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Cerussite

Mineral formula: PbCO3

Mineral group: member of the Aragonite group

Crystal system: orthorhombic

Crystal habit: The crystal morphology is varied, ranging from simple, tabular crystals to equant or dipyramidal and then pseudo-hexagonal. Rarely acicular [001] or very thin tabular {001}. {010} and {0kl} usually striated [100]; {111} often striated [110] or [112]. Reticular twin aggregates common. Massive, granular, dense, compact. Stalactitic at times; powdery to earthy. Fibrous rare.

Cleavage: distinct/good on {110} and {021}

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: colorless, white, gray, blue, or green

Luster: adamantine, vitreous, resinous, pearly, dull, earthy

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 – 3 ½

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 6.53 – 6.57

Named after: the Latin, cerussa, meaning "white lead," in 1845 by Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger

Type locality: Vicenza Province, Veneto, Italy.

Geological occurrence:  usually found in the oxidized zone of lead ore deposits. It is a very common weathering product of galena and other lead ore minerals.

Energetic properties: grounding stone, beneficial for travel, as it aids adjustment to new situations and places. Assists with flexibility and tact.

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