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Skinnerite

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Brian John Skinner
Formula:
Cu3SbS3
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Gray
Hardness:
3
Name:
Named in 1974 by S. Karup-Moller and E. Mackovicky in honor of Brian John Skinner (b 1928 Australia), Professor of Economic Geology at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.
(Pseudo-orthorhombic) Sb analogue of wittichenite.

Classification of Skinnerite

Approved
2.GA.20

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
G : Sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites
A : Neso-sulfarsenites, etc. without additional S
3.4.8.2

3 : SULFOSALTS
4 : ø = 3
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Type Occurrence of Skinnerite

Year of Discovery:
1974

Physical Properties of Skinnerite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Gray
Streak:
Gray black
Hardness (Mohs):
3
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN50=148 - 166 kg/mm2
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
None Observed
Density:
5.11 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Skinnerite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
P21/b
Space Group Setting:
P21/c
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.815Å, b = 10.252Å, c = 13.270Å
β = 90.35°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.762 : 1 : 1.294
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,063.16 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
8
Morphology:
Granular, rarely bladed crystals.
Comment:
ICDD 26-1110 Synthetic
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.91 (80)
3.21 (70)
3.19 (70)
3.05 (70)
2.83 (100)
2.63 (90)
2.62 (90)
1.81 (90)
Comments:
26-1110 Synthetic

Optical Data of Skinnerite

Type:
Anisotropic
Anisotropism:
Visible
Colour in reflected light:
Gray

Chemical Properties of Skinnerite

Formula:
Cu3SbS3
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Ag

Relationship of Skinnerite to other Species

2.GA.05ProustiteAg3AsS3
2.GA.05PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
2.GA.10PyrostilpniteAg3SbS3
2.GA.10XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
2.GA.15SamsoniteAg4MnSb2S6
2.GA.20WitticheniteCu3BiS3
2.GA.25LapieiteNiCuSbS3
2.GA.25MückeiteNiCu(Bi,Sb)S3
2.GA.25MalyshevitePdCuBiS3
2.GA.25LisiguangitePtCuBiS3
2.GA.30AktashiteCu6Hg3As4S12
2.GA.30GruzdeviteCu6Hg3Sb4S12
2.GA.30NowackiiteCu6Zn3As4S12
2.GA.35LaffittiteAgHgAsS3
2.GA.40RouthieriteTl(Cu,Ag)(Hg,Zn)2(As,Sb)2S6
2.GA.40StalderiteTl(Cu,Ag)(Zn,Fe,Hg)2(As,Sb)2S6
2.GA.45ErniggliiteTl2SnAs2S6
2.GA.50BournonitePbCuSbS3
2.GA.50SeligmannitePbCuAsS3
2.GA.50SoučekitePbCuBi(S,Se)3

Other Names for Skinnerite

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 Skinnerite

Reference List:
Karup-Moeller, S., Makovicky, E. (1974): Skinnerite, a new Sulfosalt from the Ilimaussaq Alkaline Intrusion, South Greenland, American Mineralogist, Vol. 59, 889-895

Canadian Mineralogist (1995): 33: 655-663.

Internet Links for Skinnerite

Localities for Skinnerite

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.
Bulgaria
 
  • Kardzhali Oblast (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali; Kurdjali)
    • Ardino Obshtina
http://www.bgd.bg/summanual_2002_5.htm; Dobrev, S., Strashimirov, S., Vassileva, M., & Dragiev, H. (2002). Silver and silver-bearing phases from Chala and Pcheloiad deposits (Eastern Rhodopes) and Eniovche deposit (Central Rhodopes). Univ Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” Annual, 1-6.
China
 
  • Sichuan Province
    • Ya'an Prefecture
      • Shimian Co.
Wang Xiaochun (2000): Acta Geologica Sinica 74(3), 544-547.
  • Yunnan Province
    • Chuxiong Autonomous Prefecture
      • Wuding Co.
        • Luoci Cu ore field
Yongbei Zhang, Shihua Sun, Chengyan Xu, Hao Wang, Chongsun Zhao, and Zhihua Zhu (2003): Resource Geology 53(4), 261-272.
    • Honghe Autonomous Prefecture
      • Mengzi Co.
Xinpei Jiang (1994): Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 13(5), 278-284
Germany
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
Walenta, K. (1992): Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, 336 pp. (in German)
Greenland
 
  • Kujalleq
    • Narsaq
Petersen, O.V. (2001): List of all minerals identified in the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin. 190, 25-33
        • Kangerluarsuk Fjord (Kangerdluarssuq Fjord)
          • Head of Kangerluarsuk
Karup-Moeller, S., Makovicky, E. (1974): Skinnerite, a new Sulfosalt from the Ilimaussaq Alkaline Intrusion, South Greenland, American Mineralogist, Vol. 59, 889-895; Karup-Møller, S., Makovicky, E. (1974): Skinnerite, a new Sulfosalt from the Ilimaussaq Alkaline Intrusion, South Greenland. American Mineralogist. 59, 889-895
Hungary
 
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
    • Rudabányai Mts
      • Rudabánya
Szakáll: Minerals of Rudabánya, 2001
Slovakia
 
  • Košice Region
    • Košice Co.
      • Košice (Kaschau)
Peterec D., Pauco M., Horský S., Ďuďa R., 1990: Zriedkavá asociácia minerálov z magnezitového ložiska Bankov (Košice). Zborník Východoslovenského múzea v Košiciach, Prírodné vedy, 31, 185-196 (in Slovak).
USA
 
  • Nevada
    • Nye Co.
      • Toquima Range
        • Belmont District
          • Belmont
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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