Atacamite R050098

Name: Atacamite
RRUFF ID: R050098
Ideal Chemistry: Cu2Cl(OH)3
Locality: La Farola mine, Tierra Amarilla, Atacama, Chile
Source: Rock Currier
Owner: RRUFF
Description: Green prismatic single crystals
Status: The identification of this mineral has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis
Mineral Group: [ Atacamite (15) ]
RRUFF ID: R050098.2
Sample Description: Microprobe Fragment
Measured Chemistry: Cu2.00Cl1.00(OH)3
Microprobe Data File: [ Download Excel File ]
Sample Description: Sample is oriented, mounted onto a pin and polished
Pin ID: M00220
Orientation: Laser parallel to  -b*  (0 -1 0).     Fiducial mark perpendicular to laser is parallel to  c   [0 0 1].

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RRUFF ID: R050098
Sample Description: Raman from the unoriented primary sample
Instrument settings: Thermo Almega XR 532nm @ 100% of 150mW
INFRARED SPECTRUM (Attenuated Total Reflectance) 
RRUFF ID: R050098.1
Sample Description: Powder
Instrument settings: SensIR Durascope on a Nicolet Magna 860 FTIR
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RRUFF ID: R050098.1
Sample Description: Powder
Cell Refinement Output: a: 6.0303(1)Å    b: 6.8677(2)Å    c: 9.1189(2)Å
alpha: 90.°    beta: 90.°    gamma: 90.°   Volume: 377.65(1)Å3    Crystal System: orthorhombic
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Calculated diffraction file.

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Output file from the Bruker D8 Advance instrument. Includes device headers and XY data.

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Output file from the Bruker D8 Advance instrument. Includes device headers and XY data.

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REFERENCES for Atacamite

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database Record: [view record]

Anthony J W, Bideaux R A, Bladh K W, and Nichols M C (1990) Handbook of Mineralogy, Mineral Data Publishing, Tucson Arizona, USA, by permission of the Mineralogical Society of America. [view file]

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Blumenbach J F (1803) L´atacamit, sable vert d´Atacama, in Manuel D´Histoire Naturelle, Volume 2 Soulange Artaud Paris 348-349   [view file]

Wells AF (1949) The crystal structure of atacamite and the crystal chemistry of cupric compounds, Acta Crystallographica, 2, 175-180   [link]

Bailey S W (1977) Report of the I.M.A-I.U.Cr. Joint Committee on Nomenclature, American Mineralogist, 62, 411-415   [view file]

Parise J B, Hyde B G (1986) The structure of atacamite and its relationship to spinel, Acta Crystallographica, C42, 1277-1280

Pollard A M, Thomas R G, Williams P A (1989) Synthesis and stabilities of the basic copper (II) chlorides atacamite, paratacamite and botallackite, Mineralogical Magazine, 53, 557-563   [view file]

Scott D A (2000) A review of copper chlorides and related salts in bronze corrosion and as painting pigments, Studies in Conservation, 45, 39-53

Frost R L, Martens W, Kloprogge J T, Williams P A (2002) Raman spectroscopy of the basic copper chloride minerals atacamite and paratacamite: implications for the study of copper, brass and bronze objects of archeological significance, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 33, 801-806

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Martens W, Frost R L, Williams P A (2003) Raman and infrared spectroscopic study of the basic copper chloride minerals - implications for the study of the copper and brass corrosion and "bronze disease", Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen, 178, 197-215

Zheng X G, Mori T, Nishiyama K, Higemoto W, Yamada H, Nishikubo K, Xu C N (2005) Antiferromagnetic transitions in polymorphous minerals of the natural cuprates atacamite and botallackite Cu2Cl(OH)3, Physical Review B, 71, 174404-8

Kolitsch U, Rieck B, Brandstätter F, Schreiber F, Fabritz K H, Blaß G, Gröbner J (2014) Neufunde aus dem altem Bergbau und den Schlacken von Lavrion (II), Mineralien Welt, 25, 82-95   [view file]