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Cu4(SO4)(OH)6 A monoclinic copper mineral, emerald to dark green, commonly found with copper sulfide deposits; a minor copper ore. Also known as brochanite; brochanthite; warringtonite.
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(named after the French 19th-century mineralogist A. J. M. Brochant de Villiers), a mineral of the class of sulfates. It has an insular-type structure made up of PO4 tetrahedrons connected by Cu arranged in the center of the octahedron Cu[(OH)5O]. Its chemical composition is Cu4[SO4](OH)6. Brochantite crystallizes in a monoclinic system. It is found in the form of crystalline crusts with druses of small, needle-like dark-green crystals or in the form of powdery masses. The mineral’s hardness on the mineralogic scale measures 3.5-4.0; its density is 3,800-4,100 kg/m3. Brochantite is formed in the zones of oxidation of deposits of copper sulfide ores under the conditions of a hot, dry climate. Along with other minerals of the zones of oxidation of copper deposits, such as atacamite, chrysocolla, and azurite, it may serve as a copper ore.

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Equilibrium diagrams show that atacamite is stable in saline waters at Spence (Leybourne and Cameron 2008), and an antipathetic relationship between S[O.sub.4] and Cl in these waters suggest that brochantite is currently being replaced by atacamite (Cameron et al.
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Colorless, transparent, complex crystals (to 2.5 mm) of anglesite occur with brochantite, caledonite, chlorargyrite and linarite in cavities at the Reward mine.
It consists mainly of brochantite and a basic copper chloride called atacamite, CuCl.sub.2..3Cu(OH).sub.2.
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