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The chemical formula of mineral Zincite is indicated by ZnO or Zinc Oxide. Zincite is actually classified under the Oxide and Hydroxide mineral class. Zincite is actually considered as an ore of zinc and it is also most commonly used as mineral specimen. Zincite can be fund in several localities around the world. It is so abundant at Sterling Hill and Franklin, New Jersey, USA that it was quickly exploited and became an important ore of zinc. In the field of optical mineralogy, the structure of Zincite consists of tetrahedrons of ZnO4. The tetrahedrons in Zincite all are oriented in one direction and produce the hexagonal symmetry. It can be found that the major axis is symmetrically polar and results in a hemimorphic crystal structure. In the field of optical mineralogy, this means that there is no symmetry element, like a mirror or two fold rotational axis, perpendicular to the major axis and thus crystal faces on top of the crystal are not repeated on the bottom of the crystal. In the field of optical mineralogy, hemimorphic crystals have different looking tops from their bottoms, as they never completed the opposite, symmetrical side, hence the name hemimorphic or half shape.

 

            Zincite is most commonly found showing orange-yellow to deep red or brown color that can be seen more fascinating when viewed with the aid of petrographic polarizing light microscope used in the field of optical mineralogy. It is also usually found showing adamantine luster when viewed in reflected light of polarized light microscopes used in optical mineralogy. Most crystals of Zincite are commonly found translucent in appearance, more rarely transparent. Zincite is commonly found crystallizing in the hexagonal system of crystal formation. In optical mineralogy, the hexagonal system of crystallization comprises crystals having four axes. Three of which are positioned in a single plane with equal length and are symmetrically spaced. The fourth axis is found to be perpendicular to the other three axes. The crystal habit of mineral Zincite as described in the filed of optical mineralogy usually include rarely well-shaped, overall, hemimorphic pyramidal crystals sometimes with an hexagonal prism terminated by the basal face of a pedion on one side and the sharp point of the pyramid on the other. It is usually found as rounded granular crystals and also massive in veins and lamellar. Zincite is usually found showing good prismatic cleavage found in three directions, which can be seen more clearly exhibited under polarizing microscope used in the field of optical mineralogy. Zincite is also usually found showing conchoidal fracture when evaluated using the polarizing microscope used in the field of optical mineralogy. The hardness measure of mineral Zincite when it is evaluated using the Mohs scale method is usually found 4. The specific gravity measure of mineral Zincite is usually ranging from 5.4 to 5.7 grams per cubic centimeters, which is slightly heavy even for metallic minerals.

 

            Mineral Zincite is usually found with basal parting when closely evaluated using the petrographic polarizing microscope in optical mineralogy. It is also most commonly found leaving a orange-yellow streak when rubbed on a white porcelain streak plate. Zincite is most commonly associated with other interesting minerals including calcite, tephorite, calcite, Willemite, Rhodonite, franklinite, pyroxmangite and other rare Sterling Hill and Franklin, New Jersey minerals. The best field indicators of mineral Zincite usually include streak, luster, cleavage, color, streak, occurrence and associations. Zincite notably occurs at several localities including Sterling Hill and Fraklin, New Jersey, USA as well as several areas including Italy, Namibia, Poland, Australia and some place in USA.



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The Oxides and Hydroxides Mineral Class
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