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Proustite

PROUSTITE, a mineral consisting of silver sulpharsenite, AgaAsSs, known also as light red silver ore, and an important source of the metal. It is closely allied to the corresponding sulphantimonitCj pyrargyrite, from which it was distinguished by the chemical analyses of J. L. Proust in 1804, after whom the mineral received its name. Many of the characters being so similar to those of pyrargyrite (q.v.) they are mentioned under that species. The prismatic crystals are often terminated by the scalenohedron (201) and the obtuse rhombohedron (no), thus resembling calcite (dog-tooth-spar) in habit. The colour is scarlet-vermilion and the lustre adamantine; crystals are transparent and very brilliant, but on exposure to light they soon become dull black and opaque. The streak is scarlet, the hardness 25, and the specific gravity 5-57. The mode of occurrence is the same as that of pyrargyrite, and the two minerals are sometimes found together. Magnificent groups of large crystals have been found at Chanarcillo in Chile; other localities which have yielded fine specimens are Freiberg and Marienberg in Saxony, Joachimsthal in Bohemia and Markirch in Alsace. (L. J. S.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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