|MOLYBDENITE MINERAL FACTS|
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Molybdenite Mineral Facts:
Chemical Formula: Mo2S; 60% Molybdenum by weight.
Mineral is lead gray
Cleavage: Perfect basal cleavage. It is also easily sectile, and can be cut with a knife like lead.
Luster:. Metallic luster. Easily sectile, and can be cut with a knife like lead. Laminae flexible but not elastic.
Optics: (Refractive Index): Opaque
Identification and Diagnostics
In the blowpipe flame molybdenite is infusible. It, however, imparts to the edges of the flame a yellowish green color. Naturally, it yields all the reactions for sulphur, and in the open tube it deposits a pale yellow crystalline sublimate of MoO3. Molybdenite is decomposed by nitric acid with the production of a gray powder (MoO3).
Localities and Origins:
Use: It is the only commercially important ore of molybdenum. Molybdenum metal is used as an alloy for steel hardening. Artificial molybdenite is used in grease as a lubricant.
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