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Salesite

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Formula:
Cu(IO3)(OH)
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Bluish-green; bluish ...
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
3
Name:
Named after Reno H. Sales (1876-1969), Chief Geologist, Anaconda Copper Company, Chile.
This page provides mineralogical data about Salesite.

Classification of Salesite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
4.KB.05

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
K : Iodates: Trigonal [IO3] pyramids (mostly).
B : Iodates with additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:
22.1.1.1
22.1.1.1

22 : IODATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
1 : Miscellaneous
29.1

29 : Iodates
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Type Occurrence of Salesite

Year of Discovery:
1939
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Oxidized zone of copper deposit in an arid climate.

Physical Properties of Salesite

Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent
Colour:
Bluish-green; bluish green in transmitted light
Hardness (Mohs):
3
Cleavage:
Perfect
on {101}
Density:
4.72 - 4.82 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.888 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Salesite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pnma
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.794Å, b = 6.708Å, c = 4.781Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.609 : 1 : 0.713
Unit Cell Volume:
V 346.17 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Crystals stout prismatic [001] with pyramidal terminations.
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.

Optical Data of Salesite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.786 nβ = 2.070 nγ = 2.075
2V:
Calculated: 12°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.289
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
extreme
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
X = Colourless
Y = Light bluish green
Z = Bluish green

Chemical Properties of Salesite

Formula:
Cu(IO3)(OH)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Salesite to other Species

29.2BellingeriteCu3(IO3)6 · 2H2O
29.3LautariteCa(IO3)2
29.4BrüggeniteCa(IO3)2 · H2O
29.5DietzeiteCa2(IO3)2(CrO4) · H2O
29.6SeeligeritePb3(IO3)OCl3
29.7SchwartzembergitePb5H2(IO2)O4Cl3
29.8HectorfloresiteNa9(SO4)4(IO3)

Other Names for Salesite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Salesit
Spanish:Salesita

Other Information

Other Information:
Insoluble in water. Readily soluble in HNO3.
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 Salesite

Reference List:
Palache, C. and Jarrell (1939) American Mineralogist: 24: 388-392.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 315-316.

American Mineralogist (1978): 63: 172-179.

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Localities for Salesite

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.
Chile
 
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
American Mineralogist (1939): 24: 388-392.
    • El Loa Province
      • Calama
        • Chuquicamata District
American Mineralogist (1939): 24: 388-392; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 316; O'Donoghue, 1976 -
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