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Bisbeeite

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Formula:
(Cu,Mg)SiO3·nH2O
Colour:
Blue
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

Discredited
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

Colour:
Blue

Chemical Properties of Bisbeeite

Formula:
(Cu,Mg)SiO3·nH2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

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 Bisbeeite

Reference List:
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.

Internet Links for Bisbeeite

Localities for Bisbeeite

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
 
  • Córdoba
    • Colón Department
      • Dumesnil
(Juan Carlos Lodovichi specimen)
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137; Laurent, Y. & R. Pierrot (1962), Nouvelles données sur la bisbeeite, Bull. Soc. Franc. Min. Crist.: 85: 177-180.
A. M. I. Martins collection
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137; Laurent, Y. & R. Pierrot (1962), Nouvelles données sur la bisbeeite, Bull. Soc. Franc. Min. Crist.: 85: 177-180
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Mule Mts
        • Warren District
          • Bisbee
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137; Schaller, W.T. (1915), Four new minerals, Jour. Wash. Acad. Sci.: 5: 7; Laurent, Y. & R. Pierrot (1962), Nouvelles données sur la bisbeeite, Bull. Soc. Franc. Min. Crist.: 85: 177-180.
    • Greenlee Co.
      • Shannon Mts
        • Copper Mountain District (Clifton-Morenci District)
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137.
    • Pima Co.
      • Ajo District
        • Little Ajo Mts
          • Ajo
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137.
    • Pinal Co.
      • Tortolita Mts
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137, 183, 272, 330, 383; Bideaux, R.A., et al (1960), Some new occurrences of minerals of AZ, AZ Geol.Soc.Digest: 3: 53-56; Oosterwyck-Gastuche, Mme. van (1967), Etude des silicates de cuivre du Katanga, Mus. Roy. Africa Centrale Ann. Ser.: 8: 58.
    • Santa Cruz Co.
      • Patagonia Mts
        • Harshaw District
          • Harshaw
            • Hardshell Gulch
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 137-138.
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