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Breithauptite

Breithauptite

Named for mineralogist Johann Friedrich August Breithaupt. An uncommon mineral that can be found in hydrothermal veins that are related to cobalt-nickel-silver ores and in association with silver nickeline, maucherite, cobaltite, ullmannite, tetrahedrite, pyrrhotite, cubanite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, and calcite. Localities include in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Australia, Russia, Japan, India, Canada, and the United States among a few others.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/breithauptite.pdf

Formula
NiSb 
Crystal System
Hexagonal 
Crystal Habit
Tabular, Massive, Reniform 
Cleavage
None, None, None 
Luster
Metallic 
Color
copper red, light brown red 
Streak
reddish brown 
Class
Hexagonal - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Uneven 
Hardness
3.5-4 
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Breithauptite from Cobalt-Gowganda dist., Ontario, Canada

Breithauptite
            from Cobalt-Gowganda dist., Ontario, Canada

A rich mass of Breithauptite from the Cobalt district of Ontario showing veinlets and rosette-like growth habits.

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