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Sphalerite Group

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A = Cd, Hg, Zn; X = S, Se, Te

The diamond structure has two interpenetrating cubic close packed carbon lattices. Each atom of theses lattices is tetrahedrally coordinated by 4 atoms of the other lattice. If one of these lattices is replaced by cations (A) and the other replaced by anions (X), where X = S, Se, Te we get the sphalerite group.

Although the members can be lab grown as solution series, geochemical segregation usually gives fairly pure end members.

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Classification of Sphalerite Group

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Crystallography of Sphalerite Group

Crystal System:Isometric
Class (H-M):4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Morphology:Composite and twinned xls are common

Chemical Properties of Sphalerite Group


A = Cd, Hg, Zn; X = S, Se, Te

Relationship of Sphalerite Group to other Species

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Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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