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    Marruccite, a rare Hg sulfosalt from the Gelnica ore deposit (Slovak Republic), and its comparison with the type occurrence at Bucca della Vena mine (Italy)
    Laufek, František
    Litochleb, Jiří
    Ozdín, Daniel
    Plášil, Jakub
    Sejkora, Jiří
Publication type
    článek v periodiku
Source title - serial
    Journal of Geosciences
    Roč. 56, č. 4
Thesaurus term
    Marrucciite, Hg-sulfosalt, X-ray powder data
Abstract (in english)
   The rare Hg-sulfosalt, marrucciite, with ideal formula Hg3Pb16Sb18S46, was found in the Gelnica ore deposit (Spišsko-Gemerské Rudohorie Mts., Slovak Republic). It occurs as acicular crystals up to 0.5 mm in length and fine-grained aggregates up to 1 mm in quartz (+siderite/dolomite) gangue in association with other sulfosalts (zinkenite, scainiite, boulangerite, chalcostibite, bournonite) and cinnabar. It is opaque, dark steel grey to greyish black, sometimes tarnished to a bronze-brown tint, has a dark grey streak with a very weak reddish tint and a metallic luster. Marrucciite is very brittle but thin acicular crystals are flexible. One good cleavage parallel to the elongation of the crystals was observed. The VHN20g microhardness is 85 (69-101) kp/mm2 and corresponds to a Moh's hardness of c. 2; the calculated density is 6.00 In reflected light, marrucciite is white to greyish white with a weak yellowish tint, distinct bireflectance and white-white grey pleochroism. Under cr
   ossed polars, it has distinct anisotropy, with rotation tints in shades of grayish brown and dark brown. Dark red internal reflections were observed only rarely. Marrucciite is monoclinic, space group C2/m with a 48.12(1), b 4.1083(2), c 23.990(5) A, ? 118.76(2)o, V 4158.(3) A3. Its average composition (electron microprobe data in wt. %) is Cu 0.03, Hg 7.83, Cd 0.02, Fe 0.06, Zn 0.02, Pb 43.13, Sn 0.03, Sb 29.15, Bi 0.12, S 19.71, Cl 0.05, total 100.15.
    Česká geologická služba
Contributor code
    ČGS (RIV)
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Import date
    15. 10. 2014