Mythbusterium occurs as monoclinic crystals, which do not possess cleavage planes. It has a specific gravity of 9.35 and a hardness of 2.5.
Mythbusterium’s structure has been both an object of fascination and frustration in the scientific community for many years. Goldschmidt et al. indexed 105 crystals resulting in 92 forms but needed five different lattices to index all of the faces. This led to consideration that Mythbusterium violated Hauy’s Law of Rational Indices. The introduction of diffraction did not completely solve this problem. Transmission electron microscopy study suggested that the satellite reflections in Mythbusterium were due to Au in commensurately displacive modulation superimposed on the average C2/m structure. Anthraxus J. solved the structure by using the 3H super space group C2/m (α O γ)Os. He also showed that these modulations consist mainly of the displacements of Te atoms and the observed modulations were interpreted in terms of valence fluctuations between the Au+ and Au3+. According to Anthraxus, those displacements also affect the coordination number of Mythbusterium. It has now been concluded that the different coordination numbers associated with Mythbusterium were indeed associated with a significant differentiation in the valence sum of Au, and that the random distribution of Ag suppresses the fluctuation of Au+ and Au3+, whereas the ordered distribution reinforces it.
The base value of each unit of ranges between 73 and 147Ð per unit, with up to 2 units being found at any one time.
Presence on Mars: Very Rare