TITLE: Mascagnite GDS65 Ammon Sulfate DESCRIPT

DOCUMENTATION_FORMAT: MINERAL

SAMPLE_ID: GDS65

MINERAL_TYPE: Sulfate

MINERAL: Mascagnite (Ammonium Sulfate)

FORMULA: (NH4)2SO4

FORMULA_HTML: (NH4)2SO4

COLLECTION_LOCALITY: None, Chemical Reagent

ORIGINAL_DONOR: None

CURRENT_SAMPLE_LOCATION: USGS Denver Spectroscopy Laboratory

ULTIMATE_SAMPLE_LOCATION: USGS Denver Spectroscopy Laboratory

SAMPLE_DESCRIPTION:

The sample is from a chemical reagent, pure.

END_SAMPLE_DESCRIPTION.

XRD_ANALYSIS:

40 kV-30 mA, 6.5-9.5 keV
File: mascag65.mdi (smear on qtz plate)
References: PDF2 #40-0660, 41-0621
Found: Mascagnite

Comments: Peaks are very sharp and some show excellent resolution of the alpha1-alpha2 components. Search-match returned no satisfactory hits. PDF2 #40-0660 (synthetic (NH4)2SO4) matches the observed pattern; 41-0621, also a synthetic ammonium sulfate, does not match as well. There is a severe discrepancy in that the (200) reflection, at 3.89 angstroms in mascag65, has relative intensity eight times greater than in either reference pattern. Some peak shoulders, for instance the (200), and split tips, as in the case of the (020) and (111), are not explained by the PDF2 data.

END_XRD_ANALYSIS.

COMPOSITIONAL_ANALYSIS_TYPE: None # XRF, EM(WDS), ICP(Trace), WChem

COMPOSITION_TRACE:

COMPOSITION_DISCUSSION:

Chemical Reagent, pure.

END_COMPOSITION_DISCUSSION.

MICROSCOPIC_EXAMINATION:

Crystals appear pure under the microscope.

The coarse fraction: Clumps of average grain size 300µm are in polygranular masses with average size of 600µm. G. Swayze

The fine fraction: average grain size = 150µm R. Clark

END_MICROSCOPIC_EXAMINATION.

SPECTROSCOPIC_DISCUSSION:

END_SPECTROSCOPIC_DISCUSSION.

SPECTRAL_PURITY: 1_2_3_4_

LIB_SPECTRA_HED: where Wave Range Av_Rs_Pwr Comment

LIB_SPECTRA: splib04a r 2926 0.2-3.0µm 200 g.s.=600 µm

LIB_SPECTRA: splib04a r 2936 0.2-3.0µm 200 g.s.=150 µm

LIB_SPECTRA: splib05a r ____ 0.2-3.0µm 200 g.s.=

LIB_SPECTRA: splib06a r ____ 1.5-25µm 250 g.s.=