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Mixite

Arsenate mineral

Mixite is a rare copper mineral with formula: BiCu6(AsO4)3(OH)6·3(H2O). It crystallizes in the hexagonal typically occurring as radiating acicular prisms and massive encrustations. The color varies from white to various shades of green and blue. It has a Mohs hardness of 3.5 to 4 and a specific gravity of 3.8. It has an uneven fracture and a brilliant to adamantine luster.

It occurs as a secondary mineral in the oxidized zones of copper deposits. Associated minerals include: bismutite , native bismuth, atelestite , malachite

It was discovered in 1879 near J´achymov, Czech Republic by mine engineer Anton Mixa. Mixite has also been found in Argentina Australia Germany Italy Namibia Switzerland the United Kingdom and the United States

Mixite is the namesake member of the mixite mineral group, which has the general chemical formula Cu2+6A(TO4)3(OH)6·3H2O, where A is a REE, Al, Ca, Pb, or Bi, and T is P or As. In addition to mixite, this mineral group contains the isostructural agardite calciopetersite goudeyite petersite-(Ce) petersite-(Y)

Identification

Color of mineral

Green
Blue
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

3
4

The streak

Green

Density ( specific gravity )

1.743
1.81

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Hexagonal