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Stanniferous Copper

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Formula:
(Cu,Sn)
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

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

Chemical Properties of Stanniferous Copper

Formula:
(Cu,Sn)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Other Names for Stanniferous Copper

Name in Other Languages:
German:Bronze
Russian:Бронза

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 Stanniferous Copper

Reference List:
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.

Internet Links for Stanniferous Copper

Localities for Stanniferous Copper

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(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.
China
 
  • 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.)
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
Germany
 
  • 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.
Russia
 
  • 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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