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Rhodostannite

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Formula:
Cu
 
2
FeSn
 
3
S
 
8
System:TetragonalColour:Red-purple, gray
Hardness:4
Name:The name reflects its colour (Greek rhodos = red) and its compositional similarity to stannite.
This page provides mineralogical data about Rhodostannite.

Classification of Rhodostannite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:2/C.06-150
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:2.DA.10

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
D : Metal Sulfides, M: S = 3 :4 and 2:3
A : M:S = 3:4
Dana 8th edition ID:2.10.3.1

2 : SULFIDES
10 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:4
Hey's CIM Ref.:6.1.7

6 : Sulphosalts - Sulphostannates, Sulphogermanates,Sulpharsenates, Sulphantimonates, Sulphovanadates and Sulphohalides
1 : Sulphostannates and other sulfides containing Sn
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Type Occurrence of Rhodostannite

Type Locality:Vila Apacheta, Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province), Potosí Department, Bolivia
Year of Discovery:1968

Physical Properties of Rhodostannite

Lustre:Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Red-purple, gray
Hardness (Mohs):4
Hardness (Vickers):VHN100=243 - 266 kg/mm2
Density (calculated):4.79 g/cm3

Crystallography of Rhodostannite

Crystal System:Tetragonal
Class (H-M):4/m - Dipyramidal
Space Group:I41/a
Cell Parameters:a = 7.29Å, c = 10.31Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 1.414
Unit Cell Volume:V 547.92 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:2
Morphology:Fine grained massive, slightly porous.
Comment:On synthetic material

Optical Data of Rhodostannite

Type:Anisotropic
Anisotropism:Bluish gray to dark brown
Reflectivity:
520nmR=27.8%


Graph shows reflectance levels at different wavelengths (in nm). Peak reflectance is 27.8%.

Chemical Properties of Rhodostannite

Formula:
Cu
 
2
FeSn
 
3
S
 
8
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu2FeSn3S8
Essential elements:Cu, Fe, S, Sn
All elements listed in formula:Cu, Fe, S, Sn

Relationship of Rhodostannite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
2.DA.05Bornhardtite
Co
2+
 
Co
3+
2
Se
 
4
2.DA.05Carrollite
Cu(Co,Ni)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Cuproiridsite
(Cu,Fe)Ir
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Cuprorhodsite
(Cu,Fe)Rh
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Daubréelite
Fe
2+
 
Cr
3+
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Fletcherite
Cu(Ni,Co)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Florensovite
(Cu,Zn)Cr
 
1.5
Sb
 
0.5
S
 
4
2.DA.05Greigite
Fe
2+
 
Fe
3+
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Indite
FeIn
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Kalininite
ZnCr
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Linnaeite
Co
2+
 
Co
3+
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Malanite
Cu(Pt
3+
 
,Ir
3+
 
)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Polydymite
Ni
2+
 
Ni
3+
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Siegenite
CoNi
 
2
S
 
4
-NiCo
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Trüstedtite
Ni
 
3
Se
 
4
2.DA.05Tyrrellite
Cu(Co
3+
 
,Ni
3+
 
)
 
2
Se
 
4
2.DA.05Violarite
Fe
2+
 
Ni
3+
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Xingzhongite
(Pb,Cu,Fe)(Ir,Pt,Rh)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Ferrorhodsite
(Fe,Cu)(Rh,Ir,Pt)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Cadmoindite
CdIn
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.05Cuprokalininite
CuCr
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.10Toyohaite
Ag
 
2
FeSn
 
3
S
 
8
2.DA.15Brezinaite
Cr
 
3
S
 
4
2.DA.15Heideite
(Fe,Cr)
 
1.15
(Ti,Fe)
 
2
S
 
4
2.DA.20Inaglyite
Cu
 
3
Pb(Ir,Pt)
 
8
S
 
16
2.DA.20Konderite
Cu
 
3
Pb(Rh,Pt,Ir)
 
8
S
 
16
2.DA.25Kingstonite
(Rh,Ir,Pt)
 
3
S
 
4
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
6.1.1Kuramite
Cu
 
3
SnS
 
4
6.1.2Mohite
Cu
 
2
SnS
 
3
6.1.3Velikite
Cu
 
2
HgSnS
 
4
6.1.4Hemusite
Cu
 
6
SnMoS
 
8
6.1.5Kiddcreekite
Cu
 
6
SnWS
 
8
6.1.6Stannite
Cu
 
2
(Fe,Zn)SnS
 
4
6.1.8Mawsonite
Cu
 
6
Fe
 
2
SnS
 
8
6.1.9Chatkalite
Cu
 
6
FeSn
 
2
S
 
8
6.1.10Ferrokesterite
Cu
 
2
(Fe,Zn)SnS
 
4
6.1.11Kesterite
Cu
 
2
(Zn,Fe)SnS
 
4
6.1.12Stannoidite
Cu
+
6
Cu
2+
2
(Fe
2+
 
,Zn)
 
3
Sn
 
2
S
 
12
6.1.13Černýite
Cu
 
2
(Cd,Zn,Fe)SnS
 
4
6.1.14Vinciennite
Cu
+
7
Cu
2+
3
Fe
2+
2
Fe
3+
2
Sn(As,Sb)S
 
16
6.1.15Pirquitasite
Ag
 
2
ZnSnS
 
4
6.1.16Hocartite
Ag
 
2
(Fe
2+
 
,Zn)SnS
 
4
6.1.17Teallite
(Pb,Sn)SnS
 
2
6.1.18Franckeite
Fe
2+
 
(Pb,Sn
2+
 
)
 
6
Sn
4+
2
Sb
 
2
S
 
14
6.1.19Lévyclaudite
Pb
 
8
Sn
 
7
Cu
 
3
(Bi,Sb)
 
3
S
 
28
6.1.20Cylindrite
Pb
 
3
Sn
 
4
FeSb
 
2
S
 
14
6.1.21Potosíite
Pb
 
6
Sn
 
3
FeSb
 
3
S
 
16
6.1.22Sakuraiite
(Cu,Zn,Fe)
 
3
(In,Sn)S
 
4
6.1.23Petrukite
(Cu,Fe,Zn,Ag)
 
3
(Sn,In)S
 
4
6.1.24Incaite
(Pb,Ag)
 
4
Sn
 
4
FeSb
 
2
S
 
15

Other Names for Rhodostannite

Synonyms:
IMA1968-018
Other Languages:
German:Rhodostannit
Russian:Родостаннит
Simplified Chinese:蔷薇黄锡矿
Spanish:Rodostannita

Other Information

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 Rhodostannite

Reference List:

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Mineralogical Magazine 1968 36 : 1045-1051.

Acta Crystallographica:: B35: 2195-2197.

American Mineralogist (1969): 54: 1218.

Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen (1984): 150: 25-64.

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  • Localities for Rhodostannite

    The 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. ? 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.
    Argentina
     
    • Jujuy
      • Rinconada Department
    DE BRODTKORB, Milka K. Precious metaltellurides and other Te-bearing minerals in different paragenesis of Argentina: A review. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.64, n.3, pp. 365-372.
    Amer.Min.(2000) 85, 1066-1075
    Bolivia
     
    • Oruro Department
      • Cercado Province
        • Oruro City
    Keutsch, F., & Brodtkorb, M. D. (2008). Metalliferous paragenesis of the San José mine, Oruro, Bolivia. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 25(4), 485-491.
      • Poopó Province
        • Poopó town
    Frank Keutsch analysis, August 2009.
    • Potosí Department
      • Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province)
    Mineralogical Magazine 1968 36 : 1045-1051.
    China
     
    • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
      • Hechi Prefecture
        • Nandan Co.
          • Dachang Sn-polymetallic ore field
    Mineral Deposits 4(1), 74
    Japan
     
    • Hokkaido
      • Sapporo
    Min. Jour. (Japan): 15:222-232.
    • Shikoku Island
      • Ehime Prefecture
        • Niihama City
    Kase (1988) Kouzan Chishitsu, 38, 407-418.
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • Cochise Co.
        • Mule Mts
          • Warren District
    [MinRec 24:421]
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 354; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
    • Nevada
      • Lander Co.
        • Lewis District
    Min.Rec.:20(5):390.
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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