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Sonoraite

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Formula:
Fe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2O
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Yellow-green
Hardness:
3
Name:
Named in 1968 by Richard Valentine Gaines, Gaibrielle Donnay, and Max H. Hey after its discovery locality.
This page provides mineralogical data about Sonoraite.

Classification of Sonoraite

Approved 1968
4.JN.05

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
N : Tellurites with additional anions, with H2O
34.7.1.1

34 : SELENITES, TELLURITES AND SULFITES
7 : Hydrated Selenites, Tellurites and Sulfites containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
28.3.25

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

Year of Discovery:
1968

Physical Properties of Sonoraite

Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent
Colour:
Yellow-green
Hardness (Mohs):
3

Crystallography of Sonoraite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.98Å, b = 10.26Å, c = 7.91Å
β = 108.48°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.07 : 1 : 0.771
Unit Cell Volume:
V 845.15 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Sonoraite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 2.018 nβ = 2.023 nγ = 2.025
2V:
Measured: 20° to 25°, Calculated: 64°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.007
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
relatively weak

Chemical Properties of Sonoraite

Formula:
Fe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Sonoraite to other Species

4.JN.10PoughiteFe23+(TeO3)2(SO4)(H2O)2 · H2O
4.JN.15CesbroniteCu5(TeO3)2(OH)6 · 2H2O
4.JN.20EztlitePb2Fe63+(Te4+O3)3(Te6+O6)(OH)10 · 8H2O
4.JN.25OboyeriteH6(Pb,Ca)6(Te4+O3)3(Te6+O6)2 · 2H2O
4.JN.30JuabiteCaCu10(TeO3)4(AsO4)4(OH)2 · 4H2O
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
28.3.19Schmitterite(UO2)(TeO3)
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
28.3.26RodalquilariteFe2(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 Sonoraite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Sonorait
Spanish:Sonoraita

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 Sonoraite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1968): 53: 1828-1832.

Tschermaks Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 14: 27-44.

Internet Links for Sonoraite

Localities for Sonoraite

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.
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chubu Region
      • Shizuoka Prefecture
        • Shimoda City
          • Rendaiji
Matsubara, S. & Miyawaki, R. (1999) Chigaku Kenkyu (Geoscience Magazine), 47, 225-228.; Takashi Yamada, Tokuhei Tagai, Takeshi Kojiro, Akira Harada, and Yasuhiro Kosuge (1999) Rare Minerals from Kawazu Mine, Shizuoka Prefecture. Chikyu-Wakusei Godo-Taikai Koen-Yoshi (Abstract of the Joint Meeting of the Societies of Earth and Planetary Sciences), conference presentation, Mc-002
Mexico (TL)
 
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
      • Moctezuma
Amer.Min.(1968) 53, 1828-1832; Panczner(1987):108-401.
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Tombstone Hills
        • Tombstone District
In the collection of Brent Thorne.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 356, 375.
          • Silver Plume Mine (Emerald & Silver Plume Mine group)
Georges FAVREAU collection
          • Tombstone
Mike Scott S102666 fm Cureton CWB ID by A. Roberts
  • California
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Baker
        • Otto Mountain
PXRD analyzed by Tony Kampf.
  • Colorado
    • Gunnison Co.
      • Vulcan District (Cebolla District; Domingo District)
        • Vulcan
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Teller Co.
      • Cripple Creek District
        • Cripple Creek
Min Rec 36:2 pp143-185
  • Nevada
    • Esmeralda Co.
      • Goldfield District
        • Goldfield
Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • Tintic District
          • Mammoth
John Dagenais collection, ID'd by EDS.
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