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Stanniferous Copper

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Colour:pink, bronze, yellow, ...
A variety of Copper

Natural copper-tin alloys (i.e. bronzes). Tin contents may vary in a wide range, from a few percents up to 35% and more. Subordinate contents of lead are also often present.

The material reported by Xu et al. (1987) corresponds to α-CuSn in the copper-tin phase diagram (its stoichiometry corresponds approximately to Cu18Sn).

Compare with Eta-bronze.

Classification of Stanniferous Copper

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Physical Properties of Stanniferous Copper

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:pink, bronze, yellow, white
Comment:colours are given from low- to high-tin varieties
Cleavage:None Observed

Chemical Properties of Stanniferous Copper

Essential elements:Cu
All elements listed in formula:Cu, Sn

Other Names for Stanniferous Copper

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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 Stanniferous Copper

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Zexian Xu, Runji Zhang, Zhenyun Liu, and Xingtu Sheng (1987): A study on stanniferous native copper. Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 6(4), 351-357 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Xie Yuling, Hou Zengqian, Xu Jiuhua, Yuan Zhongxin, Bai Ge, and Li Xiaoyu (2006): Discovery of Cu-Zn, Cu-Sn intermetallic minerals and its significance for genesis of the Mianning-Dechang REE Metallogenic Belt, Sichuan Province, China. Science in China Series D 49(6), 597-603.

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  • Localities for Stanniferous Copper

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    (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.
    • Henan Province
      • Nanyang Prefecture
        • Xichuan Co.
    Zexian Xu, Runji Zhang, Zhenyun Liu, and Xingtu Sheng (1987): Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 6(4), 351-357
    • Qinghai Province
      • Haixi Autonomous Prefecture
        • Golmud Co. (Ge'ermu Co.)
          • Qimantage Mtns
    Zhang Dequan, Wang Yan, Feng Chengyou, Li Daxin, Yan Shenghao, and Cui Yanhe (2002): Mineral Deposits 21(3), 213-222
    • Sichuan Province
      • Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture
        • Dechang Co.
    Xie Yuling, Hou Zengqian, Xu Jiuhua, Yuan Zhongxin, Bai Ge, and Li Xiaoyu (2006): Science in China, Series D (Earth Sciences), 49(6), 597-603.
        • Mianning Co.
    Yuling Xie, Zengqian Hou, Jiuhua Xu, Zhongxin Yuan, Ge Bai, and Xiaoyu Li (2005): Science in China, Series D (Earth Sciences) 35(6), 572-577
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Eifel
        • Mechernich
          • Kall
    Blaß, G. & Graf, H. W. (1995): Neufunde von Schlackenhalden in der nördlichen Eifel (II). Mineralien-Welt, 6 (3), 28-31.
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
        • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
          • Vitim Plateau
    Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data (2011)
    • Northern Region
      • Karelia Republic
        • Northern Karelia
    Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data (1987)
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