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Colour:beige to brownLustre:
Name:From German words "Schale" and "Blende", meaning "shell ore", in allusion to its concentric-layered structure
A Mixture Of:Sphalerite, Wurtzite

Compact Sphalerite and Wurtzite masses of a pale brown colour, occurring in concentric layers with reniform surfaces which also may contain pyrite and galena. It is believed to have formed by crystallization of a sulfide gel (gel: colloidal dispersion).

Classification of Schalenblende

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Physical Properties of Schalenblende

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:beige to brown

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 Schalenblende

Reference List:

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Fleet, M.E. (1977c) The birefringence-structural state relation in natural zinc sulfides and its application to the schalenblende from Pribram. Canadian Mineralogist: 15: 303-308.

Mizuhiko Akizuki (1981) Investigation of phase transition of natural ZnS minerals by high resolution electron microscopy. American Mineralogist, Volume 66, pages 1006-1012,

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    Localities for Schalenblende

    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.
    • New South Wales
      • Yancowinna Co.
        • Broken Hill
    R Bottrill collection
    • Carinthia
      • Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen
        • Bleiberg District
          • Bad Bleiberg
    G. Niedermayr, I. Praetzel: Mineralien Kärntens, 1995
          • Kreuth
    Fotini Kanaki(1972) Die Minerale Bleibergs (Kärnten)
    • Tyrol
      • North Tyrol
        • Karwendel Mts
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • Liège Province
      • Chaudfontaine
    L. Dejonghe, Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 679-690.
      • Engis
    Paul deBondt
      • Verviers
        • Plombières-Vieille Montagne District (Plombières-Altenberg)
          • Kelmis
            • Moresnet
    Uebags, F. (1971): Die Grube Eschbroich - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 9, December 1971, 4-17
    Paul De Bondt collection
    Uebags, F. (1972): Die Grube Mützhagen - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 11, June 1972, 4-17
    Paul De Bondt
          • Lontzen
            • Astenet
              • Fossey
    P. Bluemner
    Uebags, F. (1971): Die Grube Lontzen - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 9, 5-14
          • Plombières (Bleyberg)
    DEJONGHE,L., ET AL. - Atlas des Gisements Plombo-Zincifères du Synclinorium de Verviers, Belgique
    Braun, M., (1857): Über die Galmeilagerstätte des Altenberges im Zusammenhang mit den Erzlagerstätten des Altenberger Grubenfeldes un der Umgegend, Zeitschrift d. Dt. Geolog. Gesellschaft, 354-370
    L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
    L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
    L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
    L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
    • Namur Province
      • Andenne
    Paul De Bondt
    Harjo Neutkens collection
      • Namur
    H. Buttgenbach
    Paul De Bondt collection
    • La Paz Department
      • Pacajes Province
        • Berenguela District
    Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia. (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
    • Northwest Territories
    Roedder (1968) GEOCHEMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY • SOFIA Roedder, E. 1968. The noncolloidal origin of "colloform" textures in sphalerite ores. Econ. Geol.,63, 451-471
    • Nunavut Territory
      • Little Cornwallis Island
    Van King; Cooper, Michael P.(1997) What’s New in Minerals, Munich Show 1996. Mineralogical Record 28:136
    • Qinghai Province
      • Haixi Autonomous Prefecture
        • Golmud Co. (Ge'ermu Co.)
          • Tuotuohe area (Tuotuo river area)
    Yucai Song, Zengqian Hou, Tiannan Yang, Shijin Li, Fuchun Wang, Yongwang Gao, Xiugang Gong, Zhusen Yang, Hongrui Zhang, Liansong Li, Guiren Wang, Yuankui Wang, Qun Liu, and Hongda Hao (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 744-756
    Czech Republic
    • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
      • Central Bohemia Region
    Paul De Bondt.
      • Plzeň Region
        • Tachov
    A. Tomek
    • Auvergne
      • Haute-Loire
        • Paulhaguet
          • Mazerat-Aurouze
            • Aurouze
    P.G. Pélisson : "Etude Minéralogique et Métallogénique du District Filonien Polytype de Paulhaguet (Haute-Loire, Massif Central Français)", Doctorate Thesis, Orléans, France, 1989
    • Languedoc-Roussillon
      • Gard
        • Trèves
          • Fournels valley
    Philip Bluemner Collection
    • Baden-Württemberg
      • Black Forest
        • Badenweiler
          • Badenweiler Pb mining District
            • Sehringen
    Philip Bluemner Collection
        • Lahr
          • Reichenbach
    K. Walenta: "Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes", Weise (Munich), 1992
      • Odenwald
        • Weinheim
          • Heiligkreuz
    S. Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
      • Wiesloch
    No reference listed
    • Bavaria
      • Upper Bavaria
        • Bad Reichenhall
          • Inzell
            • Kienberg
    Lapis 9(1), 11-14 (1984)
    • Hesse
      • Odenwald
        • Abtsteinach
          • Mackenheim
    Philip Bluemner Collection
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Aachen
        • Stolberg
          • Breinig
    Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
          • Büsbach
    Leon Hupperichs Collection
    www.stollberg-abc.de and collection Leon Hupperichs
          • Mausbach
    Aufschluss 90(2), 111-130
    collection Leon Hupperichs
    R. Lang pers. finds
      • Niederberg area
        • Wülfrath
          • Rohdenhaus
    Harjo Neutkens collection
      • Sauerland
        • Iserlohn
          • Zinc mines
    S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
        • Meschede
          • Ramsbeck
    G. Gebhard: Ramsbeck Erzbergbau im Sauerland 1987, Bode Verlag
        • Plettenberg
    Weiss. "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    • Saxony-Anhalt
      • Sangerhausen
        • Copper slate deposits
    own collection
    • Saxony
      • Erzgebirge
        • Freiberg District
          • Halsbrücke
    P Haas collection
    • Thraki Department (Thrace; Thracia)
      • Évros Prefecture
        • Kirki Mines (Kirka)
    Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 667-677.
    • Friuli Venezia Giulia
      • Udine Province
        • Tarvisio
          • Cave del Predil
    Paul De Bondt collection
    • Tyrrhenian Sea
      • Aeolian Arc
    Werner Tufar (1992) Paragenesis of Complex Massive Sulfide Ores from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mitt, österr. geol. Ges 84:265-300
    • Meknès-Tafilalet Region
      • Khénifra Province
        • Midelt
          • Upper Moulouya lead district
    Philip Bluemner Collection
    • Ebonyi State
    Akande, S. O., & Mücke, A. (1993). Coexisting copper sulphides and sulphosalts in the Abakaliki Pb-Zn deposit, lower Benue Trough (Nigeria) and their genetic significance. Mineralogy and Petrology, 47(2-4), 183-192.
    • Małopolskie
      • Olkusz District
        • Olkusz
    David Soler collection
    Coppola, V., Boni, M., Gilg, A., and Strzelska-Smakowska, B. (2009): Mineralium Deposita 44, 559-580.
    • Upper Silesia (Śląskie)
      • Bytom District (Beuthen)
    P Haas collection; Eligiusz Szełęg collection
      • Tarnowskie Góry (Tarnowitz)
    Eligiusz Szełęg collection
    • Aleksander Rečnik (2010) Minerals of the lead and zinc ore deposit Mežica. Bode Vlg. & Jožef Stefan Institute. Ljubljana: 112 pp.
    Philip Bluemner Collection
    • Cantabria
      • Sierra de Arnero
    - García, Gonzalo; Palero, Fernando J.; Rabadán, José; Hedrosa, Mariano (2007) Las minas de La Florida. Bocamina (20)
    • Al Kåf Governorate (El Kef; Le Kef)
      • Sakiet Sidi Youssef (Saqiyat Sidi Yusuf)
    Amer.Min.(1969) 54, 1-13
      • Sers
    Philip Bluemner Collection https://www.e-sga.org/index.php?id=231&tx_commerce_pi1[showUid]=1448&tx_commerce_pi1[catUid]=41&cHash=883b49492d
    • England
      • Devon
        • Tavistock District
          • Bere Ferrers (Beer Ferris)
            • Bere Alston (Beeralstone; incl. Bere Alston Mines; Old Beer Mines; Tamar Silver-Lead Mines)
              • East Tamar Consols
    Grguric, B.A., and Nickel, E.H. (2006): UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 27, 39-40
    • Colorado
      • Eagle Co.
        • Gilman District (Battle Mountain District; Red Cliff District)
          • Gilman
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • Wisconsin
      • Racine Co.
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