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molybdenite




molybdenite
Molybdenite.
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A soft, gray sulfide mineral (MoS2), the chief ore of molybdenum. It is found in pegmatites, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. It has hexagonal system tabular prisms, flakes, and fine granules and is lead-gray in color with a metallic luster. Hardness 1–1.5, relative density 4.7.

Purified molybdenite has properties very similar to those of graphite, and is used as a lubricant (see lubrication).


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