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Reinerite

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Formula:
Zn3(AsO3)2
Colour:
Originally Blue to Yellow Green; also colorless to white
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
5 - 5½
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named in 1958 by Bruno H. Geier and K. Weber in honor of Willy Reiner [1895–1965], Senior Chemist, Tsumeb Corporation, Tsumeb, Namibia, who analyzed the type material.
A synthetic polymorph has been reported by Harrison (2010).


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Classification of ReineriteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
4.JA.10

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
A : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites; without additional anions, without H2O
45.1.1.1

45 : ACID AND NORMAL ANTIMONITES AND ARSENITES
1 : Miscellaneous

Physical Properties of ReineriteHide

Vitreous
Colour:
Originally Blue to Yellow Green; also colorless to white
Hardness:
5 - 5½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of ReineriteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.740 nβ = 1.790 nγ = 1.820
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.080
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
r > v moderate

Chemical Properties of ReineriteHide

Formula:
Zn3(AsO3)2
IMA Formula:
Zn3(As3+O3)2

Crystallography of ReineriteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.09 Å, b = 14.4 Å, c = 7.8 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.423 : 1 : 0.542
Unit Cell V:
684.03 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ReineriteHide

Other Language Names for ReineriteHide

German:Reinerit
Simplified Chinese:砷锌矿
Spanish:Reinerita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Germanite4 photos of Reinerite associated with Germanite on mindat.org.
Leiteite1 photo of Reinerite associated with Leiteite on mindat.org.
Smithsonite1 photo of Reinerite associated with Smithsonite on mindat.org.
Gallite1 photo of Reinerite associated with Gallite on mindat.org.
Chalcocite1 photo of Reinerite associated with Chalcocite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JA.05LeiteiteZn(As2O4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JA.15KaribibiteFe3+3(As3+O2)4(As3+2O5)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.JA.20KusachiiteCuBi2O4Tet.
4.JA.20SchafarzikiteFe2+Sb3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.20TrippkeiteCu[As2O4]Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.25ApuaniteFe2+Fe3+4Sb3+4O12STet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.30VersiliaiteFe2Fe4Sb6O16SOrth.
4.JA.35SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe3+3[As5O13]Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.40Zimbabweite(Na,K)2PbAs4(Ta,Nb,Ti)4O18Orth.
4.JA.45LudlockitePbFe3+4As3+10O22Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.50PaulmooreitePb2[As2O5]Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JA.55StibivaniteSb2VO5Orth.
4.JA.60Chadwickite(UO2)[HAsO3]Tet.

Other InformationHide

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 ReineriteHide

Reference List:
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Bruno H. Geier and K. Weber. Reinerit, Zn3(AsO3)2, ein neues Mineral der Tsumeb Mine, Sudwestafrika. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh.1958, No. 7-8, 160-167 .
American Mineralogist (1959): 44: 207.
American Mineralogist (1977): 62: 1129-1134.
Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1983): 119.
Harrison, W.T.A. (2010): beta-Zn3(AsO3)2. Acta Crystallogr., C66, i64-i66.

Internet Links for ReineriteHide

Localities for ReineriteHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
China
 
  • Tibet Autonomous Region
    • Qamdo Prefecture (Changdu Prefecture)
      • Qamdo Co. (Changdu Co.)
Yingchao Liu, Zengqian Hou, Yushuai Yu, Shihong Tian, Yulong Li, and Zhusen Yang (2013): Acta Petrologica Sinica 29(4), 1407-1426
Germany
 
  • Lower Saxony
    • Harz
      • Goslar
        • Grane Reservoir
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1991): Mineralogische Notizen V. Aufschluss 42, 155-171.
Namibia (TL)
 
  • Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto)
    • Tsumeb
B. H. Geier and K. Weber. Reinerit, Zn3(AsO3)2, ein neues Mineral der Tsumeb Mine, Sudwestafrika. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh.1958, No. 7-8, 160-167
USA
 
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
Earl Verbeek
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Earl Verbeen
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