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Mosesite

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About MosesiteHide

Alfred J. Moses
Formula:
(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4,MoO4) · H2O
Colour:
Yellow; turns olive-green upon prolonged exposure to light.
Lustre:
Adamantine
Hardness:
3 - 4
Crystal System:
Isometric
Name:
Named in 1910 by Frederick Alexander Canfield, William Francis Hillebrand, and Waldemar Theodore Schaller in honor of Alfred Joseph Moses [July 25, 1859 Brooklyn, New York, USA - February 27, 1920 Mount Kisco, New York, USA], Professor of Mineralogy, Columbia University, who first described several of the mercury minerals from Terlingua, Texas.
The iodine analogue is likely known as CCUK-18.


Classification of MosesiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
3.DD.30

3 : HALIDES
D : Oxyhalides, hydroxyhalides and related double halides
D : With Hg
29.3.8.1

29 : HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
3 : A2B(XO4)2·xH2O
26.15

26 : Sulphates with Halide

Pronounciation of MosesiteHide

Pronounciation:
PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of MosesiteHide

Adamantine
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
Yellow; turns olive-green upon prolonged exposure to light.
Streak:
Very light yellow
Hardness:
3 - 4 on Mohs scale
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Imperfect/Fair
On {111}
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven

Optical Data of MosesiteHide

Type:
Isotropic
Comments:
Becomes isotropic when heated over about 186°.

Chemical Properties of MosesiteHide

Formula:
(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4,MoO4) · H2O
IMA Formula:
(Hg2N)Cl

Crystallography of MosesiteHide

Crystal System:
Isometric
Morphology:
Crystals usally octahedral; also cubo-octahedral or cubic.
Twinning:
Twin plane {111} common; repeated groups at times.

Type Occurrence of MosesiteHide

Other Language Names for MosesiteHide

German:Mosesit
Spanish:Mosesita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Kleinite3 photos of Mosesite associated with Kleinite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.DD.05Eglestonite(Hg2+2)3OCl3(OH)Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
3.DD.05Kadyrelite(Hg2+2)3OBr3(OH)Iso.
3.DD.10Poyarkovite(Hg2+2)3Cl2O2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
3.DD.15Hanawaltite(Hg2+2)3Hg2+(Cl,OH)2O3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
3.DD.20Terlinguaite(Hg2+2)Hg2+2Cl2O2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
3.DD.25PinchiteHg2+5Cl2O4Orth.
3.DD.30Gianellaite[(NHg2)2](SO4)(H2O)xIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.DD.35Kleinite(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4) · nH2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.DD.40Tedhadleyite(Hg+2)5Hg2+I2(Cl,Br)2O4Tric.
3.DD.45Vasilyevite(Hg+2)10I3Br2Cl(CO3)O6Tric. 1 : P1
3.DD.50Aurivilliusite(Hg+2)0.5Hg2+(I,Br,Cl)OMon. 2/m : B2/b
3.DD.55TerlinguacreekiteHg2+3Cl2O2Orth.
3.DD.60Kelyanite(Hg+2)6Sb3+BrCl2O6Mon.
3.DD.65ComancheiteHg2+55N3–24(NH2,OH)4(Cl,Br)34Orth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

26.1KogarkoiteNa3(SO4)FMon.
26.2SulphohaliteNa6(SO4)2FClIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
26.3SchaireriteNa21(SO4)7ClF6Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
26.4GaleiteNa15(SO4)5F4ClTrig.
26.5ConnelliteCu19(SO4)(OH)32Cl4 · 3H2OHex. 6 m2 : P62c
26.6ChlorothioniteK2Cu(SO4)Cl2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
26.7KamchatkiteKCu3(SO4)2OClOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
26.8SpangoliteCu6Al(SO4)(OH)12Cl · 3H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
26.9AubertiteCuAl(SO4)2Cl · 14H2OTric. 1
26.10Magnesioaubertite(Mg,Cu)Al(SO4)2Cl · 14H2O
26.11Svyazhinite(Mg,Mn2+,Ca)(Al,Fe3+)(SO4)2F · 14H2OTric.
26.12D'AnsiteNa21Mg(SO4)10Cl3Iso.
26.13AnhydrokainiteKMg(SO4)Cl
26.14KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
26.16Kleinite(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4) · nH2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
26.17WilcoxiteMgAl(SO4)2F · 17H2OTric. 1 : P1
26.18CreediteCa3SO4Al2F8(OH)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
26.19LannoniteMg2Ca4Al4(SO4)8F8 · 24H2O Tet. 4/m : I4/m
26.20Chukhrovite-(Y)Ca3(Y,Ce)[F|SO4|(AlF6)2] · 10H2OIso.
26.21Chukhrovite-(Ce)Ca3(Ce,Y)[F|SO4|(AlF6)2] · 10H2OIso.
26.22GrandreefitePb2(SO4)F2Mon. 2/m
26.23PseudograndreefitePb6(SO4)F10Orth. 2 2 2 : F2 2 2
26.24SundiusitePb10(SO4)O8Cl2Mon.
26.25CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3ClMon.
26.26MammothitePb6Cu4AlSb5+O2(OH)16Cl4(SO4)2Mon. 2 : B2
26.27AtlasoviteK(BiO)Cu6Fe3+(SO4)5O3ClTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/ncc
26.28XitieshaniteFe3+(SO4)Cl · 6H2OMon.
26.29NabokoiteKCu7(SO4)5(Te4+O3)OClTet.

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Alters to a white substance retaining its original shape when placed into cold HCl.
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 MosesiteHide

Reference List:
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Canfield, Hillebrand, and Schaller (1910) American Journal of Science: 30: 202.
Canfield (1913) Columbia University School of Mines Quarterly: 34, no. 3
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 113.
Bird (1932) American Mineralogist: 17: 541.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 89-90.
American Mineralogist (1953): 38: 1225-1234.
Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1973): 3: 126.

Internet Links for MosesiteHide

Localities for MosesiteHide

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Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Mexico
 
  • Guerrero
    • Mun. de Taxco
      • Hauhauxtla
Panczner (1987): 135-372.
  • Queretaro
    • Mun. de Cadereyta
      • El Doctor (Doctor)
Panczner (1987): 279.
USA
 
  • California
    • San Benito Co.
      • Diablo Range
        • New Idria District
          • Goat Mountain
Dunning, Hadley, Cooper, Magnasco collections; Mineralogical Record (1993): 24: 471-475.
    • San Mateo Co.
      • Redwood City
The Challenge Mercury Deposit, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California.,Gail Dunning, BAM Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1.
  • Nevada
    • Humboldt Co.
      • Opalite District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Pershing Co.
      • Humboldt Range
        • Willard District
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 90.
  • Texas
    • Brewster Co.
American Journal of Science, ser. 4 (1910): 30: 202-208; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 90; Mineralogical Record: 21: 233.
Rocks & Minerals: 66(1): 202.
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