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Tennantite
(Cu,Fe)12As4S13

     Tennantite is another rare species from MSH.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Color is usually black.
Luster is metallic.
Diaphaneity is opaque.
Crystal System is isometric, I43m.
Crystal Habits include tiny, very fine grained masses.
Cleavage {110} perfect and {010} imperfect.
Fracture is subconchoidal to uneven.
Hardness is 4.
Specific Gravity is approximately 4.6 g/cm3.
Streak is black.
Associated Minerals include villiaumite.
Distinguishing Features: Crystal habit and color.
Origin: Named in 1819 after Smithson Tennant (1761-1815), English
   chemist.

CLASSIFICATION:

Dana System
# 3.3.6.2

Strunz Classification
# To follow

REFERENCES:
Dana 8:164 (1997)

DISTRIBUTION AND RARITY AT MONT SAINT-HILAIRE:

MSH
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PE
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AP
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MX
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SS
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MC
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HF
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BR
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SX
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FR
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