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Zincocopiapite

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Formula:
ZnFe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 18H
 
2
O
Colour:Yellowish greenLustre:Vitreous
Hardness:2
Member of:Copiapite Group
Name:Named as the zinc end-member of the Copiapite Group

Classification of Zincocopiapite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:6/D.10-70
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:7.DB.35

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
D : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, with H2O
B : With only medium-sized cations; insular octahedra and finite units
Dana 8th edition ID:31.10.5.6

31 : HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
10 : Miscellaneous
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Type Occurrence of Zincocopiapite

Type Locality:Xitieshan Mine, Xitieshan, Da Qaidam Co. (Dachaidan Co.), Haixi Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China
Year of Discovery:1964

Physical Properties of Zincocopiapite

Lustre:Vitreous
Colour:Yellowish green
Hardness (Mohs):2

Chemical Properties of Zincocopiapite

Formula:
ZnFe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 18H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:ZnFe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2·18H2O
Essential elements:Fe, H, O, S, Zn
All elements listed in formula:Fe, H, O, S, Zn

Relationship of Zincocopiapite to other Species

Member of:Copiapite Group
Other Members of Group:

- +
Aluminocopiapite
Al
 
2/3
Fe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
Calciocopiapite
CaFe
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 10H
 
2
O
Copiapite
Fe
2+
 
Fe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
Cuprocopiapite
CuFe
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
Ferricopiapite
Fe
 
5
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
O(OH) · 20H
 
2
O
Magnesiocopiapite
MgFe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
7.DB.05Aubertite
CuAl(SO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl · 14H
 
2
O
7.DB.05Magnesioaubertite
(Mg,Cu)Al(SO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl · 14H
 
2
O
7.DB.05Svyazhinite
(Mg,Mn
2+
 
,Ca)(Al,Fe
3+
 
)(SO
 
4
)
 
2
F · 14H
 
2
O
7.DB.10Khademite
Al(SO
 
4
)F · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.10Rostite
Al(SO
 
4
)(OH) · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.15Jurbanite
Al(SO
 
4
)(OH) · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.20Minasragrite
(V
4+
 
O)(SO
 
4
) · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.20Orthominasragrite
(V
4+
 
O)(SO
 
4
) · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.20Anorthominasragrite
(V
4+
 
O)(SO
 
4
) · 5H
 
2
O
7.DB.25Bobjonesite
(V
4+
 
O)(SO
 
4
) · 3H
 
2
O
7.DB.30Amarantite
Fe
3+
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
O · 7H
 
2
O
7.DB.30Hohmannite
Fe
3+
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
O · 8H
 
2
O
7.DB.30Metahohmannite
Fe
3+
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
O · 4H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Aluminocopiapite
Al
 
2/3
Fe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Calciocopiapite
CaFe
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 10H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Copiapite
Fe
2+
 
Fe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Cuprocopiapite
CuFe
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Ferricopiapite
Fe
 
5
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
O(OH) · 20H
 
2
O
7.DB.35Magnesiocopiapite
MgFe
3+
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 20H
 
2
O

Other Names for Zincocopiapite

Other Languages:
German:Zincocopiapit
Zinkocopiapit
Simplified Chinese:锌叶绿矾
Spanish:Zincocopiapita

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 Zincocopiapite

Reference List:

- +
Tu Kwang-chih, Li Hsi-lin, Hsieh Hsen-deh, and Yin Shu-sen (1964) Zincobotryogen and zincocopiapite, two new varieties of sulfate minerals. Acta Geologica Sinica 44(1), 99-101 (in Chinese, English abstract). - American Mineralogist: 49, 1777 (abstract).

Kuliyev, A. (1967) Zincocopiapite from the thermal zone of the front range of the western Kopet-Dag: Akad. Nauk Turkm. SSR, Izv., Ser. Fiz.-Tekh., Khim. Geol. Nauk. 2, p122-125.

Canadian Mineralogist (1985), 23, 53.

Perroud, P. et al. (1987) Presence de zincocopiapite en Valais, Schweiz. Mineral. Petrog. Mitt. 67, 115-117.

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  • Localities for Zincocopiapite

    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.
    Canada
     
    • Nunavut Territory
      • Baffin Island
        • Nanisivik
    Mineralogical Record: 21: 533.
    China
     
    • Qinghai Province
      • Haixi Autonomous Prefecture
        • Da Qaidam Co. (Dachaidan Co.)
          • Xitieshan
    Guangzhi Tu, Xilin Li, Xande Xie, and Shusen Yin (1964): Acta Geologica Sinica 44(1), 99-101
    Germany
     
    • Lower Saxony
      • Harz
        • Goslar
          • Rammelsberg
    Collection Elmar Lackner ; Label says 'analyzed'; from 83m Level; Scharizer, Zs. Kr. 52:372 (1913)
    Greece
     
    • Attikí Prefecture (Attica; Attika)
      • Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium)
        • Lavrion District Mines
          • Plaka
            • Plaka Mines
    No reference listed
    Slovakia
     
    • Banská Bystrica Region
    Ďuďa R.,Kotuľak P., Káňa R., 1993: Bergbau und Mineralien von Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz), Slowakei. Emser Hefte, 14, 3, 1-70, Haltern
    Switzerland
     
    • Wallis (Valais)
      • Martigny
        • Mont Chemin
    Perroud, P. et al., Schweiz. Mineral. Petrog. Mitt. 67, 115-117(1987).
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • Cochise Co.
        • Mule Mts
          • Warren District
            • Bisbee
              • Higgins Mine (Higgins tunnel)
    Grant, Raymond W., Bideaux, R.A., and Williams, S.A. (2006) Minerals Added to the Arizona List 1995-2005: 9.
    • Colorado
      • Gilpin Co.
        • Nevada
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
      • Saguache Co.
        • Bonanza District (Kerber Creek District)
    Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
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