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- Mineralogy and geology*
Mineralogy and Geology of Ricardite
Mineral formula: Cu7Te5
Crystal system: orthorhombic
Crystal habit: Massive, very fine grained, somewhat porous; may be botryoidal.
Fracture: irregular / uneven
Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½
Specific gravity: 7.54
Named after: Thomas Arthur Rickard (1864–1953), mining engineer and Editor of the Engineering and Mining Journal, New York and London.
Type locality: Good Hope Mine (Mammoth Good Hope Mine; Mammoth-Good Hope Mine; Mammoth Chimney Mine), Vulcan, Vulcan Mining District (Cebolla Mining District; Domingo Mining District), Gunnison County, Colorado, USA
Geological occurrence: related to deposits of native tellurium
* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org