Molybdenite

Molybdenite

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Caption: Molybdenite (MoS2) is a metallic mineral having hexagonal crystal symmetry. Its habitat ranges from stepped-tabular to more flaky crystals of a very soft nature with a bluish metallic luster. Both by appearance and texture it very much resembles graphite. Molybdenite is an ore of molybdenum, en element widely used in all kinds of metallic alloys and products. It is also the only source for the rare radioactive element rhenium. Actual width of specimen is 115 mm, provenance is Raade in Norway.

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Keywords: alloy, bluish, crystal, crystalline, earth science, element, flaky, geology, graphite, hexagonal, luster, metallic, mineral, molybdenum, ore, rhenium

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