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Skinnerite

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Formula:
Cu
 
3
SbS
 
3
Antimony relative of Wittichenite
System:MonoclinicColour: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.
This page provides mineralogical data about Skinnerite.

Classification of Skinnerite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:2/E.03-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID: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
Dana 8th edition ID:3.4.8.2

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

Type Locality:Skinnerite occurrence, Head of Kangerluarsuk, Kangerluarsuk Fjord (Kangerdluarssuq Fjord), Ilímaussaq complex, Narsaq, Kujalleq, Greenland
Year of Discovery:1974

Physical Properties of Skinnerite

Lustre: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 (calculated):5.11 g/cm3

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:
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:
Cu
 
3
SbS
 
3


Antimony relative of Wittichenite
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu3SbS3
Essential elements:Cu, S, Sb
All elements listed in formula:Cu, S, Sb
Common Impurities:Ag

Relationship of Skinnerite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
2.GA.05Proustite
Ag
 
3
AsS
 
3
2.GA.05Pyrargyrite
Ag
 
3
SbS
 
3
2.GA.10Pyrostilpnite
Ag
 
3
SbS
 
3
2.GA.10Xanthoconite
Ag
 
3
AsS
 
3
2.GA.15Samsonite
Ag
 
4
MnSb
 
2
S
 
6
2.GA.20Wittichenite
Cu
 
3
BiS
 
3
2.GA.25Lapieite
NiCuSbS
 
3
2.GA.25Mückeite
NiCu(Bi,Sb)S
 
3
2.GA.25Malyshevite
PdCuBiS
 
3
2.GA.25Lisiguangite
PtCuBiS
 
3
2.GA.30Aktashite
Cu
 
6
Hg
 
3
As
 
4
S
 
12
2.GA.30Gruzdevite
Cu
 
6
Hg
 
3
Sb
 
4
S
 
12
2.GA.30Nowackiite
Cu
 
6
Zn
 
3
As
 
4
S
 
12
2.GA.35Laffittite
AgHgAsS
 
3
2.GA.40Routhierite
Tl(Cu,Ag)(Hg,Zn)
 
2
(As,Sb)
 
2
S
 
6
2.GA.40Stalderite
Tl(Cu,Ag)(Zn,Fe,Hg)
 
2
(As,Sb)
 
2
S
 
6
2.GA.45Erniggliite
Tl
 
2
SnAs
 
2
S
 
6
2.GA.50Bournonite
PbCuSbS
 
3
2.GA.50Seligmannite
PbCuAsS
 
3
2.GA.50Součekite
PbCuBi(S,Se)
 
3

Other Names for Skinnerite

Synonyms:
IMA1973-035
Other Languages:
German:Skinnerit
Russian:Скиннерит
Spanish:Skinnerita

Other Information

Fluorescence in UV light:Not fluorescent
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 Skinnerite

Reference List:

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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.

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  • Localities for Skinnerite

    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.
    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 Mtns
        • 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.
        • Belmont District
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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