A silvery white mineral that is an important cobalt ore. Cobaltite is a combined sulfur and arsenic salt of cobalt. It is mined in Canada (Ontario), Zaire, Azerbaijan, India (Rajasthan), England, Norway, and Sweden (Tunaberg). Cobaltite has a metallic luster with a grayish black streak. It is brittle and fractures irregularly.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cobalt glance; cobaltite (Fr.); cobaltita (Esp.); Kobaltglanz (Deut.); cobaltiet (Ned.)
Isometric crystalline system, often found as cubes. Fracture = uneven; brittle. Cleavage =perfect in one direction. Luster = metallic. Streak = grayish black.
Hazards and Safety
Inhalation of dust is toxic.
Mineralogy Database: Cobaltite
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "cobaltite" [Accessed December 11, 2001
- C.W.Chesterman, K.E.Lowe, Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979