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Evenkite

Organic mineral

Evenkite is a rare hydrocarbon mineral with formula C24H50; specifically, H3C–(CH2)22–CH3, the alkane n-tetracosane It occurs as very soft (Mohs hardness 1) transparent crystals, colorless to yellow, with a waxy luster. The softness is a characteristic of crystalline long-chain alkanes, which are the main constituents of paraffin wax

Evenkite one of very few minerals that consist of crystalline hydrocarbons, which include carpathite , a polyaromatic hydrocarbon It is also one of the few non-porous minerals that floats on water. It has been claimed to be the same as hatchettite

Identification

Color of mineral

Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

1

Density ( specific gravity )

1.504
1.504
1.553

Luster ( interacts light )

Waxy

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic