Reinvestigation of natural and synthetic silver amalgams
Cipriani, Curzio; Bernardini, Gian Piero; Corazza, Marcello; Mazzetti, Giuseppe; Moggi, Vanni
European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 5 Number 5 (1993), p. 903 - 914
published: Jan 1, 1992
manuscript accepted: May 6, 1993
manuscript received: Dec 10, 1992
ArtNo. ESP147050505006, Price: 29.00 €
Abstract A study of several natural Ag-amalgams has been undertaken together with a reinvestigation of the phase relations in the synthetic Ag-Hg system. The genesis of the natural amalgams is discussed by comparison with the demercuration process observed on the synthetic products. The detected compositional ranges of the identified phases: α (mercurian silver), ß (schachnerite) and γ (moschellandsbergite) are in agreement with crystal-chemical considerations.