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Wulfenite Lead Molybdate
PbMoO4

Wulfenite is a mineral which is very popular among mineral collectors around the world. The strong color, nice luster and its one-of-a-kind crystal habits have made it so popular. It has been named after an Austrian mineralogist, Franz Xavier Wulfen (1728-1805).

Wulfenite is most commonly found as thin tabular crystals having bright orange-red to yellow-orange color. Sometimes it is also found in brown color. The yellow form of Wulfenite is sometimes called "yellow lead ore."

Wulfenite is mostly found in the various localities which are associated with lead ores.

Physical Properties of Wulfenite

Color Red, orange, yellow, silver and white
Luster Vitreous
Transparency Crystals are transparent to translucent
Crystal system Tetragonal; 4/m or 4
Crystal habits Very thin square or octahedral pinacoidal plates with pyramidal faces truncating just to the edges of the crystal.
Cleavage Perfect in one direction
Hardness 3
Specific gravity Approximately 6.8 (It is very heavy for translucent minerals)
Fracture Conchoidal
Streak White

Associated Minerals of Wulfenite

Uses of Wulfenite

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