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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

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Mineral Information on:
realgar

Chemical Group:    sulfide

Chemical Formula:   
AsS

Color:  aurora-red to orange yellow               Streak:  orange-red

Transparency:  transparent when fresh


Luster:  resinous to greasy

Hardness:  1.5 to 2          Specific Gravity:  3.56                  Fracture:

Cleavage: several directions

 

Crystal Forms and Habits:  Monoclinic system
      Realgar forms  short prismatic crystals.

Mineral Associations:  orpiment

Identifying Characteristics:

Uses:  arsenic ore

Occurrences: 

Toxicity:      when-swallowed- very high        when inhaled- very high

Additional Information:
Realgar disintegrates to a powder upon long exposure to light