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System:IsometricColour:Grey, blue-grey

Don't mix with the "native" tantalum from Nizhnyi Tagil (Middle Ural) has been found to be TaC: Jedwab, J. (1990): Native ruthenium in tantalum carbide concentrates from the Ural Mountains, USSR. Mineralogy and Petrology, 1990, 43, 137-146.

Classification of Tantalum

IMA status:Published without Approval
Dana 7th edition ID:
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Physical Properties of Tantalum

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Grey, blue-grey

Crystallography of Tantalum

Crystal System:Isometric

Optical Data of Tantalum


Chemical Properties of Tantalum

Essential elements:Ta
All elements listed in formula:Ta

Other Names for Tantalum

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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.

References for Tantalum

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Walther (1909), Nature: 81: 335.

von John (1910), Nature: 83: 398.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 126.

American Mineralogist (1999): 84: 992-993.

Seredin, V.V. (1998) New discovery of native tantalum. Doklady Akademii Nauk, v.360, N6, 791-795 (in Russ.).

Jedwab, J. (1990): Native ruthenium in tantalum carbide concentrates from the Ural Mountains, USSR. Mineralogy and Petrology, 1990, 43, 137-146.

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  • Localities for Tantalum

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    • Kujalleq
      • Narsaq
        • Ilímaussaq complex
          • Kuannersuit Plateau (Kvanefjeld)
    Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data (2011)
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Sakha Republic (Saha Republic; Yakutia)
        • Daldyn-Alakit kimberlite field
          • Daldyn
    [AmMin 84:993]
    • Far-Eastern Region
      • Primorskiy Kray
        • Khanka Lake
    V.V. Seredin data; [AmMin 84:992]
    • Phuket Province
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    • Mare Crisium
    Andrei V. Mokhov & Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data
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