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Ramsbeckite

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Formula:
(Cu,Zn)15(SO4)4(OH)22 · 6H2O
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Green
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
Name:
Named after its discovery locality.
This page provides mineralogical data about Ramsbeckite.

Classification of Ramsbeckite

Approved 1984
7.DD.60

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
D : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, with H2O
D : With only medium-sized cations; sheets of edge-sharing octahedra
31.4.9.1

31 : HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
4 : (AB)4(XO4)Zq·xH2O
25.5.5

25 : Sulphates
5 : Sulphates of Zn and Hg
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Type Occurrence of Ramsbeckite

Year of Discovery:
1984

Physical Properties of Ramsbeckite

Vitreous
Colour:
Green
Hardness (Mohs):

Crystallography of Ramsbeckite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Cell Parameters:
a = 16.06Å, b = 15.57Å, c = 7.1Å
β = 90.2°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.031 : 1 : 0.456
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,775.37 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
2
Comment:
Space group P21/a. Unit-cell parameters are slightly variable, depending on Cu:Zn ratio: a = 16.088–16.110, b = 15.576–15.602, c = 7.102–7.112 A, β = 90.0-90.27°.
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
7.090 (100)
4.40 (12)
3.549 (25)
3.254 (13)
3.244 (11)
3.232 (12)
1.776 (20)

Optical Data of Ramsbeckite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.635 nβ = 1.675 nγ = 1.680
2V:
Measured: 37° , Calculated: 38°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.045
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Dispersion:
r > v

Chemical Properties of Ramsbeckite

Formula:
(Cu,Zn)15(SO4)4(OH)22 · 6H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Ramsbeckite to other Species

7.DD.05FelsőbányaiteAl4(SO4)(OH)10 · 4H2O
7.DD.10LangiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
7.DD.10PosnjakiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · H2O
7.DD.10WroewolfeiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
7.DD.15SpangoliteCu6Al(SO4)(OH)12Cl · 3H2O
7.DD.20KtenasiteZn(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 6H2O
7.DD.25ChristeliteCu2Zn3(SO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O
7.DD.30CampigliaiteMn2+Cu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O
7.DD.30DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
7.DD.30OrthoserpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
7.DD.30SerpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
7.DD.30NiedermayriteCdCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 4H2O
7.DD.30EdwardsiteCu3Cd2(SO4)2(OH)6·4H2O
7.DD.35Carrboydite[(Ni1-xAlx)(OH)2][SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35Glaucocerinite(Zn1-xAlx)(OH)2(SO4)x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35Honessite(Ni1-xFex3+)(OH)2[SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35Hydrohonessite(Ni1-xFex3+)(OH)2[SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35MotukoreaiteMg6Al3(OH)18[Na(H2O)6][SO4]2 · 6H2O
7.DD.35Mountkeithite[(Mg1-xFex3+)(OH)2][SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35ShigaiteMn6Al3(OH)18[Na(H2O)6][SO4]2 · 6H2O
7.DD.35WermlanditeMg7Al2(OH)18[Ca(H2O)6][SO4]2 · 6H2O
7.DD.35WoodwarditeCu1-xAlx(OH)2[SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35ZincaluminiteZn6Al6(SO4)2(OH)16 · 5H2O
7.DD.35Hydrowoodwardite(Cu1-xAlx)(OH)2[SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35ZincowoodwarditeZn1-xAlx(OH)2[SO4]x/2 · nH2O
7.DD.35NatroglaucoceriniteZn6Al3(OH)18[Na(H2O)6](SO4)2•6H2O
7.DD.35NikischeriteFe62+Al3(OH)18[Na(H2O)6][SO4]2 · 6H2O
7.DD.40Lawsonbauerite(Mn2+,Mg)9Zn4(SO4)2(OH)22 · 8H2O
7.DD.40Torreyite(Mg,Mn2+)72Mn22+Zn4(SO4)2(OH)22 · 8H2O
7.DD.45MooreiteMg92Mn2Zn4(SO4)2(OH)26 · 8H2O
7.DD.50Namuwite(Zn,Cu)4(SO4)(OH)6 · 4H2O
7.DD.55Bechererite(Zn,Cu)6Zn2(SO4,HSiO4)2(OH)12
7.DD.65VonbezingiteCa6Cu3(SO4)3(OH)12 · 2H2O
7.DD.70RedgilliteCu6(SO4)(OH)10 · H2O
7.DD.75ChalcoalumiteCuAl4(SO4)(OH)12 · 3H2O
7.DD.75Nickelalumite(Ni,Cu)Al4(SO4,(NO3)2)(OH)12 · 3H2O
7.DD.75KyrgyzstaniteZnAl4(SO4)(OH)12·3H2O
7.DD.80Guarinoite(Zn,Co,Ni)6(SO4)(OH,Cl)10 · 5H2O
7.DD.80Schulenbergite(Cu,Zn)7(SO4,CO3)2(OH)10 · 3H2O
7.DD.80Thérèsemagnanite(Co,Zn,Ni)6(SO4)(OH,Cl)10 · 8H2O
7.DD.80UM1992-30-SO:CCuHZn(Zn,Cu)7(SO4,CO3)2(OH)10 · 3H2O
7.DD.85MontetrisaiteCu6(SO4)(OH)10 · 2H2O
25.5.1ZinkositeZnSO4
25.5.2GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
25.5.3Namuwite(Zn,Cu)4(SO4)(OH)6 · 4H2O
25.5.4KtenasiteZn(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 6H2O
25.5.6Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
25.5.7SerpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
25.5.8OrthoserpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
25.5.9ZincaluminiteZn6Al6(SO4)2(OH)16 · 5H2O
25.5.10Glaucocerinite(Zn1-xAlx)(OH)2(SO4)x/2 · nH2O
25.5.11GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
25.5.12ChaidamuiteZnFe3+(SO4)2(OH) · 4H2O
25.5.13Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
25.5.15Zincmelanterite(Zn,Cu,Fe)SO4 · 7H2O
25.5.16Zincobotryogen(Zn,Mg,Mn2+)Fe3+(SO4)2(OH) · 7H2O
25.5.17SchuetteiteHg32+(SO4)O2
25.5.18Gianellaite(Hg2N)2SO4

Other Names for Ramsbeckite

Name in Other Languages:

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 Ramsbeckite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist(1987): 72: 225.

Effenberger, H. (1988): Ramsbeckite, (Cu,Zn)15(OH)22(SO4)4.6H2O: Revision of the chemical formula based on a structure determination. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1988): 38-48.

American Mineralogist(1989): 74: 505.

Internet Links for Ramsbeckite

Specimens:
The following Ramsbeckite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Ramsbeckite

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.
Austria
 
  • Carinthia
    • Gurktaler Alpen
      • St Veit an der Glan
G. Niedermayr, I. Praetzel: Mineralien Kärntens, 1995
    • Karawanken
      • Finkenstein
        • Mallestiger Mittagskogel
[Der Aufschluss 1996,4 p.186-192]
  • Styria
    • Niedere Tauern
      • Öblarn
        • Walchen
Schebesta, K. (1992): Schlackenminerale aus der Walchen bei Öblarn. Lapis 17 (2), 19-30; 50.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Central Bohemia Region
      • Příbram
RÜSENBERG, K. A. & PAULIŠ, P. (1996): Umbildungen und Neubildungen in den Schlackehalden der Blei- und Silberhütte von Příbram/ČR. Aufschluss 47, 267-287 (in German).
France
 
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
    • Lozère
      • Marvejols
        • St Léger-de-Peyre
Patrice Queneau Collection
    • Pyrénées-Orientales
      • Caixas
        • Fontcouverte
BERBAIN, C., FAVREAU, G. & MORENO, C. (2010): Mas Vicenç, Fontcouverte, Caixas (Pyrénées-Orientales). Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 107, 20-25.
  • Midi-Pyrénées
    • Ariège
      • Auzat
Remy Ph. (2003), La mine du Couloumier, Auzat (Ariège), Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, n°4, pp: 9-12
    • Aveyron
      • Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Jean Claude Dol
    • Hautes-Pyrénées
      • Aure Valley
Patrice Queneau Collection
Germany
 
  • Bavaria
    • Franconia
      • Spessart
        • Schöllkrippen
          • Sommerkahl
No reference listed
  • Lower Saxony
    • Harz
      • Clausthal-Zellerfeld
        • Bockswies veins
          • Oberschulenberg
Lapis, 11 (1), 9-18+42
      • Goslar
        • Astfeld
No reference listed
        • Grane Reservoir
van den Berg, W. & van Loon, C. (1990): Slag Minerals from the Rammelsberg, Harz Mountains, Germany. UK Journal of Mines & Minerals, 8, 18-23.
      • Lautenthal
van den Berg, W. & van Loon, C. (1990): Slag Minerals from the Rammelsberg, Harz Mountains, Germany. UK Journal of Mines & Minerals, 8, 18-23.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Bergisches Land
      • Engelskirchen
        • Loope
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", 1990
Heckmann, H. & Schertl, H.-P. (1990): Der Niederbergische Erzbergbau und seine Mineralien. Emser Hefte, 11 (2), 2-40.
      • Velbert
Lapis 1988(1), 13-35
    • Sauerland
      • Meschede
        • Ramsbeck
Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Mh., 1985, 550-556; N. Jb. Mineral. Mh., 1988, 38-48.
    • Siegerland
      • Burbach
Leon Hupperichs Collection
      • Eiserfeld
        • Kohlenbach Valley
Henrich, M. (2009): Mineralien-Welt 20 (5), 14-27.
      • Müsen
Der Aufschluss 2000(2), 71-123
      • Wilnsdorf
Lapis, 12 (1), 11-18+42.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Eifel
      • Mayen
        • Langenfeld
          • St Jost
Graf, HW., (1991): Die Grube Bendisberg, bei Virneburg / Eifel, Mineralien-Welt 5/91
        • St Johann
added by Frank de Wit
    • Hunsrück
      • St Goar
A. Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland, Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
    • Lahn valley
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
        • Frücht
Der Aufschluss Vol.55, March/April 2004
    • Siegerland
      • Niederfischbach
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", 1990
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", 1990
        • Niederndorf
Henrich, J. M. (2007: Die Mineralien der Grube Fürst Moritz bei Niederndorf. Mineralien-Welt 18 (4), 20-26. (in German)
    • Taunus
      • St Goarshausen
        • Wellmich
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    • Trier
      • Hockweiler
Marko Burkhardt collection
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
      • Schwarzenberg District
        • Beierfeld
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
Hungary
 
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
    • Rudabányai Mts
      • Rudabánya
GEODA 2007/1
Italy
 
  • Aosta Valley
    • Saint-Marcel
      • Servette-Chuc mining complex
Tumiati, S.; Casartelli, P.; Mambretti, A.; Martin, S.; Frizzo, P.; Rottoli, M. (2005): The ancient mine of Servette (Saint-Marcel, Val d' Aosta, western Italian Alps): A mineralogical, metallurgical and charcoal analysis of furnace slags. Archaeometry 47, 317-340.
  • Sardinia
    • Medio Campidano Province
      • Arbus and Guspini municipality
Preite, D., & Zuanel, A. (2007). Montevecchio: storia, miniere e minerali. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 31 (4), 230-246.
    • Sassari Province
      • Sassari
Orlandi, P., & Gelosa, M. (2007). Argentiera della Nurra. I minerali di alterazione della miniera di sfalerite e galena argentifera. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 31 (1), 22-31.
  • Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-Südtirol)
    • Trento Province
      • Valsugana
        • Roncegno
-Bortolozzi G., Blass G., Boscardin M., Rocchetti I. and Ferretti P. (2013): La Miniera di Cinquevalli (Valsugana, Trentino-Alto Adige): aggiornamento sulle specie accertate negli ultimi anni. Studi Trent. Sci. Nat., 93, pagg. 149-165.
  • Tuscany
    • Livorno Province
      • Campiglia Marittima
Chinellato Matteo
      • Piombino
Muenchener Micromounter-Lithothek
  • Veneto
    • Belluno Province
      • Auronzo di Cadore
Ara, D., Sanna, L., Rossi, A., Galli, E., & De Waele, J. (2013). Minerali secondari in ambiente sotterraneo: la miniera dell’Argentiera (Sardegna nord-occidentale).
    • Vicenza Province
      • Torrebelvicino
        • Contrada Trentini
- Boscardin M.,Daleffe A.,Rocchetti I., Zordan A. (2011) " Minerali del Vicentino - Aggiornamenti, località e nuove determinazioni " Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali “G. Zannato” – Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza), pp.183
        • Mercanti Valley
Orlandi P. & Perchiazzi N.(1989): Ramsbeckite, (Cu,Zn)15(OH)22(SO4)4.6H2O, a first occurrence for Italy from "La Veneziana" mine, Valle dei Mercanti, Vicenza. European Journal of Mineralogy 1, 147-9; Pegoraro, S., Orlandi, P., Chiereghin, P., Contin, A. & Toniolo, E. (2009). I minerali del Monte Trisa (Torrebelvicino, Vicenza). Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 3/2009, 160-179.
American Mineralogist, 85 :231–235
Pegoraro S., Orlandi P., Chiereghin P., Contin.A. and Toniolo E. (2009): I minerali del Monte Trisa, Torrebelvicino, Vicenza. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, No. 3, 160-179
Pegoraro S., Orlandi P., Chiereghin P., Contin.A. and Toniolo E. (2009): I minerali del Monte Trisa, Torrebelvicino, Vicenza. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, No. 3, 160-179
          • Zuccanti Valley
Saccardo D., Benincasa E., Malferrari D., Medici L., 2002. I minerali di Monte Cengio (Torrebelvicino, Vicenza). Riv. Miner. Ital., 1: 42-47.
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Kinki Region
      • Osaka Prefecture
        • Minoh (Minoo)
          • Onsen-cho
Chigaku-Kenkyu 50:137-159 (2001)
      • Shiga Prefecture
        • Konan City
          • Ishibe
Ohnishi, M., Okada, H., Fujiwara, T. (2011) Ramsbeckite from Haiyama quarry in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Chigaku Kenkyu, 60 (1), 33-36.
Luxembourg
 
  • Goesdorf commune
    • Goesdorf
Activity report 1998 of the Musée d'histoire naturelle de Luxembourg
Romania
 
  • Bihor Co.
    • Brusturi
G.Koller 2008-2009; ;
Switzerland
 
  • Ticino (Tessin)
Schmutz, L., Graeser, S., Eichin, R., Stöcklin, D., Rüegg, H.R. & Duggelin, M. (1982): Kupfer-Sekundärmineralien aus der Schweiz, Teil 1. Urner Mineralienfreund, 20, 1-24. [as "Unnamed Cu-Zn Sulphate"; for details see text in http://www.mindat.org/min-45872.html).]
UK
 
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Callington District
        • Calstock
          • Harrowbarrow & Prince of Wales Mines (Calstock United Tin and Copper Mines)
Steve Rust
    • Cumbria
      • Caldbeck Fells
Journal of The Russell Society, Volume 9, 2006; Journal of The Russell Society, Volume 9, 2006
Journal of The Russell Society, Volume 9, 2006
        • Roughton Gill
Pluth, J. J., Steele, I. M., Kampf, A. R. & Green, D. I. (2005): Redgillite, Cu6(OH)10(SO4)•H2O, a new mineral from Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England: description and crystal structure. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 973-980.
    • Staffordshire
      • Ecton
        • Back of Ecton
UKJMM 15
  • Wales
    • Ceredigion
      • Ceulanymaesmawr
        • Talybont
          • Nant-y-Moch Reservoir area
BMS Database
      • Cwmrheidol
        • Ystumtuen
No reference listed
      • Llangynfelyn
        • Tre-Taliesin
BMS Database
      • Upper Llanfihangell-y-Creuddyn
        • Cwmystwyth
S.Rust Collection
        • Pontrhydygroes
BMS Database, UKJMM 17
      • Ysgubor-y-coed
        • Furnace
BMS Database, UKJMM No18
    • Powys
      • Llangynog
S.Rust collection
      • Machynlleth
        • Dylife
BMS Database
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Gila Co.
      • Dripping Spring Mts
        • Banner District
          • Hayden area
            • Chilito
RRUFF Project Specimen ID: R050295
  • New Hampshire
    • Coos Co.
      • Gorham
L. Rantos collection (Athens, Greece); A. Plante collection; B. Janules collection; Scott Whittemore collection; et.al.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Montgomery Co.
      • Lower Providence Township
        • Audubon
          • Perkiomen Mines
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