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Malachite has got the chemical formula Cu2[(OH)2|CO3]. He crystallizes in the monoclinical system and his hardness is only 3.5 to 4. Malachite belongs to the copper carbonates. In nature he can be found in the form of tubers. He has got different green tones. We can only see the green tones in different layers when we cut through the malachite. Malachite is not transparent. In antiquity different things and jewels were made of malachite. During the tsar time in Russia the malachite was used for many decorative purposes. Malachite can be found in Russia, in the USA, in Australia and in Zaire. In former times people thought that he has got positive effects.

Data about the Malachite
Chemical formula Cu2[(OH)2|CO3]
Mineral class carbonates
Crystal system monoclinical
Hardness 3.5 to 4
Density 4 g/cm3
Color green
Line color green
Gloss glass gloss
Break shell, inflexibly
Fissileness perfectly

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Last Update: 03.11.2004