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Mineral Information on:
linarite


Chemical Group:    sulfate

Chemical Formula:   
(Pb,Cu)SO4.(Pb,Cu)(OH)2

Color:   deep blue                                                                      

 

Hardness:  2.5             Specific Gravity:    5.4             

Cleavage:  (100) perfect

 

Crystal Forms:  Monoclinic system

Mineral Associations:  found in lead-copper deposits

Identifying Characteristics: strong dark blue color

Uses:   a rare mineral

Occurrences:    Siberia, Spain, South West Africa, Australia; in the USA at California and Utah

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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