in formula:Ag, Hg

Relationship of Moschellandsbergite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
1.AD.05Mercury
Hg
1.AD.10Belendorffite
Cu
 
7
Hg
 
6
1.AD.10Kolymite
Cu
 
7
Hg
 
6
1.AD.15cEugenite
Ag
 
11
Hg
 
2
1.AD.15bLuanheite
Ag
 
3
Hg
1.AD.15aParaschachnerite
Ag
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.AD.15aSchachnerite
Ag
 
1.1
Hg
 
0.9
1.AD.20aWeishanite
(Au,Ag)
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.AD.20bGoldamalgam (of Chen et al.)
(Au,Ag)Hg
1.AD.25Potarite
PdHg
1.AD.30Leadamalgam
Pb
 
0.7
Hg
 
0.3
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
1.1Copper
Cu
1.2Silver
Ag
1.5Gold
Au
1.6Auricupride
Cu
 
3
Au
1.7Tetra-auricupride
AuCu
1.8Zinc
Zn
1.9Cadmium
Cd
1.10Danbaite
CuZn
 
2
1.11Zhanghengite
CuZn
1.12Mercury
Hg
1.13Kolymite
Cu
 
7
Hg
 
6
1.15Eugenite
Ag
 
11
Hg
 
2
1.16Schachnerite
Ag
 
1.1
Hg
 
0.9
1.17Paraschachnerite
Ag
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.18Luanheite
Ag
 
3
Hg
1.19Weishanite
(Au,Ag)
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.20Indium
In
1.21Aluminium
Al
1.22Khatyrkite
(Cu,Zn)Al
 
2
1.23Cupalite
(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24Diamond
C
1.25Graphite
C
1.26Chaoite
C
1.27Lonsdaleite
C
1.28Silicon
Si
1.29Tin
Sn
1.30Lead
Pb
1.31Anyuiite
Au(Pb,Sb)
 
2
1.31Novodneprite
AuPb
 
3
1.32Leadamalgam
Pb
 
0.7
Hg
 
0.3
1.33Arsenic
As
1.34Arsenolamprite
As
1.35Paxite
CuAs
 
2
1.36Koutekite
Cu
 
5
As
 
2
1.37Domeykite
Cu
 
3
As
1.38Algodonite
(Cu
 
1-x
As
 
x
)
1.39Novakite
Cu
 
20
AgAs
 
10
1.40Kutinaite
Ag
 
6
Cu
 
14
As
 
7
1.41Antimony
Sb
1.42Stibarsen
AsSb
1.43Paradocrasite
Sb
 
3
As
1.44Horsfordite
Cu, Sb
1.45Cuprostibite
Cu
 
2
(Sb,Tl)
1.46Allargentum
(Ag
 
1-x
Sb
 
x
)
1.47Aurostibite
AuSb
 
2
1.48Dyscrasite
Ag
 
3
Sb
1.49Bismuth
Bi
1.50Maldonite
Au
 
2
Bi
1.51Sulphur
S
 
8
1.52Rosickýite
S
1.53Selenium
Se
1.54Tellurium
Te
1.55Chromium
Cr
1.56Rhenium
Re
1.57Iron
Fe
1.58Chromferide
Fe
 
3
Cr
 
1-x
(x=0.6)
1.59Ferchromide
Cr
 
3
Fe
 
1-x
1.60Wairauite
CoFe
1.61Nickel
Ni
1.62Kamacite
(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite
(Fe,Ni)
1.64Tetrataenite
FeNi
1.65Awaruite
Ni
 
3
Fe
1.66Palladium
(Pd,Pt)
1.67Potarite
PdHg
1.68Paolovite
Pd
 
2
Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite
(Pd,Cu)
 
3
Sn
 
2
1.70Cabriite
Pd
 
2
CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I
(Pd,Cu,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.72Atokite
(Pd,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.73Rustenburgite
(Pt,Pd)
 
3
Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite
(Pd,Pt,Au)
 
3
(Pb,Sn)
1.75Plumbopalladinite
Pd
 
3
Pb
 
2
1.76Osmium
(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium
(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82Platinum
Pt
1.83Hongshiite
PtCu
1.84Niggliite
PtSn
1.85Isoferroplatinum
Pt
 
3
Fe
1.86Tetraferroplatinum
PtFe
1.87Tulameenite
Pt
 
2
CuFe
1.88Ferronickelplatinum
Pt
 
2
FeNi
1.89Rhodium
(Rh,Pt)
Related Minerals - Dana Grouping):

- +
1.1.11.2Schachnerite
Ag
 
1.1
Hg
 
0.9
1.1.11.3Paraschachnerite
Ag
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.1.11.4Luanheite
Ag
 
3
Hg
1.1.11.5Eugenite
Ag
 
11
Hg
 
2

Other Names for Moschellandsbergite

Other Languages:
French:Argental
German:Moschellandsbergit
Simplified Chinese:银汞矿
Spanish:Moschellandsbergita
Traditional Chinese:銀汞礦

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 Moschellandsbergite

Reference List:

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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.

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  • Localities for Moschellandsbergite

    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.
    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 Mtns
        • Rudabánya
    Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
    Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
    Japan
     
    • Kyushu Region
      • Kagoshima Prefecture
        • 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.
        • 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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