The labyrinthine world of arsenic minerals has piqued the curiosity of many researchers in mineralogy, geochemistry, chemistry, and environmental sciences. Arsenic was known to the ancient civilizations; there are written Greek, Roman, and Chinese reports about minerals and substances of this element (Emsley 2001). The discovery of elemental arsenic is attributed to Albertus Magnus (1193–1280) who prepared it by reduction of As2O3. The common public association of arsenic and poison is the heritage of a long history of eliminating unwanted and unloved ones with compounds of this element. Mary Ann Cotton (1832–1873) was charged...

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