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Maucherite

Arsenide mineral

Maucherite is a grey to reddish silver white nickel arsenide mineral. It crystallizes in the tetragonal crystal system veins alongside other nickel arsenide and sulfide minerals. It is metallic and opaque with a hardness of 7.83. It is also known as placodine and Temiskamite. The unit cell is of symmetry group P41212 or P43212.

It has the chemical formula : Ni11As8 and commonly contains copper, iron, cobalt, antimony, and sulfur as impurities.

It was discovered in 1913 in Eisleben, Germany and was named after Wilhelm Maucher (1879–1930), a German mineral collector.

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
Red
Silver
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4.5
5.5

The streak

Black

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Tetragonal