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Domeykite

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Ignacy Domeyko
Formula:
Cu3As
System:
Isometric
Colour:
Tin white - steel grey
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
3 - 3½
Name:
Named by Wilhelm Haidinger in 1845 in honor of the Polish mineralogist Ignacy "Ignacio" Domeyko [July 31, 1802 Niedźwiadka Wielka, Russian partition of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (later part of Karelichy district, Belarus) - January 23, 1889 Santiago, Chile] who fled to Chile in the 1830s fron France, after the invasion of his native country. Domeyko was professor of mineralogy at the Mining School at La Sarena, Coquimbo, Chile in 1838 and was professor at University of Chile in 1847. From 1867 to 1883, Domeyko was the head (rector) of the University of Chile.
[Note: the presently given type locality appears to be incorrect, see discussion in http://www.mineralienatlas.de/forum/index.php?topic=23464 (in German)]

Classification of Domeykite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered" 1845
2.AA.10b

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
A : Alloys
A : Alloys of metalloids with Cu, Ag, Au
2.2.2.1

2 : SULFIDES
2 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:1
1.37

1 : Elements and Alloys (including the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au)
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First Recorded Occurrence of Domeykite

Year of Discovery:
1845

Occurrences of Domeykite

Geological Setting:
Hydrothermal veins

Physical Properties of Domeykite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Tin white - steel grey
Comment:
Tarnishes yellowish, then brownish, finally iridescent
Hardness (Mohs):
3 - 3½
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN100=213 - 235 kg/mm2
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
7.2 - 7.9 g/cm3 (Measured)    7.86 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Domeykite

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Space Group:
I4 3d
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.62Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 890.28 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
16
Morphology:
Reniform, botyroidal, massive

Optical Data of Domeykite

Type:
Isotropic

Chemical Properties of Domeykite

Formula:
Cu3As
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Sb,S

Relationship of Domeykite to other Species

Common Associates:
2.AA.10aAlgodonite(Cu1-xAsx)
2.AA.10dKoutekiteCu5As2
2.AA.15NovákiteCu20AgAs10
2.AA.20CuprostibiteCu2(Sb,Tl)
2.AA.25KutinaiteAg6Cu14As7
2.AA.30Allargentum(Ag1-xSbx)
2.AA.35DyscrasiteAg3Sb
2.AA.40MaldoniteAu2Bi
2.AA.45StistaiteSnSb
1.1CopperCu
1.2SilverAg
1.5GoldAu
1.6AuricuprideCu3Au
1.7Tetra-auricuprideAuCu
1.8ZincZn
1.9CadmiumCd
1.10DanbaiteCuZn2
1.11ZhanghengiteCuZn
1.12MercuryHg
1.13KolymiteCu7Hg6
1.14MoschellandsbergiteAg2Hg3
1.15EugeniteAg11Hg2
1.16SchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.17ParaschachneriteAg3Hg2
1.18LuanheiteAg3Hg
1.19Weishanite(Au,Ag)3Hg2
1.20IndiumIn
1.21AluminiumAl
1.22Khatyrkite(Cu,Zn)Al2
1.23Cupalite(Cu,Zn)Al
1.24DiamondC
1.25GraphiteC
1.26ChaoiteC
1.27LonsdaleiteC
1.28SiliconSi
1.29TinSn
1.30LeadPb
1.31AnyuiiteAu(Pb,Sb)2
1.31NovodnepriteAuPb3
1.32LeadamalgamPb0.7Hg0.3
1.33ArsenicAs
1.34ArsenolampriteAs
1.35PaxiteCuAs2
1.36KoutekiteCu5As2
1.38Algodonite(Cu1-xAsx)
1.39NovákiteCu20AgAs10
1.40KutinaiteAg6Cu14As7
1.41AntimonySb
1.42StibarsenAsSb
1.43ParadocrasiteSb3As
1.44HorsforditeCu, Sb
1.45CuprostibiteCu2(Sb,Tl)
1.46Allargentum(Ag1-xSbx)
1.47AurostibiteAuSb2
1.48DyscrasiteAg3Sb
1.49BismuthBi
1.50MaldoniteAu2Bi
1.51SulphurS8
1.52RosickýiteS
1.53SeleniumSe
1.54TelluriumTe
1.55ChromiumCr
1.56RheniumRe
1.57IronFe
1.58ChromferideFe3Cr1-x (x=0.6)
1.59FerchromideCr3Fe1-x
1.60WairauiteCoFe
1.61NickelNi
1.62Kamacite(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite(Fe,Ni)
1.64TetrataeniteFeNi
1.65AwaruiteNi3Fe
1.66Palladium(Pd,Pt)
1.67PotaritePdHg
1.68PaolovitePd2Sn
1.69Stannopalladinite(Pd,Cu)3Sn2
1.70CabriitePd2CuSn
1.71Taimyrite-I(Pd,Cu,Pt)3Sn
1.72Atokite(Pd,Pt)3Sn
1.73Rustenburgite(Pt,Pd)3Sn
1.74Zvyagintsevite(Pd,Pt,Au)3(Pb,Sn)
1.75PlumbopalladinitePd3Pb2
1.76Osmium(Os,Ir,Ru)
1.77Iridium(Ir,Os,Ru)
1.82PlatinumPt
1.83HongshiitePtCu
1.84NiggliitePtSn
1.85IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
1.86TetraferroplatinumPtFe
1.87TulameenitePt2CuFe
1.88FerronickelplatinumPt2FeNi
1.89Rhodium(Rh,Pt)

Other Names for Domeykite

Name in Other Languages:

Other Information

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

References for Domeykite

Reference List:
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 172.

Geological Society of America Memoir 85 (1962): 30.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 145 (1977), 334.

Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh & Nichols (1990), Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. I: 138.

Zapiski Vserossiskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchetstva (2002): 131(5), 54.

Canadian Journal of Chemistry: 38: 2477-2481.

Economic Geology: 66: 133-139.

Internet Links for Domeykite

Localities for Domeykite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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.
Argentina
 
  • Neuquén
    • Picún Leufú department
      • Picún Leufú
Las Especies Minerales de la Republica Argentina, Milka K. de Brodtkorb, Asociacion Mineralogica Argentina 2002
Austria
 
  • Styria
    • Knittelfeld
      • Flatschach
        • Cu deposit (Schönberg)
Jarlowsky, W. (1964): Die Kupfererzgänge von Flatschach bei Knittelfeld. Archiv für Lagerstättenforschung in den Ostalpen, 2, 32-75; Paar, W.H. & Meixner, H. (1979): Neues aus den Kupfererz-Gängen des Flatschacher Bergbau-Reviers bei Knittelfeld, Steiermark. Karinthin, 81: 148-150.; Gröbner, J. (2000): Neue Mineralienfunde aus Österreich (2). Mineralien-Welt, 11 (5), 49-51.
Paar, W.H. & Meixner, H. (1979): Neues aus den Kupfererz-Gängen des Flatschacher Bergbau-Reviers bei Knittelfeld, Steiermark. Karinthin, 81: 148-150.
Bolivia
 
  • La Paz Department
    • Pacajes Province
[MinRec 32:469; Metal Mining Mining Geology, A.I.M.E. (1937): 541-558.]; J. T. Singewald Jr. & Edward Berry (1922)
J. T. Singewald Jr. & Edward Berry (1922)
Geology and Mineral Resources of the Altiplano and Cordillera Occidental, Bolivia (USGS Bulletin no. 1975)
Canada
 
  • New Brunswick
    • Gloucester Co.
      • Bathurst Parish
        • Bathurst Mining Camp
"Geology of New Brunswick: field guide to excursions", New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, 1973. http://digital.unh.edu/fedora/objects/neigc:0012/datastreams/APPLICATION-PDF/content?download=true
Sabina (1966) GSC Paper 66-51, 46-47
  • Ontario
    • Thunder Bay District
Copper Handbook 1905
      • Sibley Township
        • Silver Islet
[MinRec 1996]; Sessional papers (1908) - Legislature of the Province of Ontario, Volume XL Part 1
Chile
 
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
sample analysed by Tony Kampf, senior curator of NHM of LAC, California
  • Atacama Region
    • Copiapó Province
      • Chañarcillo
Handb.best.Mineral.(1845) p. 562
      • Potrero Grande
I. Domeyko collection Mineralogical Museum in La Serena, Chile; Jochen Schlüter analysis of M. Dini material
Day G. (1933); "Informe sobre las minas de plata denominadas Guía de Picones y Descubridora de San Antonio de Copiapó": Sernageomin, Stgo de Chile.
Day G. (1933); "Informe sobre las minas de plata denominadas Guías de Picones y Descubridora de San Antonio de Copiapó": Sernageomin, Stgo de Chile.
      • Tierra Amarilla
        • Pampa Larga district
Samples analysed by Tony Kampf of LAC Mineralogical Museum, USA
  • Coquimbo Region
    • Elqui Province
      • La Serena
        • El Arrayan
          • Los Algodones district
W. Haidinger (1845) Hannb. besimm. Min. p.562
China
 
  • Zhejiang Province
    • Wenzhou Prefecture
      • Pingyang Co.
Lina Peng, Junhao Wei, Xiaoyan Sun, Yanjun Li, and Zefu Ye (2009): Geology and Exploration 45(5), 577-587
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Hradec Králové Region
      • Náchod (Nachod)
Černý, P., Doubek, Z., Veselovský, F.: Nerosty z Bělovsi u Náchoda – Jiráskova lomu. Minerál, roč. 11, č. 6, s. 406-418.
France
 
  • Auvergne
    • Haute-Loire
      • Lubilhac
J.J. Périchaud : "Les Gisements Métalliques du District à Antimoine de Brioude-Massiac (Massif Central Français)", BRGM, 1968
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
    • Hérault
      • Lodève
No reference listed
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    • Alpes-Maritimes
      • Guillaumes
        • Daluis
R. Pierrot, P. Picot, J. Feraud, J. Vernet : "Inventaire Minéralogique de la France, N° 4, Alpes Maritimes", BRGM, 1974; [MinRec 32:312]; Riviéra Scientific:85:3-12, 2001 (15 Oct 2001), Sarp, et al.; Sarp, H. and Cerny R., 2001, Theoparacelsite, Cu3(OH)2As2O7, a new mineral: its description and crystal structure: Archs Sci. Geneve, 54:7-14.
    • Hautes-Alpes
      • Villar d'Arène
R. Pierrot, P. Picot, P.A. Poulain, "Inventaire Minéralogique de la France : Hautes-Alpes", BRGM, 1972
Germany
 
  • Bavaria
    • Franconia
      • Spessart
        • Aschaffenburg
          • Dörrmorsbach
A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
        • Hösbach
          • Sailauf
            • Hartkoppe
see locality page
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Palatinate
      • Winnweiler
        • Imsbach
Rahm, B. (2014). Algodonit: Neufund eines seltenen Kupferarsenides. Aufschluss, 65, 73-77 (in German). (p. 76; analysis by Dr. G. Müller, Saarbrücken))
  • Saarland
    • Nonnweiler
      • Kastel
G. Müller
  • Schleswig-Holstein
    • Helgoland Island
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990 Markus Gerstmann - Collection
Hungary
 
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
    • Rudabányai Mts
      • Rudabánya
Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
Iran
 
  • Esfahan Province (Isfahan Province; Aspadana Province)
    • Nain County (Nayin County)
      • Anarak District
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990
Italy
 
  • Liguria
    • La Spezia Province
      • Rocchetta Vara
Palenzona, A. (1990): I nostri minerali. Geologia e mineralogia in Liguria. Aggiornamento 1990. EE. VV. 48 pp.
Kazakhstan
 
  • Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast')
    • Dzhezkazgan (Zhezqazghan)
Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
Namibia
 
  • Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto)
    • Tsumeb
Ettler, V., Johan, Z., Kříbek, B., Šebek, O. & Mihaljevič, M. (2009): Mineralogy and environmental stability of slags from the Tsumeb smelter, Namibia. Applied Geochemistry 24, 1-15.
New Zealand
 
  • North Island
    • Northland
Railton, G.L. & Watters, W.A., Minerals of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey Bull. #104 (1990).
Russia
 
  • Far-Eastern Region
    • Primorskiy Kray
      • Kavalerovo Mining District
[MinRec 32:8]
Sweden
 
  • 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.
      • Persberg district
        • Pajsberg
Nysten, P. (1984): Copperarsenides from Harstigen, central Sweden. Geologiska Föreningen i Stockholm Förhandlingar. 106, 293-294
Switzerland
 
  • Vaud (Waadt)
    • Leysin
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. und Stuker, P. (1998): Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz. Wepf Verlag, Basel, 579 pp.
UK
 
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Camborne - Redruth - St Day District
        • Camborne
          • Pendarves United Mines
Dana 6:44; Dana 7:I:172.; Mineralogical Magazine 1958 31 : 979-980
        • Carn Brea
          • Carn Brea and Tincroft United Mine
Lapis 11(2), 23 (1986)
        • Gwennap
          • St Day United Mines (Poldice Mines)
Phillips, W. (1823): An Elementary Introduction to the Knowledge of Mineralogy, 3rd ed. William Phillips (London), 535 pp.
    • Devon
      • East Devon
        • Budleigh Salterton
from XRD and EPMA results - B. Smith
    • Leicestershire
      • Stanton under Bardon
UKJMM 26:43-51
USA
 
  • Colorado
    • La Plata Co.
      • La Plata District (California District)
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C. (2008): US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155.
    • Montrose Co.
      • La Sal District (Paradox Valley District)
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckels, E. B.
  • Michigan
www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-glm-rcim-geology-Minerals_Found_In_Michigan.Pdf.
      • Hancock
Rocks & Min.:58:109.
      • Houghton
Rocks & Min.:58:109.
Dana 7:I:172.
      • Hurontown
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
      • Painesdale
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
      • Ripley
    • Keweenaw Co.
      • Ahmeek
Rocks & Min.:58:111.
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
USGS PP144
USGS PP144
Dana 6:1086.
      • Copper Harbor
Mineralogy of Michigan (2004) Heinrich & Robinson
      • Mohawk
Rocks & Min.: 21:664.
Rocks & Min.: 58:111.
      • Phoenix
Norman King Collection
    • Ontonagon Co.
      • Greenland Township
        • Winona
USGS PP144
      • White Pine
R&M 74:3 p160-176
  • 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.
  • New Mexico
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd rev. ed., 1996
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. Ed., 1996
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
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