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Cuprostibite

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Formula:
Cu
 
2
(Sb,Tl)
System:TetragonalColour:Steel grey to ...
Lustre:MetallicHardness:4
Name:Named in 1969 by C. Sorensen, Evgeny Ivanovich Semenov Semenov, Marianna Sergeevna Bezsmertnaya, and E. B. Khalezova from the Latin roots of the chemical composition, cupro- and stibium.
This page provides mineralogical data about Cuprostibite.

Classification of Cuprostibite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:2/A.01-70
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:2.AA.20

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
A : Alloys
A : Alloys of metalloids with Cu, Ag, Au
Dana 8th edition ID:2.4.11.1

2 : SULFIDES
4 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Hey's CIM Ref.:1.45

1 : Elements and Alloys (including the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au)
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Type Occurrence of Cuprostibite

Type Locality:Nakalak Mt (Nakalaq; Nakkaalaaq), Tasseq area, Ilímaussaq complex, Narsaq, Kujalleq, Greenland
Year of Discovery:1969
Geological Setting of type material:Ussingite vein cutting sodalite syenite.
Associated Minerals at type locality:
SilverLöllingiteChalcopyriteChalcopyrite

Physical Properties of Cuprostibite

Lustre:Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Steel grey to violet-rose on fresh fracture
Hardness (Mohs):4
Hardness (Vickers):VHN50=216 - 249 kg/mm2
Cleavage:Distinct/Good
In one direction
Fracture:Irregular/Uneven
Density (calculated):8.42 g/cm3

Crystallography of Cuprostibite

Crystal System:Tetragonal
Class (H-M):4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:P4/nmm {P4/n 21/m 2/m}
Space Group Setting:P4/nmm
Cell Parameters:a = 3.990Å, c = 6.09Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 1.526
Unit Cell Volume:V 96.95 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:2
Morphology:Fine grained aggregates
Twinning:Platy

Optical Data of Cuprostibite

Type:Anisotropic
Anisotropism:strong
Colour in reflected light:Violet-rose
Pleochroism:Visible
Comments:Creamy white to dark rose-violet

Chemical Properties of Cuprostibite

Formula:
Cu
 
2
(Sb,Tl)
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu2(Sb,Tl)
Essential elements:Cu, Sb
All elements listed in formula:Cu, Sb, Tl
Common Impurities:Zn,Ag,Pb,Fe,As,S

Relationship of Cuprostibite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
2.AA.10aAlgodonite
(Cu
 
1-x
As
 
x
)
2.AA.10bDomeykite
Cu
 
3
As
2.AA.10dKoutekite
Cu
 
5
As
 
2
2.AA.15Novakite
Cu
 
20
AgAs
 
10
2.AA.25Kutinaite
Ag
 
6
Cu
 
14
As
 
7
2.AA.30Allargentum
(Ag
 
1-x
Sb
 
x
)
2.AA.35Dyscrasite
Ag
 
3
Sb
2.AA.40Maldonite
Au
 
2
Bi
2.AA.45Stistaite
SnSb
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
1.1Copper
Cu
1.2Silver
Ag
1.5Gold
Au
1.6Auricupride
Cu
 
3
Au
1.7Tetra-auricupride
AuCu
1.8Zinc
Zn
1.9Cadmium
Cd
1.10Danbaite
CuZn
 
2
1.11Zhanghengite
CuZn
1.12Mercury
Hg
1.13Kolymite
Cu
 
7
Hg
 
6
1.14Moschellandsbergite
Ag
 
2
Hg
 
3
1.15Eugenite
Ag
 
11
Hg
 
2
1.16Schachnerite
Ag
 
1.1
Hg
 
0.9
1.17Paraschachnerite
Ag
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.18Luanheite
Ag
 
3
Hg
1.19Weishanite
(Au,Ag)
 
3
Hg
 
2
1.20Indium
In
1.21Aluminium
Al
1.22Khatyrkite
(Cu,Zn)Al
 
2
1.23Cupalite
(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24Diamond
C
1.25Graphite
C
1.26Chaoite
C
1.27Lonsdaleite
C
1.28Silicon
Si
1.29Tin
Sn
1.30Lead
Pb
1.31Anyuiite
Au(Pb,Sb)
 
2
1.31Novodneprite
AuPb
 
3
1.32Leadamalgam
Pb
 
0.7
Hg
 
0.3
1.33Arsenic
As
1.34Arsenolamprite
As
1.35Paxite
CuAs
 
2
1.36Koutekite
Cu
 
5
As
 
2
1.37Domeykite
Cu
 
3
As
1.38Algodonite
(Cu
 
1-x
As
 
x
)
1.39Novakite
Cu
 
20
AgAs
 
10
1.40Kutinaite
Ag
 
6
Cu
 
14
As
 
7
1.41Antimony
Sb
1.42Stibarsen
AsSb
1.43Paradocrasite
Sb
 
3
As
1.44Horsfordite
Cu, Sb
1.46Allargentum
(Ag
 
1-x
Sb
 
x
)
1.47Aurostibite
AuSb
 
2
1.48Dyscrasite
Ag
 
3
Sb
1.49Bismuth
Bi
1.50Maldonite
Au
 
2
Bi
1.51Sulphur
S
 
8
1.52Rosickýite
S
1.53Selenium
Se
1.54Tellurium
Te
1.55Chromium
Cr
1.56Rhenium
Re
1.57Iron
Fe
1.58Chromferide
Fe
 
3
Cr
 
1-x
(x=0.6)
1.59Ferchromide
Cr
 
1.5
Fe
 
0.5-x
1.60Wairauite
CoFe
1.61Nickel
Ni
1.62Kamacite
(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite
(Fe,Ni)
1.64Tetrataenite
FeNi
1.65Awaruite
Ni
 
3
Fe
1.66Palladium
(Pd,Pt)
1.67Potarite
PdHg
1.68Paolovite
Pd
 
2
Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite
(Pd,Cu)
 
3
Sn
 
2
1.70Cabriite
Pd
 
2
CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I
(Pd,Cu,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.72Atokite
(Pd,Pt)
 
3
Sn
1.73Rustenburgite
(Pt,Pd)
 
3
Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite
(Pd,Pt,Au)
 
3
(Pb,Sn)
1.75Plumbopalladinite
Pd
 
3
Pb
 
2
1.76Osmium
(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium
(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82Platinum
Pt
1.83Hongshiite
PtCu
1.84Niggliite
PtSn
1.85Isoferroplatinum
Pt
 
3
Fe
1.86Tetraferroplatinum
PtFe
1.87Tulameenite
Pt
 
2
CuFe
1.88Ferronickelplatinum
Pt
 
2
FeNi
1.89Rhodium
(Rh,Pt)

Other Names for Cuprostibite

Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:锑铊铜矿

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Cuprostibite

Reference List:

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Arkiv för Kemi, Mineralogi och Geologi: 12B(1): 1-6.

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  • Localities for Cuprostibite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Czech Republic
     
    • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
      • Central Bohemia Region
        • Příbram
          • Háje
    Škácha P., Sejkora J., Litochleb J., Hofman P.: Výskyt cuprostibitu v příbramském uran-polymetalickém revíru (šachta 16, Příbram - Háje), Česká republika. Bulletin Mineralogicko-petrografického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze, 2009, roč. 17, č. 1, s. 73-78.
    France
     
    • Languedoc-Roussillon
      • Lozère
        • Pont-de-Montvert
          • Vialas
    No reference listed
    Greenland
     
    • Kujalleq
      • Narsaq
    Petersen, O.V. (2001): List of all minerals identified in the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin. 190, 25-33
    Karup-Moeller, S., Makovicky E. (2001): Thalcusite from Nakkaalaaq, the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland, South Greenland, Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin, 190, 127-130
    Sven Karup-Møller and Emil Makovicky (2001) Thalcusite from Nakkaalaaq, the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin 190, 127–130.; Fleischer M, Pabst A, Mandarino J A (1980) New mineral names, American Mineralogist 65, 205-210
          • Tasseq area
    Karup-Moeller, S., Makovicky E. (2001): Thalcusite from Nakkaalaaq, the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland, South Greenland, Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin, 190, 127-130
    Karup-Moeller, S., Makovicky E. (2001): Thalcusite from Nakkaalaaq, the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland, South Greenland, Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin, 190, 127-130
    Kazakhstan
     
    • Akmola Province (Aqmola Oblysy; Akmolinskaya Oblast')
    P.M. Kartashov data
    Russia
     
    • Urals Region
      • Southern Urals
        • Chelyabinsk Oblast'
          • Karabash (Karabasch)
            • Soimon Valley
    http://maurice.strahlen.org/ural/srednji.htm; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Bryzgalov, I. A., Krivitskaya, N. N., & Spiridonov, E. M. (2007, November). First finding of nisbite and aurostibite in the eastern Transbaikal region. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 417, No. 1, pp. 1265-1267). MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
    Sweden
     
    • Södermanland
      • Nyköping
        • Långsjön
    NJMMh 1982, 201
    • Värmland
      • Filipstad
    Nysten, P., Holtstam, D. and Jonsson, E. (1999) The Långban minerals. In Långban - The mines,their minerals, geology and explorers (D. Holtstam and J. Langhof, eds.), Swedish Museum of Natural History and Raster Förlag, Stockholm & Chr. Weise Verlag, Munich, pp. 89-183.
        • Långban district
    No reference listed
    UK
     
    • England
      • Co. Durham
        • North Pennines
          • Derwent Valley
            • Castleside
    R. S. W. Braithwaite, R. P. H. Lamb & A. L. Nattrass (2006): Heavy metals and their weathering products in residues from Castleside Smelting Mill, County Durham, including a new slag mineral, copper antimonate. Journal of the Russell Society, 9, 54-61.
    USA
     
    • New Jersey
      • Sussex Co.
        • Franklin Mining District
          • Franklin
    Burke, E.A.J. & Dunn, P.J.: Neues Jahrbuch für Min. Monatshefte (1988):145-148; Dunn(1995):Pt4:545.
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