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Temagamite

Telluride mineral

Temagamite is a bright white palladium mercury with a hardness of 2 1⁄2 on the Mohs scale. Its chemical formula is Pd 3. It was discovered at the Temagami Mine on Temagami Island and it represents a rare mineral in the Temagami Greenstone Belt.

It occurs as microscopic inclusions within massive chalcopyrite at Temagami in association with other rare tellurides: merenskyite and an unnamed Pd-Hg-Ag telluride. In addition to the discovery locality, it has been reported from the Stillwater igneous complex in Montana and the New Rambler copper mine in the Medicine Bow Mountains

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

2.5

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic