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|Name:||Named after Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona, from where it was first described.|
Originally described from Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA.
Classification of Bisbeeite
|Explanation of status:||A rare, poorly defined, secondary copper mineral. Defined by Schaller (1915), reviewed by Laurent & Pierrot (1962), who studied type material and compared it with African occurrences. Their studies confirmed it as a distinct species. Bisbeeite from the Grandview Mine (reported by Rogers, 1922) was later found to be cyanotrichite (Gordon, 1923). Oosterwyck-Gastuche (1967) concluded that the validity of bisbeeite was doubtful after examining material from another locality.|
Discredited by CNMMN (1977) = chrysocolla.
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Physical Properties of Bisbeeite
Chemical Properties of Bisbeeite
|Simplified for copy/paste:||(Cu,Mg)SiO3·nH2O|
|Essential elements:||Cu, H, O, Si|
|All elements listed in formula:||Cu, H, Mg, O, Si|
|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 Bisbeeite
Schaller, W.T. (1915), Four new minerals, Jour. Wash. Acad. Sci.: 5: 7
Rogers, A. F. (1922): The optical properties and morphology of bisbeeite. American Mineralogist 7, 153-154.
Gordon, S. G. (1923): Recently described "bisbeeite" from the Grand Canyon is cyanotrichite. American Mineralogist 8, 92-93.
Laurent, Y. & R. Pierrot (1962): Nouvelles données sur la bisbeeite, Bull. Soc. Franc. Minéral. Cristallogr. 85: 177-180.
Oosterwyck-Gastuche, Mme. van (1967): Etude des silicates de cuivre du Katanga, Mus. Roy. Africa Centrale Ann. Ser. 8: 58.
Van Oosterwyck-Gastuche, M. C. (1968): Nomenclature of some Katangan copper silicates. Plancheite-shattuckite-bisbeeite-Katangite minerals. Ann. Soc. Géol. Belg. 91, 401-422 (in French).
Bennett, K.C. (1975): Geology and origin of the breccias in the Morenci-Metcalf district, Greenlee Co., AZ, Univ. AZ, M.S. thesis, xx pp.
Bideaux, R.A. et al. (1960): Some new occurrences of minerals of Arizona. AZ Geol. Soc. Digest: 3: 53-56.
Mineralogical Magazine 43 (1980), 1054.
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Localities for Bisbeeite
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.