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AsS A red to orange mineral crystallizing in the monoclinic system, having a resinous luster and found in short, vertical striated crystals; specific gravity is 3.48, and hardness is 1.5-2 on Mohs scale. Also known as red arsenic; red orpiment; sandarac.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a mineral, arsenic monosulfide (AsS); contains 70.1 percent arsenic.

Realgar has a complex crystal structure. The lattice is constructed of individual As4S4 molecules, with the sulfur ions forming a square, and the arsenic ions a tetrahedron; the centers of the square and tetrahedron coincide. Realgar crystallizes in the monoclinic system, forming bright orange-red prismatic crystals. It occurs most commonly in the form of compact granular masses or powdery, earthy aggregates. The mineral has a density of 3,560–3,590 kg/m3 and is sectile; its hardness is 1.5–2 on Mohs’ scale.

Realgar is usually found together with orpiment, stibnite, and lead, silver, and gold ores of hydrothermal origin but may also occur as a sublimation product of volcanic eruptions or as a deposit from hot springs. When exposed to sunlight, it decomposes into orange to lemon-yellow orpiment, As2S3. Realgar is an important ore for the extraction of arsenic. In the USSR, deposits of realgar are found in Transcaucasia; there are also major deposits in such countries as Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Greece, the USA, and Japan.

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The most densified free-volume structure is character for REA2, composed of [alpha]-[As.sub.4][S.sub.4] polymorph (mineral realgar as a source for milling).
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A Chinese text from the 9th century describes how a mixture of sulfur, realgar (sulfur and arsenic), saltpeter, and honey ignited when heated.
(9) Combustions: burning flames, torches, goats, shooting-stars, ejected shooting stars, aurora borealis (blood-red colors, chasms), comets (tracking and trailing), milky way; condensations: upper (rain, snow, hail), lower (dew, frost); emanations: rivers (from the various mountains), interchange of sea and land, sea (source and salinity), winds (from the various points of the compass), earthquakes, tidal waves; violent atmospheric phenomena: thunder, lightening, hurricanes, whirlwinds, firewinds and thunderbolts; reflections: haloes, rainbows, sun-dogs, mock-suns and rods; minerals: realgar, ochre, ruddle, sulphur, cinnabar; metals: iron, gold, copper.
Such are the kinds of stones that cannot be melted, and realgar, and ochre, and ruddle, and sulphur [...], most things quarried being either coloured lye or, like cinnabar, a stone compounded of it.
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