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Schmitterite

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Formula:
(UO2)(TeO3)
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Colourless to pale yellow
Hardness:
1
Name:
Named after Eduardo Schmitter Villada, Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology, Mexico City.
Structurally related to Moctezumite.

Classification of Schmitterite

Approved
4.JK.70

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
K : Tellurites without additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:
34.1.7.1
34.1.6.1

34 : SELENITES, TELLURITES AND SULFITES
1 : A(XO3)
28.3.19

28 : Selenites, Selenates, Tellurites, and Tellurates
3 : Tellurites
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Type Occurrence of Schmitterite

Year of Discovery:
1971

Physical Properties of Schmitterite

Pearly
Colour:
Colourless to pale yellow
Hardness (Mohs):
1

Crystallography of Schmitterite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.86Å, b = 10.08Å, c = 5.36Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.78 : 1 : 0.532
Unit Cell Volume:
V 424.67 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Chemical Properties of Schmitterite

Formula:
(UO2)(TeO3)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Schmitterite to other Species

4.JK.05WinstanleyiteTiTe34+O8
4.JK.05Walfordite(Fe3+,Te6+)Te34+O8
4.JK.10Spiroffite(Mn,Zn)2Te34+O8
4.JK.10ZincospiroffiteZn2Te34+O8
4.JK.15BalyakiniteCu(TeO3)
4.JK.20RajiteCu(Te24+O5)
4.JK.25CarlfriesiteCaTe24+Te6+O8
4.JK.30Denningite(Mn2+,Ca,Zn)Te24+O5
4.JK.35ChekhovichiteBi2Te44+O11
4.JK.40SmirniteBi2Te4+O5
4.JK.45Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6Cl
4.JK.50FairbankitePb(TeO3)
4.JK.55PlumbotelluritePb(TeO3)
4.JK.60Magnolite(Hg2+)(Te4+O3)
4.JK.65MoctezumitePb(UO2)(TeO3)2
4.JK.75Cliffordite(UO2)Te34+O7
28.3.1BalyakiniteCu(TeO3)
28.3.2RajiteCu(Te24+O5)
28.3.3GraemiteCu[TeO3] · H2O
28.3.4TeineiteCu[TeO3] · 2H2O
28.3.5CesbroniteCu5(TeO3)2(OH)6 · 2H2O
28.3.6MroseiteCaTe4+(CO3)O2
28.3.7QuetzalcoatliteZn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2y
28.3.8ZemanniteMg(ZnFe)2(TeO3)6·9H2O
28.3.9Kinichilite(Fe,Mg,Zn)2(TeO3)3(NaxH2-x) · 3H2O
28.3.10Denningite(Mn2+,Ca,Zn)Te24+O5
28.3.11Spiroffite(Mn,Zn)2Te34+O8
28.3.12WinstanleyiteTiTe34+O8
28.3.13FairbankitePb(TeO3)
28.3.14PlumbotelluritePb(TeO3)
28.3.15Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6Cl
28.3.16SmirniteBi2Te4+O5
28.3.17ChekhovichiteBi2Te44+O11
28.3.18Cliffordite(UO2)Te34+O7
28.3.20MoctezumitePb(UO2)(TeO3)2
28.3.21EmmonsiteFe23+[TeO3]3 · 2H2O
28.3.22BlakeiteFe23+[TeO3]3 (?)
28.3.23MackayiteFe3+(Te24+O5)(OH)
28.3.24PoughiteFe23+(TeO3)2(SO4)(H2O)2 · H2O
28.3.25SonoraiteFe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2O
28.3.26RodalquilariteFe2(TeO2OH)3(TeO3)Cl
28.3.27EztlitePb2Fe63+(Te4+O3)3(Te6+O6)(OH)10 · 8H2O
28.3.28Keystoneite(Ni,Mg,Fe,Mn)3Te3O9 · 5H2O

Other Names for Schmitterite

Name in Other Languages:

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 Schmitterite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1971): 56: 411-415.

Meunier, G., and Galy, J. (1973): Structure cristalline de la schmitterite
synthétique UTeO5. Acta Crystallographica B29, 125l-1255.

Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (1976): 99: 334.

Swihart, G.H., Gupta, P.K.S., Schlemper, E.O., Back, M.E., and Gaines, R.V. (1993): The crystal structure of moctezumite [PbUO2](TeO3)2. American Mineralogist 78, 835-839.

Burns, P.C. (2005): U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

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Localities for Schmitterite

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.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Ústí Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Dubí (Eichwald)
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 1. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 1)]
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Shinkolobwe
Mexico
 
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Amer.Min.(1971) 56, 411-415
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Brent Thorne
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