Arsenopyrite

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Arsenopyrite is the most common arsenic mineral and gets its name from the combination of its former name: aresenical pyrites. Its color is silver-white to steel-gray on freshly broken surfaces. It yields a garlic odor when heated and the fumes can be toxic. It may tarnish to form an iridescent layer. Although arsenic has a reputation for being poisonous to humans, complex compounds are actually used in the treatment of disease caused by microorganisms.

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Arsenopyrite Classification
Common Name Arsenopyrite
Species Arsenopyrite
Arsenopyrite Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Pleochroism None
Arsenopyrite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5.5-6
Streak Gray To Black
Specific Gravity 5.900-6.200
Toughness Poor
Luster Metallic
Stability Poor
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Good, in one direction
Arsenopyrite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name iron arsenide sulfide
Chemical Formula FeAsS
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Sulfide

Arsenopyrite Colors

  • Yellow Arsenopyrite Yellow
  • Gray Arsenopyrite Gray

Alternate Names

Mispickel

Countries of Origin

China; Mexico

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.