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Rheniite

Sulfide mineral

Rheniite is a very rare rhenium mineral (ReS2 ). It forms metallic, silver grey platey crystals in the triclinic It has a specific gravity of 7.5.

It was discovered at the Kudriavy Volcano, Iturup Island and approved in 2004. It is found in active hot fumaroles.

Rheniite is the first mineral of the element rhenium to be found. The second known approved rhenium mineral is tarkianite , being also a sulfide. Almost all commercially mined rhenium is retrieved as a by-product of molybdenum mining as rhenium occurs in amounts up to 0.2% in the mineral molybdenite. A discredited rhenium sulfide known as zappinite does not appear to be valid.

Rheniite has also been reported in the Pagoni Rachi Mo–Cu–Te–Ag–Au deposit in northeastern Greece where it occurs with molybdenite in quartz system in a dacite

Identification

Color of mineral

Black
Red

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic