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(Zn,Cu,Fe)SO4 · 7H2O
Pale greenish-blue, ...
Named after its zinc content and relationship to Melanterite.
Melanterite Group.

Dehydrates readily under ambient conditions.

Classification of Zincmelanterite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
C : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) without additional anions, with H2O
B : With only medium-sized cations

6 : AXO4·xH2O

25 : Sulphates
5 : Sulphates of Zn and Hg URL:
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Type Occurrence of Zincmelanterite

Year of Discovery:

Physical Properties of Zincmelanterite

Pale greenish-blue, yellow-green, apple-green; very pale blue-green in transmitted light
Hardness (Mohs):

Crystallography of Zincmelanterite

Crystal System:
Massive, columnar. Comprised of microscopic rod-like crystals.

Optical Data of Zincmelanterite

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.477 - 1.479 nβ = 1.483 - 1.487 nγ = 1.488 - 1.489
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.011
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of Zincmelanterite

(Zn,Cu,Fe)SO4 · 7H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Analytical Data:
Readily soluble in water.

Relationship of Zincmelanterite to other Species

Other Members of Group:
Alpersite(Mg,Cu)[SO4] · 7H2O
BieberiteCoSO4 · 7H2O
BoothiteCuSO4 · 7H2O
MallarditeMnSO4 · 7H2O
MelanteriteFeSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.05Dwornikite(Ni,Fe)SO4 · H2O
7.CB.05GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
7.CB.05KieseriteMgSO4 · H2O
7.CB.05Poitevinite(Cu,Fe,Zn)SO4 · H2O
7.CB.05SzmikiteMnSO4 · H2O
7.CB.05SzomolnokiteFeSO4 · H2O
7.CB.05CobaltkieseriteCoSO4 · H2O
7.CB.07SanderiteMgSO4 · 2H2O
7.CB.10BonattiteCuSO4 · 3H2O
7.CB.15Aplowite(Co,Mn,Ni)SO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15Ilesite(Mn,Zn,Fe)SO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15RozeniteFeSO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15StarkeyiteMgSO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15DrobeciteCdSO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.15CranswickiteMgSO4 · 4H2O
7.CB.20ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
7.CB.20JôkokuiteMnSO4 · 5H2O
7.CB.20PentahydriteMgSO4 · 5H2O
7.CB.20SiderotilFeSO4 · 5H2O
7.CB.25Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.25Chvaleticeite(Mn,Mg)SO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.25FerrohexahydriteFeSO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.25HexahydriteMgSO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.25Moorhouseite(Co,Ni,Mn)SO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.25Nickelhexahydrite(Ni,Mg,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.30RetgersiteNiSO4 · 6H2O
7.CB.35BieberiteCoSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.35BoothiteCuSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.35MallarditeMnSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.35MelanteriteFeSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.35Alpersite(Mg,Cu)[SO4] · 7H2O
7.CB.40EpsomiteMgSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.40GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.40MorenositeNiSO4 · 7H2O
7.CB.45AlunogenAl2(SO4)3 · 17H2O
7.CB.45Meta-alunogenAl2(SO4)3 · 12H2O
7.CB.50AluminocoquimbiteFeAl(SO4)3 · 9H2O
7.CB.55CoquimbiteFe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
7.CB.55ParacoquimbiteFe2(SO4)3 · 9H2O
7.CB.55Rhomboclase(H5O2)Fe3+(SO4)2 · 2H2O
7.CB.60KorneliteFe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
7.CB.65QuenstedtiteFe2(SO4)3 · 11H2O
7.CB.75LishizheniteZnFe2(SO4)4 · 14H2O
7.CB.75RömeriteFe2+Fe23+(SO4)4 · 14H2O
7.CB.80RansomiteCuFe2(SO4)4 · 6H2O
7.CB.85ApjohniteMn2+Al2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
7.CB.85BíliniteFe2+Fe23+(SO4)4 · 22H2O
7.CB.85Dietrichite(Zn,Fe2+,Mn2+)Al2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
7.CB.85HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
7.CB.85PickeringiteMgAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
7.CB.90MeridianiiteMgSO4 · 11H2O
25.5.2GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
25.5.3Namuwite(Zn,Cu)4(SO4)(OH)6 · 4H2O
25.5.4KtenasiteZn(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 6H2O
25.5.5Ramsbeckite(Cu,Zn)15(SO4)4(OH)22 · 6H2O
25.5.6Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
25.5.7SerpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
25.5.8OrthoserpieriteCa(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
25.5.9ZincaluminiteZn6Al6(SO4)2(OH)16 · 5H2O
25.5.10Glaucocerinite(Zn1-xAlx)(OH)2(SO4)x/2 · nH2O
25.5.11GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
25.5.12ChaidamuiteZnFe3+(SO4)2(OH) · 4H2O
25.5.13Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
25.5.16Zincobotryogen(Zn,Mg,Mn2+)Fe3+(SO4)2(OH) · 7H2O

Other Names for Zincmelanterite

Name in Other Languages:

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 Zincmelanterite

Reference List:
Stortenbecker (1897) Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Leipzig, Berlin: 22: 60.

Hollmann (1906) Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Leipzig, Berlin: 54: 98.

Larsen, E.S. and Glenn (1920) American Journal of Science, 4th. series: 50: 225-233.

Doelter, C. (1927) Handbuch der Mineral-chemie: 4[2]: 296 (as Zinkboothit).

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.: 508.

Tiegeng Liu, Guohong Gong, and Lin Ye (1995) Discovery and investigation of zinc-melanterite in nature. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 15(3), 286-290 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., and Roberts, A.C. (1996) New Mineral Names. American Mineralogist 81, 1513-1518.

Internet Links for Zincmelanterite

Localities for Zincmelanterite

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.
  • San Juan
    • Calingasta Department
      • Calingasta
        • Quebrada Alcaparrosa
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: 480, 609, 1014.
  • Shaanxi Province
    • Hanzhong Prefecture
Tiegeng Liu, Guohong Gong, and Lin Ye (1995): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 15(3), 286-290
  • Attikí Prefecture (Attica; Attika)
    • Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium)
Kohlberger, W. (1976): Minerals of the Laurium Mines, Attica, Greece. Mineralogical Record, 7, 114-125.
        • Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamariza)
No reference listed
  • Hokkaido
    • Oshima peninsula
      • Hiyama Subprefecture
        • Kaminokuni
Nambu et al (1978) Sanko-Gakkai Kou'en-Youshi, 36.
  • Colorado
    • Gunnison Co.
      • Vulcan District (Cebolla District; Domingo District)
        • Vulcan
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: 508; American Journal of Science (1920) ser. 4, 50, 225-233.
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: 508.
  • New Mexico
    • Grant Co.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
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