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Mineralpedia Details for Orthoserpierite

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Orthoserpierite

Orthoserpierite

Named as an orthorhombic (ortho) mineral and its relationship to serpierite. Orthoserpierite is an uncommon mineral found as a secondary mineral on hydrothermal copper mine dumps, as well as a precipitate from waters running through oxidized hydrothermal copper deposits. It can be found in localities in France, Ireland, Germany, and the USA among only a few others. Orthoserpierite will fluoresce a lilac-lavender color under long-wave and short-wave ultraviolet light.

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

Formula
CaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6ยท3H2
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Crystalline - Fine, Platy 
Cleavage
Perfect, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
pale blue green 
Streak
light green 
Class
Orthorhombic - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Splintery 
Hardness
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Orthoserpierite from Mina Platosa, Bermejillo, Durango, Mexico

Orthoserpierite
            from Mina Platosa, Bermejillo, Durango, Mexico

Bright sky blue to deep blue, lath-like or long bladed Orthoserpierite crystals to 3mm in random orientations in a 7mm area with other smaller pockets. A short mention of this locality can be found in the Mineral News, Aug. 2006.

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