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Veszelyite

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Formula:
(Cu,Zn)2Zn(PO4)2 · 2H2O
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Green, blue, greenish ...
Hardness:
3½ - 4
Name:
Named after A. Veszeli (1820-1888), Hungarian mining engineer, who discovered the species.
A rare secondary Cu-Zn mineral occurring in the oxidised zones of base metal deposits.

Classification of Veszelyite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
8.DA.30

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H2O
A : With small (and occasionally larger) cations
42.2.3.1

42 : HYDRATED PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
2 : (AB)3(XO4)Zq·xH2O
19.6.5

19 : Phosphates
6 : Phosphates of Zn
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First Recorded Occurrence of Veszelyite

Year of Discovery:
1874

Occurrences of Veszelyite

Geological Setting:
Oxidised zones of base metal deposits.

Physical Properties of Veszelyite

Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Translucent
Colour:
Green, blue, greenish blue, dark blue; greenish blue in transmitted light
Streak:
Green to white
Hardness (Mohs):
3½ - 4
Cleavage:
Distinct/Good
On {001} and {110}.
Density:
3.4 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.42 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Veszelyite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
P21/b
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.8275Å, b = 10.2244Å, c = 7.5322Å
β = 103.18°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.961 : 1 : 0.737
Unit Cell Volume:
V 736.90 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Crystals short prismatic {100}, elongated [001]. Commonly pseudo-octahedral {100} and {011}, modified by {001}, {110}, {111} and {121}; also as granular aggregates.

Optical Data of Veszelyite

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.618 - 1.640 nβ = 1.622 - 1.658 nγ = 1.658 - 1.695
2V:
Measured: 35° to 71°, Calculated: 38° to 72°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.040 - 0.055
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
r > v
Pleochroism:
Weak
Comments:
Z = Blue
X = Greenish blue

Chemical Properties of Veszelyite

Formula:
(Cu,Zn)2Zn(PO4)2 · 2H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Veszelyite to other Species

8.DA.05BearsiteBe2(AsO4)(OH) · 4H2O
8.DA.05MoraesiteBe2(PO4)(OH) · 4H2O
8.DA.10RoscheriteCa2Mn52+Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10ZanazziiteCa2Mg5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10GreifensteiniteCa2Fe52+Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10AtencioiteCa2Fe32+Mg2Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10RuifrancoiteCa22(Fe3+,Mn2+,Mg)4Be4(PO4)6(OH)4(OH,H2O)2 · 4H2O
8.DA.10GuimarãesiteCa2(Zn,Mg,Fe2+)5Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.10FootemineiteCa2Mn2+Mn22+Mn22+Be4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 6H2O
8.DA.15UraloliteCa2Be4(PO4)3(OH)3 · 5H2O
8.DA.20WeinebeneiteCaBe3(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2O
8.DA.25TiptopiteK2(Na,Ca)2Li3Be6(PO4)6(OH)2 · H2O
8.DA.35Kipushite(Cu,Zn)5Zn(PO4)2(OH)6 · H2O
8.DA.35Philipsburgite(Cu,Zn)6(AsO4,PO4)2(OH)6 · H2O
8.DA.40SpenceriteZn4(PO4)2(OH)2 · 3H2O
8.DA.45GlucineCaBe4(PO4)2(OH)4 · 0.5H2O
8.DA.50Ianbruceite[Zn2(OH)(H2O)(AsO4)](H2O)2
19.6.1TarbuttiteZn2(PO4)(OH)
19.6.2SpenceriteZn4(PO4)2(OH)2 · 3H2O
19.6.3HopeiteZn3(PO4)2 · 4H2O
19.6.4ParahopeiteZn3(PO4)2 · 4H2O
19.6.6Kipushite(Cu,Zn)5Zn(PO4)2(OH)6 · H2O
19.6.7ScholziteCaZn2(PO4)2 · 2H2O
19.6.8ParascholziteCaZn2(PO4)2 · 2H2O
19.6.9EhrleiteCa4Be3Zn2(PO4)6 · 9H2O
19.6.10Faustite(Zn,Cu)Al6(PO4)4(OH)8 · 4H2O
19.6.11Aheylite(Fe2+,Zn)Al6(PO4)4(OH)8 · 4H2O
19.6.12JungiteCa2Zn4Fe83+(PO4)9(OH)9 · 16H2O
19.6.13SchooneriteZnMn2+Fe22+Fe3+(PO4)3(OH)2 · 9H2O
19.6.14PhosphophylliteZn2Fe(PO4)2 · 4H2O

Other Names for Veszelyite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Veszelyit
Simplified Chinese:磷砷锌铜矿
Spanish:Veszelyita

Other Information

Other Information:
Soluble in acids.
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 Veszelyite

Reference List:
Schrauf (1874) Anz. Ak. Wien: 11: 135.

Schrauf (1879) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 4: 31.

Mennell (1920) Mineralogical Magazine: 19: 69.

Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 153.

Wakabayashi and Komada (1921) Journal of the Geological Society Tokyo: 28: 191 (as Arakawaite).

Ito (1927) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 65: 305.

Zsivny (1931) Magyar Tudom. Akad. Mat. Termeszett. Ertisitö, Budapest: 48: 331.

Buttgenbach (1932) Ac. Roy. Belgique, Bull., Cl. Sc.: 18: 43.

Zsivny (1932) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 82: 87.

Hintze, C. (1933) Handbuch der Mineralogie, I(4.2), 891–893.

Buttgenbach (1941) Ac. Roy. Belgique, Bull., Cl. Sc.: 448.

Berry (1948) American Mineralogist: 33: 750.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 916-918.

Ghose, S., S.R. Leo, and C. Wan (1974) Structural chemistry of copper and zinc minerals: Part I. Veszelyite, (Cu, Zn)2ZnPO4(OH)3 •2H2O: a novel type of sheet structure and crystal chemistry of copper-zinc substitution. American Mineralogist: 59: 573–581.

Internet Links for Veszelyite

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

Localities for Veszelyite

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.
Chile
 
  • Atacama Region
    • Huasco Province
      • Vallenar
        • Sierra Bolsico area
M. Dini & A.Molina Collections - analysed with quantitative and semi quantitative methods by Dr. Jochen Schluter (curator of Hamburg Mineral Museum)
China
 
  • Yunnan Province
    • Honghe Autonomous Prefecture
      • Gejiu Co.
        • Gejiu Sn-polymetallic ore field
Ottens, B. (2006): LAPIS 31 (4), 20
    • Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
      • Maguan Co.
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Kipushi
Kampunzu, A.B., Cailteux, J.L.H., Kamona, A.F., Intiomale, M.M., and Melcher, F. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 263-297.; Piret, P., Deliens, M., & Piret-Meunier, J. (1985). Occurrence and crystal structure of kipushite, a new copper-zinc phosphate from Kipushi, Zaire. Canadian Mineralogist, 23, 35-42.
Greece
 
  • Attikí Prefecture (Attica; Attika)
    • Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium)
      • Lavrion District Mines
        • Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamariza)
No reference listed
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1986): Neufunde in den Schlacken von Laurion. Lapis, 11 (6), 25-29; 42.; Gelaude, Piet, van Kalmthout, Piet and Rewitzer, Christian (1996): Laurion: The Minerals in the Ancient Slags
Italy
 
  • Sardinia
    • Cagliari Province
      • Villaputzu
Orlandi, P. & Campostrini, I. (2005): Zibaldone. Aggiornamenti di mineralogia italiana 2004. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 3/2005, 184-191.
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chubu Region
      • Gifu Prefecture
        • Hida City
    • Kinki Region
      • Shiga Prefecture
        • Konan City
          • Ishibe
Okamoto, A., Miyawaki, R. & Nakai, I. (1988): Petersite from the Haiyama quarry, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Geoscience Magazine 37, 191-194.
    • Tohoku Region
      • Akita Prefecture
        • Daisen
Ryoichi SADANAGA and Michiaki BUNNO (1974) THE WAKABAYASHI MINERAL COLLECTION Bulletin No. 7 The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
        • Kyohwa
Wakabayashi and Komada (1921) Journal of the Geological Society Tokyo: 28: 191; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 917.
        • Nishisemboku
Ryoichi SADANAGA and Michiaki BUNNO (1974) THE WAKABAYASHI MINERAL COLLECTION Bulletin No. 7 The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Mexico
 
  • Puebla
    • Mun. de Zacapoaxtla
      • Zacapoaxtla
Panczner(1987):390.
Romania
 
  • Caraş-Severin Co.
    • Banat Mts
      • Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District
Zsivny, V.(1932): Veszelyite from Vaskö, Moravia. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Kristallgeometrie, Kristallphysik, Kristallchemie 82, 87-110.; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 917.
UK
 
  • Scotland
    • Dumfries & Galloway (Dumfriesshire)
      • Wanlockhead
        • Wanlock Dod-Whytes Cleuch
S Rust Collection
BMS Database
USA
 
  • Michigan
    • Keweenaw Co.
      • Ahmeek
Mineralogy of Michigan (E. W. Heinrich & G. W. Robinson)
  • Montana
    • Granite Co.
      • Philipsburg District (Flint Creek District)
        • John Long Mts
          • Black Pine Ridge
Waisman D. (1992) Minerals of the Black Pine Mine, Granite County, Montana Mineralogical Record, Vol. 23 No. 6, p. 477-483.; Gobla, M. J. (2012) Montana Mineral Locality Index. Rocks and Minerals 87:208-240.
  • Nevada
    • Lincoln Co.
      • Bristol and Jackrabbit Districts
        • Bristol Silver Mines Inc.
Bob Werner (2009) Mineral News, 25, #11, 1-5.
Zambia
 
  • Central Province
    • Kabwe District
      • Kabwe (Broken Hill)
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 917.
Zimbabwe
 
  • Mashonaland West
    • Kadoma District
Vetter, U., Weck, H.-D., Weale, T., Klosa, D., Wittich, C. and Hoffmann, K. (1999): A provisional inventory of the Sanyati oxide-zone minerals, Zimbabwe. Z. Angew. Geol. 45, 15-21.
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