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Annabergite

Arsenate mineral,vivianite group

Annabergite is an arsenate mineral consisting of a hydrous, Ni3(AsO4)2·8H2O, crystallizing system and isomorphous with vivianite. Crystals are minute and capillary and rarely met with, the mineral occurring usually as soft earthy masses and encrustations. A fine apple-green color is its characteristic feature. It was long known (since 1758) under the name nickel bloom; the name annabergite was proposed by H. J. Brooke and W H. Miller in 1852, from Annaberg , one of the localities of the mineral. It occurs with ores of nickel, of which it is a product of alteration. A variety, from Creetown in Kirkcudbrightshire , in which a portion of the nickel is replaced by calcium , has been called dudgeonite, after P. Dudgeon, who found it.

Closely related is cabrerite wherein some of the nickel is replaced by magnesium. It is named for Sierra Cabrera where it was originally found.

Identification

Color of mineral

Green
Pink
White
Grey

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

1.5

The streak

Green
White

Density ( specific gravity )

1.622
1.658
1.687

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine
Pearly
Dull

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic