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Sub-Metallic, Dull
5 - 6
Specific Gravity:
4.7 - 4.72
From the Greek ψιλός (psilos) "smooth" or "bald", and μέλας (melas) "black" in allusion to the form and colour.
Obsolete group name for hard black Manganese Oxides.

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Classification of PsilomelaneHide


4 : Oxides & Hydroxides
X : Unclassified oxides
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Physical Properties of PsilomelaneHide

Sub-Metallic, Dull
Brownish black to black, shiny
5 - 6 on Mohs scale
4.7 - 4.72 g/cm3 (Measured)    0.42 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Synonyms of PsilomelaneHide

Other Language Names for PsilomelaneHide

Varieties of PsilomelaneHide

Nickeloan PsilomelaneA nickel-bearing variety of psilomelane.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Calcite14 photos of Psilomelane associated with Calcite on
Pyrolusite10 photos of Psilomelane associated with Pyrolusite on
Vanadinite8 photos of Psilomelane associated with Vanadinite on
Quartz7 photos of Psilomelane associated with Quartz on
Goethite7 photos of Psilomelane associated with Goethite on
Baryte7 photos of Psilomelane associated with Baryte on
Amethyst7 photos of Psilomelane associated with Amethyst on
Wulfenite5 photos of Psilomelane associated with Wulfenite on
Hematite4 photos of Psilomelane associated with Hematite on
Limonite4 photos of Psilomelane associated with Limonite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping (8th Edition)Hide

4/X.0-0Murataite-(Y)(Y,Na)6Zn(Zn,Fe3+)4(Ti,Nb,Na)12O29(O,F,OH)10F4 Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m

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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 PsilomelaneHide

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Wallerius (1747) 268.
Haidinger (1827) Royal Society of Edinburgh, Transactions: 11: 129.
Egleston (1887) U.S. National Museum Bulletin 33: 137.
Krusch (1907) Zeitschrift für praktische Geologie, Berlin Halle a.S.: 15: 129.
Hintze (1929) 1(3A): 3597.
Ramsdell (1932) American Mineralogist: 17: 143.
Vaux (1937) Mineralogical Magazine: 24: 521.
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: 668-670.
Fleischer, M. (1960) Studies of the manganese oxide minerals: III: Psilomelane: American Mineralogist: 45: 176-187.
Mineralogical Magazine (1965) 34: 634-655.

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