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Veszelyite

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Formula:
(Cu,Zn)
 
2
Zn(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicColour: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

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:7/D.19-30
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:8.DA.30

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

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

19 : Phosphates
6 : Phosphates of Zn
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Type Occurrence of Veszelyite

Type Locality:Ocna de Fier (Vaskö-Moraviţa; Vaskö-Moravicza; Eisenstein), Ocna de Fier-Dognecea District, Banat Mts, Caraş-Severin Co., Romania
Year of Discovery:1874

Occurrences of Veszelyite

Geological Setting:Oxidised zones of base metal deposits.

Physical Properties of Veszelyite

Lustre: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 (measured):3.4 g/cm3
Density (calculated):3.42 g/cm3

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°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.040 - 0.055

Chart 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)
 
2
Zn(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:(Cu,Zn)2Zn(PO4)2·2H2O
Essential elements:Cu, H, O, P, Zn
All elements listed in formula:Cu, H, O, P, Zn

Relationship of Veszelyite to other Species

Common Associates:
PseudomalachiteMalachiteLibetheniteKipushiteHemimorphite
BrochantiteAurichalcite
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
8.DA.05Bearsite
Be
 
2
(AsO
 
4
)(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DA.05Moraesite
Be
 
2
(PO
 
4
)(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Roscherite
Ca
 
2
Mn
2+
5
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Zanazziite
Ca
 
2
Mg
 
5
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Greifensteinite
Ca
 
2
Fe
2+
5
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Atencioite
Ca
 
2
Fe
2+
3
Mg
 
2
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Ruifrancoite
Ca
 
2
 
2
(Fe
3+
 
,Mn
2+
 
,Mg)
 
4
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
(OH,H
 
2
O)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Guimarãesite
Ca
 
2
(Zn,Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
5
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.10Footemineite
Ca
 
2
Mn
2+
 
Mn
2+
2
Mn
2+
2
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
8.DA.15Uralolite
Ca
 
2
Be
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
3
· 5H
 
2
O
8.DA.20Weinebeneite
CaBe
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
8.DA.25Tiptopite
K
 
2
(Na,Ca)
 
2
Li
 
3
Be
 
6
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· H
 
2
O
8.DA.35Kipushite
(Cu,Zn)
 
5
Zn(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· H
 
2
O
8.DA.35Philipsburgite
(Cu,Zn)
 
6
(AsO
 
4
,PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· H
 
2
O
8.DA.40Spencerite
Zn
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DA.45Glucine
CaBe
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
4
· 0.5H
 
2
O
8.DA.50Ianbruceite
[Zn
 
2
(OH)(H
 
2
O)(AsO
 
4
)](H
 
2
O)
 
2
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
19.6.1Tarbuttite
Zn
 
2
(PO
 
4
)(OH)
19.6.2Spencerite
Zn
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
19.6.3Hopeite
Zn
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
19.6.4Parahopeite
Zn
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
19.6.6Kipushite
(Cu,Zn)
 
5
Zn(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· H
 
2
O
19.6.7Scholzite
CaZn
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
19.6.8Parascholzite
CaZn
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
19.6.9Ehrleite
Ca
 
4
Be
 
3
Zn
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
· 9H
 
2
O
19.6.10Faustite
(Zn,Cu)Al
 
6
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
8
· 4H
 
2
O
19.6.11Aheylite
(Fe
2+
 
,Zn)Al
 
6
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
8
· 4H
 
2
O
19.6.12Jungite
Ca
 
2
Zn
 
4
Fe
3+
8
(PO
 
4
)
 
9
(OH)
 
9
· 16H
 
2
O
19.6.13Schoonerite
ZnMn
2+
 
Fe
2+
2
Fe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 9H
 
2
O
19.6.14Phosphophyllite
Zn
 
2
Fe(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O

Other Names for Veszelyite

Synonyms:
ArakawaiteKipushite (of Buttgenbach)
Other Languages:
German:Veszelyit
Russian:Весцелиит
Simplified Chinese:磷砷锌铜矿
Spanish:Veszelyita

Other Information

Other Information:Soluble in acids.
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 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.

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    Localities for Veszelyite

    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.
    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
    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.
    Ryoichi SADANAGA and Michiaki BUNNO (1974) THE WAKABAYASHI MINERAL COLLECTION Bulletin No. 7 The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
    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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