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Tellurite

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Formula:
TeO2
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
White to yellow, bright ...
Lustre:
Sub-Adamantine
Hardness:
2
Name:
Named for its tellurium content.
Dimorph of:
This page provides mineralogical data about Tellurite.

Classification of Tellurite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
4.DE.20

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
D : Metal: Oxygen = 1:2 and similar
E : With medium-sized cations; with various polyhedra
4.4.6.1

4 : SIMPLE OXIDES
4 : AX2
7.17.2

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
17 : Oxides of Se and Te
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Type Occurrence of Tellurite

Year of Discovery:
1842

Physical Properties of Tellurite

Sub-Adamantine
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent
Colour:
White to yellow, bright yellow to orange-yellow; nearly colourless in transmitted light
Hardness (Mohs):
2
Cleavage:
Perfect
Perfect on {010}.
Density:
5.88 - 5.92 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.83 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Tellurite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.6Å, b = 12.03Å, c = 5.46Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.466 : 1 : 0.454
Unit Cell Volume:
V 367.83 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Acicular [001] and thin laths {010}, often striated [001]. Grouped in tufts and in spherical masses with a radiated structure. Powdery coatings.

Optical Data of Tellurite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 2.000 nβ = 2.180 nγ = 2.350
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.350
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 Tellurite

Formula:
TeO2
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
CAS Registry number:
7446-07-3

CAS Registry numbers are published by the American Chemical Society

Relationship of Tellurite to other Species

4.DE.05DowneyiteSeO2
4.DE.10Koragoite(Mn2+,Fe3+)3(Nb,Ta,Ti)2(Nb,Mn)2(W,Ta)2O20
4.DE.15KoechliniteBi2MoO6
4.DE.15RusselliteBi2WO6
4.DE.15TungstibiteSb23+WO6
4.DE.25ParatelluriteTeO2
4.DE.30BismutotantaliteBi(Ta,Nb)O4
4.DE.30BismutocolumbiteBi(Nb,Ta)O4
4.DE.30CervantiteSb3+Sb5+O4
4.DE.30StibiotantaliteSb(Ta,Nb)O4
4.DE.30StibiocolumbiteSb(Nb,Ta)O4
4.DE.30ClinocervantiteSb3+Sb5+O4
4.DE.35BaddeleyiteZrO2

Other Names for Tellurite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Tellurit
Japanese:テルル石
Simplified Chinese:黄碲矿
Spanish:Tellurita

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 Tellurite

Reference List:
Petz, W. (1842), Ann. Phys. Chem., 57, 478 (as tellurige Säure).

Krenner (1886), Term. Füz.: 10: 81, 106.

Ito (1933), Journal Geol. Soc. Tokyo: 40: 613.

Kato, Shibata, and Nakamoto (1933), Journal Geol. Soc. Tokyo: 40: 233.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 593-595.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 124: 228-237.

Journal of the Mineral Society of Japan (1981): 15: 6.

Internet Links for Tellurite

Specimens:
The following Tellurite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Tellurite

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.
Burma (Myanmar)
 
  • Mandalay Division
    • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data, Sieghard Ellenberger specimens
Canada
 
  • Ontario
    • Sudbury District
      • Norman Township
Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., (2003), Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
    • Timiskaming District
      • Bannockburn Township
D. C. Harris, W. D. Sinclair, and R. I. Thorpe (1983) Telluride minerals from the Ashley Deposit, Bannockburn Township, Ontario. Can Mineral 21: 137-143
Chile
 
  • Coquimbo Region
    • Elqui Province
      • El Indio deposit
M.Dini collectioni - analysed with EDX, PDf & microprobe (by dr. Jochen Schluter)
Back, M.E., Grice, J.D., Gault, R.A., Criddle, A.J. & Mandarino, J.A. (1999): Walfordite, a new tellurite from the Wendy open pit, El Indio - Tambo mining property, Chile. Canadian Mineralogist 37, 1261-1268.
China
 
  • Hebei Province
    • Zhangjiakou Prefecture
      • Chongli Co.
Jiuling Li, Makovicky, E., Rose Hansen, J., Petersen, S.B., Feng Qi, Yanhe Cui, and Qingsheng Xu (2001): Geoscience 15(2), 189-196
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
          • Jáchymov (St Joachimsthal)
Vogl (1857) Gangverhaltn. und Mineralreich, Joachimsthal, Teplitz: 169; Palache et al (1951), Dana's System of Mineralogiy, 7th. ed., Vol. 2: 262.
France
 
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
    • Lozère
      • Saint-Amans
        • Estables
Patrice Queneau Collection
  • Rhône-Alpes
    • Loire
      • Saint-Etienne
        • La Ricamarie
Laurent, H. (1995) - Minéralisations des houillères embrasées, Le Règne Minéral,(2), 41-45.
Hungary
 
  • Heves Co.
    • Mátra Mts
      • Gyöngyössolymos
Japan
 
  • Hokkaido
    • Sapporo
      • Teine mine
Zemann, A., and Zemann, J. (1960): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 7, 436-438.; Yosimura, T. (1939): Teineite, a new tellurate mineral from the Teine mine, Hokkaido, Japan. J. Fac. Sci. Hokkaido Univ. IV 4, 465.
  • Honshu Island
    • Chubu Region
      • Shizuoka Prefecture
        • Shimoda City
          • Rendaiji
(Masutomi Museum specimen, Kyoto; Yamada, S. (2004) Nihonsan-koubutsu Gojuon-hairetsu Sanchi-ichiranhyou (111 pp.)
Mexico
 
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Cananea
J F Carpenter
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
      • Moctezuma
Panczner(1987):108-401.
No reference listed
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Poland
 
  • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
    • Rudawy Janowickie Mts
      • Czarnów
        • Rędziny
Parafiniuk J. 2003: Secondary bismuth and tellurium minerals from Rędziny (SW Poland). Mineralogia Polonica, vol. 34, no.2, 3-14
Romania (TL)
 
  • Alba Co.
    • Zlatna (Zalatna; Zalathna)
Dana 4:502
  • Hunedoara Co.
    • Deva
No reference listed
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Tuva Republic
      • Sayan Mts
        • Eastern Sayan
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
  • Far-Eastern Region
    • Kamchatka Oblast'
V.A. Kovalenker, O.Yu. Plotinskaya (2005): Te and Se mineralogy of Ozernovskoe and Prasolovskoe epithermal gold deposits, Kuril – Kamchatka volcanic belt. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology 43, 118-123. [http://www.geology.bas.bg/mineralogy/gmp_files/gmp43/Kovalenker.pdf]
    • Primorskiy Kray
      • Kavalerovo Mining District
        • Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche)
Dana 7:I:594.
    • Sakhalinskaya Oblast'
      • Kuril Islands
        • Kunashir Island
P.M. Kartashov data
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Mule Mts
        • Warren District
[MinRec 24:421]
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 389; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
  • Colorado
    • Boulder Co.
      • Balarat District
Dana 7:I:594 & Dana 6:1089.
      • Gold Hill District
        • Gold Hill
Note from mine geologist, 2005. Richard Smith Collection
      • Jamestown District
Dana 6:11 & Dana 7:I:594.
      • Magnolia District
Dana 6: 11, 980; Dana 7:I: 594.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Sugarloaf District
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Gunnison Co.
      • Vulcan District (Cebolla District; Domingo District)
        • Vulcan
Dana 7:I:199,594 & II:508.
    • Hinsdale Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
    • San Juan Co.
      • Poughkeepsie Gulch
        • Alaska Basin
Dana 7:I:446, 476; Dana 6:114, 1091; Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Mon.:555-576 (1992).
    • Teller Co.
      • Cripple Creek District
Min Rec 36:2 pp143-185
Min Rec 36:2 pp143-185
Min Rec 36:2 pp143-185; USGS Professional Paper 54
  • Nevada
    • Esmeralda Co.
      • Goldfield District
        • Goldfield
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
NBMG Spec Pub 31 Minerals of Nevada
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Nye Co.
      • Toquima Range
NBMG Spec Pub 31 Minerals of Nevada
  • New Mexico
    • Catron Co.
      • Wilcox District
        • Lone Pine Hill area
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. Ed., 1996
  • South Dakota
    • Custer Co.
      • Custer District
SDSMT Bull 18 Roberts and Rapp "Mineralogy of the Black Hills"
  • Utah
    • Utah Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • East Tintic District
SEM EDS confirmed by Rob Bowell.
Uzbekistan
 
  • Tashkent Viloyati (Toshkent)
    • Angren Region
      • Chatkal-Kuraminskii Range
Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
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