1.3" Gleaming Molybdenite in Quartz - La Corne, Canada

This is an aggregation of molybdenite crystals in quartz, collected from La Corne in Québec, Canada. The molybdenite formed as thin sheets and displays a beautiful metallic luster. The entire specimen measures 1.3" wide and has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

This mineral specimen was collected by Tony Gordian.

Molybdenite is a lustrous grey mineral that forms hexagonal crystals in layered sheets. Its chemical composition is known as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and it typically has a similar appearance and feeling of graphite. It forms as alternating sheets of molybdenum atoms sandwiched between sulfur atoms.

Molybdenite is the most important ore of the metal molybdenum and is currently being researched as a possible replacement semiconductor for silicon in transistors in electronic chips.
Molybdenite & Quartz
La Corne, Abitibi RCM, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, Canada
Entire specimen: 1.3" wide