Minerals

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General Information

Cerussite

Cerussite is a lead carbonate and was one of the key components of lead paint. It is named after the Latin name cerussa, which means white lead. Elizabeth I of England used to wear cosmetics based on cerussite.[1]

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Chemical & Physical Information

Trivial NameCerussite
Chemical NameLead Carbonate
Chemical FormulaPbCO3
Density6,53-6,57 g·cm-3
Molar mass?
Hardness3-3,5
Crytal systemOrthorhombic
Unit cell?
Crystal habit?
FractureBrittle conchoidal
CleavageGood [110] [021]
ColourColourless, white, gray, blue or green.
LusterGlass
StreakWhite
OpacityTransparent to opaque.
SafetySafe
ExtraSometimes fluorescent.
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Photos

Cerussite

(2 cm)

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Sources

[1] Wikipedia

[2] Specimen from my personal collection, photo taken by me.