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Alabandite
MnS

     Alabandite is a rare occurrence at MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually black.
Luster is sub-metallic.
Diaphaneity is opaque.
Crystal System is isometric; Fm3m.
Crystal Habits poor blocky crystals.
Cleavage: {100} is perfect.
Fracture is (??).
Hardness is 3.5 - 4.
Specific Gravity is approximately 4.1 g/cm3.
Streak is green.
Associated Minerals include aegirine, cancrinite, natrolite, sérandite,
   sidorenkite, sodalite and steenstrupine-(Ce).
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit and luster.
Origin: Named in 1832 after its discovery locality at Alabanda near
   Aydin, Turkey.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 2.8.1.4

Strunz Classification
# II/C.15-30

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:66 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
--

AP
--

MX
--

SS
--

MC
--

HF
--

BR
--

SX
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FR
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