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1 1 Native Elements, Sulfides, and Sulfosalts GLY 4200 Lab 2 - Fall, 2014

2 2 Native Elements The native elements may be divided into metallic, non-metallic, and semi-metallic Native elements are composed of a single element, uncombined with other elements They are often ores, especially the metallic native elements  Gold, Silver, Copper, Platinum

3 3 Native Element Luster The luster shows distinctive changes from one group to another  Metallic group – metallic to dull metallic  Semi-metal group – submetallic to dull metallic  Non-metallic – various non-metallic lusters

4 4 Sulfides A sulfide is a compound between sulfur, or another sulfur group element, and a metallic element Most of these minerals are opaque, and they often have characteristic colors, as well as distinctive streak colors A few are transparent to translucent – examples cinnabar, realgar, and orpiment

5 5 Sulfide Formulas The general formula is A m X n where A represents metallic elements, X represents a sulfide group element whose oxidation state is -2, and m and n are integers The X anions are usually in the negative two oxidation state  Exception: Minerals with the S 2 dimer, such as pyrite, marcasite, and arsenopyrite

6 6 Sulfide Formulas continued X can be  Sulfur  Selenium  Tellurium  Arsenic  Antimony

7 Position in Periodic Table 7

8 8 Other Oxidation States All of the sulfide group elements occur in other oxidation states, for example As 5+ forms arsenates But in the 2- state they belong to the sulfide group

9 9 Anion Size All of the sulfide group anions are large The large anionic size tends to favor coordination with large cations  As a result sulfide minerals are very often important economic minerals (ores) because they associate with the relatively rare larger cations

10 10 Anion Size Versus Coordination Number AnionIVVIVIII O 2- O S Se ______0.190 All sizes are in nanometers

11 11 Sulfide Ores Major sulfide ore minerals include: MineralElement GalenaLead SphaleriteZinc Chalcopyrite, Chalcocite, Bornite, Covellite Copper GreenockiteCadmium ArgentiteSilver Pentlandite, Niccoline, MilleriteNickel CinnabarMercury StibniteAntimony ArsenopyriteArsenic MolybdeniteMolybdenum CobaltiteCobalt

12 12 Solid Solution The sulfides are also characterized by extensive solid solutions Many of the cations are of similar size and charge and they can substitute extensively Anionic substitution also occurs The physical characteristics of solid solutions will be between their end-member minerals

13 13 Solid Solution Example Galena is PbS, the only ore of lead Galena is found with inclusions of other elements Ag, Zn, Cd, Sb, As & Bi Se can substitute for S and forms a complete solid solution series

14 14 Sulfide Characteristics Many sulfide minerals have resonant bonding, with a partial metallic characteristic  Results in metallic to dull metallic luster SG is often high, because of the presence of metallic elements, and sometimes heavy anions like Se or Te

15 15 Sulfide Hardness Most sulfide group minerals are soft to soft- moderate hardness  Exception: Sulfides with the S 2 dimer, such as pyrite, marcasite, and arsenopyrite, are moderately hard

16 16 Sulfosalts This term signifies a mineral in which a semi metallic element replaces the metals  Examples: enargite, tetrahedrite

17 Text Reference See chapter 15 in the text for more information on native elements, sulfides, and sulfosalts, pp


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