Litharge

litharge

plattnerite

massicot

hydrocerussite

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Formula: PbO simple oxide
Specific gravity: 9.14
Hardness: 2
Streak: Red
Colour: Red
Solubility: Litharge is easily fusible, and soluble in hydrochloric and nitric acid. Slowly soluble in alkalis (Dana)
Environment

Metamorphic environments
Hydrothermal environments

Litharge occurs as an alteration product of other lead-bearing minerals. Associated minerals include lead, galena, massicot, plattnerite and hydrocerussite (HOM).
Litharge converts to massicot, at 488oC (Mindat).

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