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Abelsonite



Abelsonite
CategoryMineral
Chemical formulaNi[C32H36N4]
Identification
Molecular Weight519.31 gm
ColorPink-purple, reddish-brown
Crystal habitAggregates - Made of numerous individual crystals or clusters. Platy - Sheet forms (e.g. micas)
Crystal systemTriclinic
Cleavage[111] Good
FractureFragile - Crystals with a delicate and easily injured structure
Mohs Scale hardness2-2.5 - Gypsum-Finger Nail
LusterAdamantine,Sub-Metallic
Optical PropertiesSemitransparent
Streakpink
Density1.45
DiaphaneityTranslucent

Abelsonite is a mineral of nickel, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen with formula: Ni[C32H36N4]. It forms purple to reddish brown triclinic crystals. The crystals are soft, with a Mohs scale rating is 2 to 3. It has a low specific gravity of 1.45.

Additional recommended knowledge

It was first described in 1975 for specimens in oil shale from the Green River Formation, eastern Uintah County, Utah. It is named after Philip Hauge Abelson, an American physicist.

 
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