The Mineral calomel
Calomel is an uncommon mineral found in mercury deposits. It is one of the better-known mercury compounds, and may even be associated together with Native Mercury
liquid droplets. Calomel is often found together with Cinnabar
, the most common mercury compound, and may form as an alteration
product of the Cinnabar.
Calomel derives its name from the Greek term "kalos", beautiful and "melos", black, in reference to its habit of turning black when coming into contact with ammonia.
Colorless, white, light yellow, cream, gray. May darken upon prolonged exposure to light.
1 - 2
Transparent to translucent
6.4 - 6.5
|Other ID Marks
May be very strongly fluorescent with an orange to orange-red color.
Color and luster, occurrence in known mercury deposits, sectility, and strong fluorescence.
As a secondary mineral in mercury deposits.
Calomel is an ore of mercury.
Calomel is an uncommon mineral, found primarily in known mercury deposits. Some of the better known localities for this mineral include Landsberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany; Terlingua, Brewster Co., Texas; and the Challenge deposit, Emerald Lake Hills, San Mateo Co., California.
Common Mineral Associations
Cinnabar, Mercury, Metacinnabar, Calcite, Terlinguaite, Eglestonite