Cochise College          Photos of Minerals

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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

                                  copyright 2006-R.Weller

Mineral Information on:

Chemical Group:    oxide

Chemical Formula:   

Color:  light to dark steel-gray to iron gray                   Streak:  black

Luster:  metallic


Hardness:  6 to 6.5 in crystals          Specific Gravity:  5.06                 

Fracture:  uneven            Tenacity:  brittle

Cleavage: one direction     Transparency:  opaque


Crystal Forms and Habits:  Tetragonal system
    Rarely occurs as prismatic crystals.
    Common forms: massive, concretions, coatings, powdery, dendrites

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics:  Forms dendritic patterns on cracked surfaces that resemble plants.

Uses:  manganese ore


Toxicity:      when-swallowed- moderate            when inhaled- high

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