Item#2: Native Copper


Cuprul nativ apare ca depozit hidrotermal asociat cu alterarea rocilor eruptive si vulcanice sau in infiltratiile poroase ale rocilor sedimentare. Ocurenta este comuna, insa doar in cantitati foarte mici.

Native copper occurs as a hydrothermal deposit associated with alteration of igneous and volcanic rocks, or infiltrating porous sedimentary rocks. Native copper, though widely distributed, occurs only in small amounts.

Sistemul de cristalizare/ Cristal system: cubic

Habitus: dendritic, ramuros; cristale cubice sau dodecaedrice/ dendritic, branching forms, cubic or rhombododecahedral crystals.

Culoare/ Colour: rosu/ copper-red

Clivaj/ Cleavage: nu/ none

Duritate/ Hardness: 2.5-3

Luciu/ Luster: metalic

Transparenta/ Transparency: opac

Alte proprietati/ Other: ductil, solubil in acid azotic; ductility, readily soluble in nitric acid.

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