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Title: Abelsonite, nickel porphyrin, a new mineral from the Green River Formation, Utah. [C31H32N4Ni]

Abstract

Abelsonite, a crystalline nickel porphyrin with the probable composition C/sub 31/H/sub 32/N/sub 4/Ni, has been found in eight drill cores in or near the Mahogany Zone oil shale of the Green River Formation in Uintah County, Utah. Associated authigenic minerals include orthoclase, pyrite, quartz, dolomite, analcime, and a K--Fe micaceous mineral. Abelsonite occurs as aggregates of platy crystals, as much as 3 mm long, that range in color from pink-purple to dark reddish-brown. The crystals are very soft (<3 on Mohs scale) and have a semimetallic to adamantine luster. Probable cleavage is (111). In transmitted light the color is red or reddish-brown, with intense absorption to reddish-brown. Its reaction with high-index liquids and its strong absorption prevented determination of optical characteristics. Abelsonite is triclinic, space-group aspect P*, with cell dimensions (Weissenberg), a = 8.44, b = 11.12, c = 7.28A, ..cap alpha.. = 90/sup 0/53', ..beta.. = 113/sup 0/45', ..gamma.. = 79/sup 0/34'; volume 613.8A/sup 3/, calculated density (for Z = 1) = 1.45 g/cm/sup 3/. The five strongest lines of the x-ray powder pattern (d value in A, relative intensity, indices) are 10.9 (100) 010, 3.77 (80) 111, 7.63 (50) 100, 5.79 (40) 110, 3.14 (40) 012. Ultraviolet, visible,more » and infrared spectra indicate that abelsonite is a deoxophylloerythroetioporphyrin, presumably a chlorophyll derivative. The mineral is named in honor of Philip H. Abelson, President, Carnegie Institution of Washington.« less

Authors:
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  1. George Washington Univ., Washington, DC
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6567336
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Am. Mineral.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 63:9 and 10
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
04 OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS; GREEN RIVER FORMATION; MINERALS; NICKEL ORES; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; PORPHYRINS; ABSORPTION SPECTRA; COLOR; DRILL CORES; INFRARED SPECTRA; ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA; VISIBLE RADIATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; CARBOXYLIC ACIDS; COHERENT SCATTERING; DIFFRACTION; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; HETEROCYCLIC ACIDS; HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; ORES; ORGANIC ACIDS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; ORGANOLEPTIC PROPERTIES; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; RADIATIONS; SCATTERING; SPECTRA; 040201* - Oil Shales & Tar Sands- Site Geology- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Milton, C, Dwornik, E J, Estep-Barnes, P A, Finkelman, R B, Pabst, A, and Palmer, S. Abelsonite, nickel porphyrin, a new mineral from the Green River Formation, Utah. [C31H32N4Ni]. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Milton, C, Dwornik, E J, Estep-Barnes, P A, Finkelman, R B, Pabst, A, & Palmer, S. Abelsonite, nickel porphyrin, a new mineral from the Green River Formation, Utah. [C31H32N4Ni]. United States.
Milton, C, Dwornik, E J, Estep-Barnes, P A, Finkelman, R B, Pabst, A, and Palmer, S. 1978. "Abelsonite, nickel porphyrin, a new mineral from the Green River Formation, Utah. [C31H32N4Ni]". United States.
@article{osti_6567336,
title = {Abelsonite, nickel porphyrin, a new mineral from the Green River Formation, Utah. [C31H32N4Ni]},
author = {Milton, C and Dwornik, E J and Estep-Barnes, P A and Finkelman, R B and Pabst, A and Palmer, S},
abstractNote = {Abelsonite, a crystalline nickel porphyrin with the probable composition C/sub 31/H/sub 32/N/sub 4/Ni, has been found in eight drill cores in or near the Mahogany Zone oil shale of the Green River Formation in Uintah County, Utah. Associated authigenic minerals include orthoclase, pyrite, quartz, dolomite, analcime, and a K--Fe micaceous mineral. Abelsonite occurs as aggregates of platy crystals, as much as 3 mm long, that range in color from pink-purple to dark reddish-brown. The crystals are very soft (<3 on Mohs scale) and have a semimetallic to adamantine luster. Probable cleavage is (111). In transmitted light the color is red or reddish-brown, with intense absorption to reddish-brown. Its reaction with high-index liquids and its strong absorption prevented determination of optical characteristics. Abelsonite is triclinic, space-group aspect P*, with cell dimensions (Weissenberg), a = 8.44, b = 11.12, c = 7.28A, ..cap alpha.. = 90/sup 0/53', ..beta.. = 113/sup 0/45', ..gamma.. = 79/sup 0/34'; volume 613.8A/sup 3/, calculated density (for Z = 1) = 1.45 g/cm/sup 3/. The five strongest lines of the x-ray powder pattern (d value in A, relative intensity, indices) are 10.9 (100) 010, 3.77 (80) 111, 7.63 (50) 100, 5.79 (40) 110, 3.14 (40) 012. Ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectra indicate that abelsonite is a deoxophylloerythroetioporphyrin, presumably a chlorophyll derivative. The mineral is named in honor of Philip H. Abelson, President, Carnegie Institution of Washington.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6567336}, journal = {Am. Mineral.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 63:9 and 10,
place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {1}
}