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Paratellurite

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Formula:
TeO
 
2
System:TetragonalColour:Greyish-white, pale ...
Lustre:ResinousHardness:1
Member of:Rutile Group
Dimorph of:Tellurite
This page provides mineralogical data about Paratellurite.

Classification of Paratellurite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:4/D.02-50
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:4.DE.25

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
D : Metal: Oxygen = 1:2 and similar
E : With medium-sized cations; with various polyhedra
Dana 8th edition ID:4.4.3.2

4 : SIMPLE OXIDES
4 : AX2
Hey's CIM Ref.:7.17.3

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
17 : Oxides of Se and Te
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Type Occurrence of Paratellurite

Co-type Localities:Santa Rosa mine, Cananea, Mun. de Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Moctezuma Mine (Bambolla Mine), Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Year of Discovery:1960

Physical Properties of Paratellurite

Lustre:Resinous
Colour:Greyish-white, pale yellow, creamy yellow
Hardness (Mohs):1

Crystallography of Paratellurite

Crystal System:Tetragonal
Cell Parameters:a = 4.81Å, c = 7.61Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 1.582
Unit Cell Volume:V 176.07 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Chemical Properties of Paratellurite

Formula:
TeO
 
2
Simplified for copy/paste:TeO2
Essential elements:O, Te
All elements listed in formula:O, Te
CAS Registry number:7446-07-3

CAS Registry numbers are published by the American Chemical Society

Relationship of Paratellurite to other Species

Member of:Rutile Group
Other Members of Group:

- +
Argutite
GeO
 
2
Cassiterite
SnO
 
2
Plattnerite
PbO
 
2
Pyrolusite
MnO
 
2
Rutile
TiO
 
2
Stishovite
SiO
 
2
Tripuhyite
Fe
3+
 
Sb
5+
 
O
 
4
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
4.DE.05Downeyite
SeO
 
2
4.DE.10Koragoite
(Mn
2+
 
,Fe
3+
 
)
 
3
(Nb,Ta,Ti)
 
2
(Nb,Mn)
 
2
(W,Ta)
 
2
O
 
20
4.DE.15Koechlinite
Bi
 
2
MoO
 
6
4.DE.15Russellite
Bi
 
2
WO
 
6
4.DE.15Tungstibite
Sb
3+
2
WO
 
6
4.DE.20Tellurite
TeO
 
2
4.DE.30Bismutotantalite
Bi(Ta,Nb)O
 
4
4.DE.30Bismutocolumbite
Bi(Nb,Ta)O
 
4
4.DE.30Cervantite
Sb
3+
 
Sb
5+
 
O
 
4
4.DE.30Stibiotantalite
Sb(Ta,Nb)O
 
4
4.DE.30Stibiocolumbite
Sb(Nb,Ta)O
 
4
4.DE.30Clinocervantite
Sb
3+
 
Sb
5+
 
O
 
4
4.DE.35Baddeleyite
ZrO
 
2
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
7.17.1Downeyite
SeO
 
2
7.17.2Tellurite
TeO
 
2
7.17.4Chiluite
Bi
 
3
Te
6+
 
Mo
6+
 
O
 
10.5

Other Names for Paratellurite

Other Languages:
German:Paratellurit
Russian:Парателлурит
Simplified Chinese:副黄碲矿
Spanish:Paratellurita

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.
External LinksSearch for toxicity information at the United States National Library of Medicine

References for Paratellurite

Reference List:

- +
American Mineralogist (1960): 45: 1272-1274.

Bulletin Society Géol. Belg. (1976): 99: 54.

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  • Localities for Paratellurite

    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.
    Belgium
     
    • Luxembourg Province
      • Stavelot Massif
        • Vielsalm
    du Ry, P., Fouassin, M., Jedwab, J. & Van Tassel, R. (1976): Occurence de chalcoalumite, de minéraux de tellure (teinéite et paratellurite) et de béryl à Salmchâteau, Ardennes belges. Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique, 99, 47.
    Chile
     
    • Coquimbo Region
      • Elqui Province
        • El Indio deposit
    M.Dini collectioni - analysed with EDX, PDf & microprobe (by dr. Jochen Schluter)
    maurizio dini collection - analysed material; http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~mineralogische-sammlungen-dmg/analysen/winstanleyit.htm; Back, M.E., Grice, J.D., Gault, R.A., Criddle, A.J. & Mandarino, J.A. (1999): Walfordite, a new tellurite from the Wendy open pit, El Indio - Tambo mining property, Chile. Canadian Mineralogist 37, 1261-1268.
    Japan
     
    • Honshu Island
      • Chubu Region
        • Shizuoka Prefecture
          • Shimoda City
            • Rendaiji
    Sakurai & Kato (1965) Kobutsu-Gaku Zasshi (Journal of the Mineralogical Society of Japan), 7, 346-347.
    Mexico
     
    • Sonora
      • Mun. de Cananea
        • Cananea
    Amer.Min.(1960) 45, 1272-1274
      • Mun. de Moctezuma
        • Moctezuma
    Amer.Min.(1960) 45, 1272-1274
    No reference listed
    Russia
     
    • Far-Eastern region
      • Sakhalinskaya Oblast'
        • Kuril Islands
          • Kunashir Island
    P.M. Kartashov data; V.A. Kovalenker, O.Yu. Plotinskaya (2005): Te and Se mineralogy of Ozernovskoe and Prasolovskoe epithermal gold deposits, Kuril – Kamchatka volcanic belt. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology 43, 118-123. [http://www.geology.bas.bg/mineralogy/gmp_files/gmp43/Kovalenker.pdf]
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • Cochise Co.
        • Mule Mts
          • Warren District
    [MinRec 24:421]
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 321; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
        • Tombstone Hills
          • Tombstone District
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 269, 321.
    • Colorado
      • Boulder Co.
        • Jamestown District
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
        • Magnolia District
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • Nevada
      • White Pine Co.
        • Ward District
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; Am Min 49:1143-1145
    • New Mexico
      • Catron Co.
        • Wilcox District
          • Lone Pine Hill area
    self-collected, xrf & eds confirmed (Paul Hlava)
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