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Metacinnabar

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Formula:
HgS
System:
Isometric
Hardness:
3
Polymorph of:
This page provides mineralogical data about Metacinnabar.


Classification of Metacinnabar

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
2.CB.05a

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
C : Metal Sulfides, M: S = 1: 1 (and similar)
B : With Zn, Fe, Cu, Ag, etc.
2.8.2.3

2 : SULFIDES
8 : AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
3.5.3

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
5 : Sulphides etc. of Hg and Tl

Physical Properties of Metacinnabar

Hardness (Mohs):
3

Chemical Properties of Metacinnabar

Formula:
HgS
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Metacinnabar

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Space Group:
F4 3m
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.8717(5) Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 202.44 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4

Crystallographic forms of Metacinnabar

Crystal Atlas:
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X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.378 (100)
2.926 (35)
2.068 (55)
1.7644 (45)
1.6891 (10)
1.3424 (12)
1.3085 (10)

Type Occurrence of Metacinnabar

Relationship of Metacinnabar to other Species

Other Members of Group:
2.CB.AgmantiniteAg2MnSnS4
2.CB.05aColoradoiteHgTe
2.CB.05aHawleyiteCdS
2.CB.05cPolhemusite(Zn,Hg)S
2.CB.05bSakuraiite(Cu,Zn,Fe)3(In,Sn)S4
2.CB.05aSphaleriteZnS
2.CB.05aStilleiteZnSe
2.CB.05aTiemanniteHgSe
2.CB.05UM1998-15-S:CuFeZnCu2Fe3Zn5S10
2.CB.05aRudashevskyite(Fe,Zn)S
2.CB.10aChalcopyriteCu1+Fe3+S2
2.CB.10aEskeborniteCuFeSe2
2.CB.10aGalliteCuGaS2
2.CB.10bHaycockiteCu4Fe5S8
2.CB.10aLenaiteAgFeS2
2.CB.10bMooihoekiteCu9Fe9S16
2.CB.10bPutoraniteCu1.1Fe1.2S2
2.CB.10aRoquesiteCuInS2
2.CB.10bTalnakhiteCu9Fe8S16
2.CB.10aLaforêtiteAgInS2
2.CB.15aČernýiteCu2CdSnS4
2.CB.15aFerrokësteriteCu2(Fe,Zn)SnS4
2.CB.15aHocartiteAg2FeSnS4
2.CB.15aIdaiteCu3FeS4
2.CB.15aKësteriteCu2ZnSnS4
2.CB.15aKuramiteCu3SnS4
2.CB.15bMohiteCu2SnS3
2.CB.15aPirquitasiteAg2ZnSnS4
2.CB.15aStanniteCu2FeSnS4
2.CB.15cStannoiditeCu8(Fe,Zn)3Sn2S12
2.CB.15aVelikiteCu2HgSnS4
2.CB.15cUM2006-11-S:CuFeGeZnCu8(Fe,Zn)3Ge2S12 (?)
2.CB.20ChatkaliteCu6FeSn2S8
2.CB.20MawsoniteCu6Fe2SnS8
2.CB.30ColusiteCu12VAs3S16
2.CB.30GermaniteCu13Fe2Ge2S16
2.CB.30GermanocolusiteCu13VGe3S16
2.CB.30NekrasoviteCu13VSn3S16
2.CB.30StibiocolusiteCu13V(Sb,Sn,As)3S16
2.CB.30OvamboiteCu10Fe3WGe3S16
2.CB.30MaikainiteCu10Fe3MoGe3S16
2.CB.35aHemusiteCu41+Cu22+SnMoS8
2.CB.35aKiddcreekiteCu6WSnS8
2.CB.35aPolkovicite(Fe,Pb)3(Ge,Fe)1-xS4
2.CB.35aRenierite(Cu1+,Zn)11Fe4(Ge4+,As5+)2S16
2.CB.35aVincienniteCu10Fe4SnAsS16
2.CB.35aMorozeviczitePb3Ge1-xS4
2.CB.35bCatamarcaiteCu6GeWS8
2.CB.40LautiteCuAsS
2.CB.45CadmoseliteCdSe
2.CB.45GreenockiteCdS
2.CB.45WurtziteZnS
2.CB.45RambergiteMnS
2.CB.45Buseckite(Fe,Zn,Mn)S
2.CB.55aCubaniteCuFe2S3
2.CB.55bIsocubaniteCuFe2S3
2.CB.60PicotpauliteTlFe2S3
2.CB.60RaguiniteTlFeS2
2.CB.65ArgentopyriteAgFe2S3
2.CB.65SternbergiteAgFe2S3
2.CB.70SulvaniteCu3VS4
2.CB.75VulcaniteCuTe
2.CB.80EmpressiteAgTe
2.CB.85MuthmanniteAuAgTe2
3.5.1CinnabarHgS
3.5.2HypercinnabarHgS
3.5.4ImiteriteAg2HgS2
3.5.5TiemanniteHgSe
3.5.6BalkaniteAg5Cu9HgS8
3.5.7Danielsite(Cu,Ag)14HgS8
3.5.8ColoradoiteHgTe
3.5.9GortdrumiteCu18FeHg6S16
3.5.10Polhemusite(Zn,Hg)S
3.5.11CarliniteTl2S
3.5.12CrookesiteCu7TlSe4
3.5.13SabatieriteCu6TlSe4
3.5.14PicotpauliteTlFe2S3
3.5.15RaguiniteTlFeS2
3.5.16Thalcusite(Cu,Fe)4Tl2S4
3.5.17BukoviteCu4Tl2Se4
3.5.18GalliteCuGaS2
3.5.19RoquesiteCuInS2
3.5.20InditeFeIn2S4

Other Names for Metacinnabar

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Other Information

Health Risks:
Contains mercury - always wash hands after handling. Avoid inhaling dust when breaking. Never lick or ingest. Do not heat in an unventilated environment - emits toxic Hg fumes.

References for Metacinnabar

Reference List:
Durand, F.E. (1873) Notes on the crystallization of metacinnabarite. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, ser. 1, 4(1): 219–220, figs. 1–2.

Penfield, S.L. (1892) Notes on the crystallography of metacinnabarite. American Journal of Science, 3rd. series: 44: 383.

Lehmann, W.M. (1924) Rontgenographische Untersuchungen an naturlichem und synthetischem Metacinnabarit (HgS). Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Band 60: 379-413; …Mineralogical Abstracts: 2: 510-511 (1925).

Palache, C., Berman, H., Frondel, C. (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.: 215-217.

Dickson, F.W., Tunnell, G. (1959) The Stability Relations of Cinnabar and Metacinnabar. American Mineralogist: 44: 471-487.

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