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Melanterite
FeSO4 · 7H2O

     Melanterite, a member of the melanterite group, occurs rarely at MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually pale blue.
Luster is vitreous.
Diaphaneity is opaque.
Crystal System is monoclinic; P21/c.
Crystal Habits include small nodules to 2mm.
Cleavage {001} is perfect and {110} is distinct.
Fracture is conchoidal.
Hardness is 2.
Specific Gravity is approximately 1.9 g/cm3.
Streak is white.
Associated Minerals include halotrichite and pyrrhotite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit and color.
Origin: Named in 1850 from the Greek melanteria, copperas, referring
   to the process of obtaining metal from the action of copper-bearing
   water on metallic iron by cementation.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 29.6.10.1

Strunz Classification
# VI/C.06-10

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:611 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
--

AP
--

MX
--

SS
--

MC
--

HF
--

BR
--

SX
--

FR
--

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