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cerussite Mineral, PbCO3; sp. gr. 6.4–6.6; hardness 3.0–3.5; orthorhombic; usually white or grey; white streak; adamantine lustre; crystals often prismatic or tabular, also acicular, but can also occur granular, massive, and compact; cleavage good {110}, {021}; of secondary origin in the oxidized zone of lead veins, associated with anglesite, galena, smithsonite, pyromorphite, and sphalerite; soluble (with effervescence) in warm, dilute nitric acid. It is an ore mineral of lead.

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cerussite

cerussite (sēr´əsīt), colorless to white or gray mineral, sometimes yellowish or greenish, transparent to opaque, very brittle, crystallizing in the orthorhombic system and occurring also in granular and massive form. It is a carbonate of lead, PbCO3, formed by the action of carbonate and bicarbonate solutions on galena. It is an important ore of lead widely distributed throughout the world and found associated with galena and other lead minerals.

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