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Reinerite

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Formula:
Zn3(AsO3)2
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Blue to Yellow Green
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
5 - 5½
Name:
Named for Willy Reiner (1895–1965), Senior Chemist, Tsumeb Corporation, Tsumeb, Namibia, who analysed the type material.
A synthetic polymorph has been reported by Harrison (2010).

Classification of Reinerite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
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
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Type Occurrence of Reinerite

Year of Discovery:
1958

Physical Properties of Reinerite

Vitreous
Colour:
Blue to Yellow Green
Hardness (Mohs):
5 - 5½

Crystallography of Reinerite

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

Optical Data of Reinerite

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 Reinerite

Formula:
Zn3(AsO3)2
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Reinerite to other Species

4.JA.05LeiteiteZn(As2O4)
4.JA.15KaribibiteFe2As4O9
4.JA.20KusachiiteCuBi2O4
4.JA.20SchafarzikiteFe2+Sb23+O4
4.JA.20TrippkeiteCu[As2O4]
4.JA.25ApuaniteFe2+Fe43+Sb43+O12S
4.JA.30VersiliaiteFe2Fe4Sb6O16S
4.JA.35SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe33+[As5O13]
4.JA.40Zimbabweite(Na,K)2PbAs4(Ta,Nb,Ti)4O18
4.JA.45LudlockitePbFe43+As103+O22
4.JA.50PaulmooreitePb2[As2O5]
4.JA.55StibivaniteSb2VO5
4.JA.60Chadwickite(UO2)[HAsO3]

Other Names for Reinerite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Reinerit
Simplified Chinese:砷锌矿
Spanish:Reinerita

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 Reinerite

Reference List:
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 .

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 Reinerite

Localities for Reinerite

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.
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
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