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Tellurobismuthite

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Formula:
Bi
 
2
Te
 
3
System:TrigonalColour:Lead-grey
Lustre:MetallicHardness:1½ - 2
Name:The name reflects its composition: tellurium and bismuth.

Classification of Tellurobismuthite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:2/D.09-20
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:2.DC.05

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
D : Metal Sulfides, M: S = 3 :4 and 2:3
C : Variable M:S
Dana 8th edition ID:2.11.7.2

2 : SULFIDES
11 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Hey's CIM Ref.:3.7.24

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
7 : Sulphides etc. of V, As, Sb and Bi
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Type Occurrence of Tellurobismuthite

Co-type Localities:Mosnap mine, Skafså, Tokke, Telemark, Norway
Boly Field Mine (Field's Mine; Field's vein), Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co., Georgia, USA
Little Mildred mine (Green mine), Sylvanite District, Hidalgo Co., New Mexico, USA
Year of Discovery:1815

Physical Properties of Tellurobismuthite

Lustre:Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Opaque
Colour:Lead-grey
Streak:Pale lead-gray
Hardness (Mohs):1½ - 2

Crystallography of Tellurobismuthite

Crystal System:Trigonal
Cell Parameters:a = 4.43Å, c = 29.91Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 6.752
Unit Cell Volume:V 508.34 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Chemical Properties of Tellurobismuthite

Formula:
Bi
 
2
Te
 
3
Simplified for copy/paste:Bi2Te3
Essential elements:Bi, Te
All elements listed in formula:Bi, Te
Common Impurities:S

Relationship of Tellurobismuthite to other Species

Series:Forms a series with Tellurantimony (see here)
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

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2.DC.05Hedleyite
Bi
 
7
Te
 
3
2.DC.05Ikunolite
Bi
 
4
(S,Se)
 
3
2.DC.05Ingodite
Bi
 
2
TeS
2.DC.05Joséite-B
Bi
 
4
Te
 
2
S
2.DC.05Kawazulite
Bi
 
2
Te
 
2
Se
2.DC.05Laitakarite
Bi
 
4
Se
 
2
S
2.DC.05Nevskite
Bi(Se,S)
2.DC.05Paraguanajuatite
Bi
 
2
(Se,S)
 
3
2.DC.05Pilsenite
Bi
 
4
Te
 
3
2.DC.05Skippenite
Bi
 
2
TeSe
 
2
2.DC.05Sulphotsumoite
Bi
 
3
Te
 
2
S
2.DC.05Tellurantimony
Sb
 
2
Te
 
3
2.DC.05Tetradymite
Bi
 
2
Te
 
2
S
2.DC.05Tsumoite
BiTe
2.DC.05Baksanite
Bi
 
6
Te
 
2
S
 
3
2.DC.05Joséite-C
Bi
 
16
Te
 
3
S
 
9
2.DC.05Protojoséite
Bi
 
4
TeS
 
2
2.DC.05Sztrókayite
Bi
 
3
TeS
 
2
2.DC.05Vihorlatite
Bi
 
24
Se
 
17
Te
 
4
2.DC.05Telluronevskite
Bi
 
3
TeSe
 
2
2.DC.05UM1983-09-S:BiPbTe
PbBi
 
3
S
 
2
Te
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
3.7.1Patrónite
VS
 
4
3.7.2Duranusite
As
 
4
S
3.7.3Dimorphite
As
 
4
S
 
3
3.7.4Realgar
As
 
4
S
 
4
3.7.5Pararealgar
As
 
4
S
 
4
3.7.6Alacránite
As
 
8
S
 
9
3.7.7Uzonite
As
 
4
S
 
5
3.7.8Orpiment
As
 
2
S
 
3
3.7.9Jeromite
3.7.10Laphamite
As
 
2
(Se,S)
 
3
3.7.11Getchellite
AsSbS
 
3
3.7.12Wakabayashilite
[(As,Sb)
 
6
S
 
9
][As
 
4
S
 
5
]
3.7.13Pääkkönenite
Sb
 
2
AsS
 
2
3.7.14Stibnite
Sb
 
2
S
 
3
3.7.15Metastibnite
Sb
 
2
S
 
3
3.7.16Tellurantimony
Sb
 
2
Te
 
3
3.7.17Bismuthinite
Bi
 
2
S
 
3
3.7.18Nevskite
Bi(Se,S)
3.7.19Guanajuatite
Bi
 
2
(Se,S)
 
3
3.7.21Ikunolite
Bi
 
4
(S,Se)
 
3
3.7.22Laitakarite
Bi
 
4
Se
 
2
S
3.7.23Poubaite
PbBi
 
2
(Se,Te,S)
 
4
3.7.25Součekite
PbCuBi(S,Se)
 
3
3.7.26Tsumoite
BiTe
3.7.27Pilsenite
Bi
 
4
Te
 
3
3.7.28Hedleyite
Bi
 
7
Te
 
3
3.7.29Tetradymite
Bi
 
2
Te
 
2
S
3.7.30Joséite
Bi
 
4
TeS
 
2
3.7.31Joséite-B
Bi
 
4
Te
 
2
S
3.7.32Ingodite
Bi
 
2
TeS
3.7.33Sulphotsumoite
Bi
 
3
Te
 
2
S
3.7.34Kawazulite
Bi
 
2
Te
 
2
Se
3.7.36Skippenite
Bi
 
2
TeSe
 
2
3.7.37Kochkarite
PbBi
 
4
Te
 
7
3.7.38Rucklidgeite
(Bi,Pb)
 
3
Te
 
4
3.7.39Aleksite
PbBi
 
2
Te
 
2
S
 
2
3.7.40Junoite
Cu
 
2
Pb
 
3
Bi
 
8
(S,Se)
 
16

Other Names for Tellurobismuthite

Synonyms:
TellurbismuthTellurbunden WismuthTellur-Wismuth
Other Languages:
German:Tellurobismuthit
Tellurobismutit
Russian:Теллуровисмутит
Simplified Chinese:碲铋矿
Spanish:Tellurobismuthita

Other Information

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 Tellurobismuthite

Reference List:

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Esmark, [J.] (1815): Description of a new ore of tellurium. Transactions of the Geological Society. 3, 413-414. [First description of tellurobismuthinite, as Tellur-Wismuth]

Berzelius, J. (1823): Undersökning af tvenne i K. Vet. Academinens Mineralsamling befintliga Mineralier. Kongliga Vetenskaps-Academiens Handlingar, för år 1823, 183-189 [as Tellurbunden Wismuth]

Frondel, C. (1940), Redefinition of tellurobismuthite and vandiestite. American Journal of Science, 5th. Series: 238, 880-888.

American Mineralogist (1940): 25: 208.

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, 834pp.: 160-161.

Acta Crystallographica (1974): B30: 1307.

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