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Kostovite

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Formula:
CuAuTe
 
4
System:OrthorhombicColour:Grayish white
Hardness:2 - 2½
Name:For Professor Ivan Kostov (1913-2004), Bulgarian Mineralogist
This page provides mineralogical data about Kostovite.

Classification of Kostovite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:2/D.16-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:2.EA.15

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
E : Metal Sulfides, M: S <= 1:2
A : M:S = 1:2 - With Cu, Ag, Au
Dana 8th edition ID:2.12.13.4

2 : SULFIDES
12 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Hey's CIM Ref.:3.3.3

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
3 : Sulphides etc. of Au
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Type Occurrence of Kostovite

Type Locality:Chelopech Au-Cu Mine, Chelopech, Sofiya Oblast (Sofia Oblast), Bulgaria
Place of Conservation of Type Material:Geologicai Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the
University of Sofia, as well as in the Mineralogical Museum of the Academy
of Sciences of the USSR and the Mineragraphic Laboratory of
IGEM (Institute of Geology of the Ore Deposits,P
Year of Discovery:1966
Geological Setting of type material:Replacement copper deposit

Physical Properties of Kostovite

Lustre:Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Grayish white
Hardness (Mohs):2 - 2½
Hardness (Vickers):VHN25=0180 - 0186 kg/mm2
Tenacity:Brittle
Cleavage:Distinct/Good
Distinct in one direction
Density (calculated):07.94 g/cm3

Crystallography of Kostovite

Crystal System:Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:a = 16.5Å, b = 8.84Å, c = 4.42Å
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.867 : 1 : 0.5
Unit Cell Volume:V 644.70 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:4
Morphology:20-50 micron equant to slightly elongated grains.
Twinning:Fine lamellar

Optical Data of Kostovite

Type:Anisotropic
Anisotropism:Distinct: pinkish grayish brown, yellowish gray, brownish gray and reddish hues.
Colour in reflected light:Creamy white
Pleochroism:Visible
Comments:light creamy white (lighter)
to light creamy brownish (darker)

Chemical Properties of Kostovite

Formula:
CuAuTe
 
4
Simplified for copy/paste:CuAuTe4
Essential elements:Au, Cu, Te
All elements listed in formula:Au, Cu, Te
Common Impurities:Ag,Fe,Sb,S

Relationship of Kostovite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
2.EA.05Sylvanite
(Au,Ag)
 
2
Te
 
4
2.EA.10Calaverite
AuTe
 
2
2.EA.15Krennerite
(Au,Ag)Te
 
2
2.EA.20Berndtite
SnS
 
2
2.EA.20Kitkaite
NiTeSe
2.EA.20Melonite
NiTe
 
2
2.EA.20Merenskyite
(Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)
 
2
2.EA.20Moncheite
(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)
 
2
2.EA.20Shuangfengite
IrTe
 
2
2.EA.20Sudovikovite
PtSe
 
2
2.EA.25Verbeekite
PdSe
 
2
2.EA.30Drysdallite
Mo(Se,S)
 
2
2.EA.30Jordisite
MoS
 
2
2.EA.30Molybdenite
MoS
 
2
2.EA.30Tungstenite
WS
 
2
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
3.3.1Calaverite
AuTe
 
2
3.3.2Krennerite
(Au,Ag)Te
 
2
3.3.4Uytenbogaardtite
Ag
 
3
AuS
 
2
3.3.5Fischesserite
Ag
 
3
AuSe
 
2
3.3.6Petrovskaite
AuAg(S,Se)
3.3.7Petzite
Ag
 
3
AuTe
 
2
3.3.8Muthmannite
AuAgTe
 
2
3.3.9Sylvanite
(Au,Ag)
 
2
Te
 
4
3.3.10Penzhinite
(Ag,Cu)
 
4
Au(S,Se)
 
4
3.3.11Bezsmertnovite
(Au,Ag)
 
4
Cu(Te,Pb)
3.3.12Bilibinskite
PbCu
 
2
Au
 
3
Te
 
2
3.3.13Bogdanovite
(Au,Te,Pb)
 
3
(Cu,Fe)
3.3.14Montbrayite
(Au,Sb)
 
2
Te
 
3

Other Names for Kostovite

Synonyms:
IMA1965-002
Other Languages:
German:Kostovit
Simplified Chinese:针碲金铜矿
Spanish:Kostovita

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 Kostovite

Reference List:

- +
American Mineralogist (1966): 51: 29-36.

Mineralogical Magazine (1990): 54: 617.

Ivan K. Bonev, Rumen Petrunov, Nigel J. Cook, Cristiana L. Ciobanu (2005) Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. GEOCHEMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY • 42 • SOFIA • 2005 pp 1-22

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  • Localities for Kostovite

    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.
    Australia
     
    • Western Australia
    Frank Keutsch (reflected light and SEM/EDS study)
    Bulgaria
     
    • Sofiya Oblast (Sofia Oblast)
      • Chelopech
    Geol. Ore deposit (1966) no. 3, p. 37; Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
    China
     
    • Shandong Province
      • Linyi Prefecture
        • Pingyi Co.
          • Tongshi complex
    Anthony, J.W., et al.: Handbook of Mineralogy
    Fiji
     
    • Vanua Levu
      • Wailevu
        • Yanawai Goldfield
    Naden, Jon; Henney, P.J.. 1995 Characterisation of gold from Fiji. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 58pp. (WC/95/041) (Unpublished)
    Finland
     
    • Western and Inner Finland Region
      • Orivesi
    Economic Geology (1996) 91:1335-1353
    Ghana
     
    • Western Region
      • Ashanti gold belt
        • Obuasi
    Mineralogical Magazine 1990 54 : 617-627
    Greece
     
    • Aegean Islands Department (Aiyaíon)
      • Kykládes Prefecture
        • Cyclade Islands (Cyclades; Kikladhes; Nomos Kikladhon)
          • Tinos Island
    Ref.: Bernard, H. & Hyrsl, J., Minerals and Their Localities, 2004
    Japan
     
    • Honshu Island
      • Chubu Region
        • Shizuoka Prefecture
          • Shimoda City
            • Rendaiji
    Int Geol Congr (2008) Oslo. MRD-09
    Mexico
     
    • Sonora
      • Mun. de Moctezuma
    Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
    Papua New Guinea
     
    • Eastern Highlands Province
      • Kainantu
    ESPI, Joseph O., SPRY, Paul G., HAYASHI, Ken-ichiro, KOMURO, Kosei, and MURAKAMI, HiroyasuTHE BILIMOIA AU-BI-W-TE DEPOSIT, KAINANTU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA: GEOLOGY, MINERALOGY, AND CONDITIONS OF FORMATION 2006, Geological Society of America, Philadelphia Annual Meeting (22–25 October 2006)
    Russia
     
    • Urals Region
      • Southern Urals
        • Chelyabinsk Oblast'
          • Pervomayskiy
    Lehmann, B., Heinhorst, J., Hein, U., Neumann, M., Weisser, J.D., and Fedesejev, V. (1999): Mineralium Deposita 34, 241-249.
    Sweden
     
    • Värmland
      • Arvika
        • (Yttre Rud Mines) Glava
    Bonev, I.K.; Petrunov, R.; Cook, N. J.; Ciobanu, C. L. (2005): Kostovite and its argentian varieties: Deposits and mineral associations. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology. 42, 1-22
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • Cochise Co.
        • Mule Mts
          • Warren District
    [MinRec 24:421]
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 269; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
    • Colorado
      • Gunnison Co.
        • Vulcan District (Cebolla District; Domingo District)
          • Vulcan
    Frank Keutsch collection, polished section SEM/EDS and reflected light
      • Lake Co.
        • Alicante
          • Buckeye Gulch
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckels, E. B.
    Uzbekistan
     
    • Tashkent Viloyati (Toshkent)
      • Angren Region
        • Chatkal-Kuraminskii Range
    Eleonora A. Dunin-Barkovskaya, Umid K. Aripov, L.A. Tsoy, M.A. Kim (2005) Mineralogical features and ore-forming conditions of goldbearing deposits of Uzbekistan. GEOCHMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY 43 SOFIA pp 69-74
    Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990; GEOCHMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY • 4 3 • SOFIA pp 69-74
    Zimbabwe
     
    • Mashonaland West
      • Kadoma District
    Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
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