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Zinkosite

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Formula:
ZnSO
 
4
System:Orthorhombic


Probably an artificial product, and its occurence in nature (at least at its "type locality") is doubtful (Calvo and Viñals, 2008).

Classification of Zinkosite

IMA status:Questionable/Doubtful
Strunz 8th edition ID:6/A.01-20
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:7.AB.10

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
A : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) without additional anions, without H2O
B : With medium-sized cations
Hey's CIM Ref.:25.5.1

25 : Sulphates
5 : Sulphates of Zn and Hg
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Type Occurrence of Zinkosite

Type Locality:Jaroso Ravine, Sierra Almagrera, Cuevas del Almanzora (Cuevas de Vera), Almería, Andalusia, Spain

Physical Properties of Zinkosite

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Translucent
Density (measured):4.33 g/cm3
Density (calculated):3.86 g/cm3

Crystallography of Zinkosite

Crystal System:Orthorhombic

Optical Data of Zinkosite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.658 nβ = 1.669 nγ = 1.670
2V:Measured: 25° , Calculated: 32°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.012

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Moderate
Dispersion:strong

Chemical Properties of Zinkosite

Formula:
ZnSO
 
4
Simplified for copy/paste:ZnSO4
Essential elements:O, S, Zn
All elements listed in formula:O, S, Zn

Relationship of Zinkosite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
7.AB.05Mikasaite
Fe
 
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
3
7.AB.05Millosevichite
(Al,Fe)
 
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
3
7.AB.10Chalcocyanite
CuSO
 
4
7.AB.10Ferrotellurite
Fe(TeO
 
4
) (?)
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
25.5.2Goslarite
ZnSO
 
4
· 7H
 
2
O
25.5.3Namuwite
(Zn,Cu)
 
4
(SO
 
4
)(OH)
 
6
· 4H
 
2
O
25.5.4Ktenasite
Zn(Cu,Zn)
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 6H
 
2
O
25.5.5Ramsbeckite
(Cu,Zn)
 
15
(SO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
22
· 6H
 
2
O
25.5.6Boyleite
(Zn,Mg)SO
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
25.5.7Serpierite
Ca(Cu,Zn)
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
25.5.8Orthoserpierite
Ca(Cu,Zn)
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
25.5.9Zincaluminite
Zn
 
6
Al
 
6
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
16
· 5H
 
2
O
25.5.10Glaucocerinite
(Zn
 
1-x
Al
 
x
)(OH)
 
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
x/2
· nH
 
2
O
25.5.11Gunningite
ZnSO
 
4
· H
 
2
O
25.5.12Chaidamuite
ZnFe
3+
 
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
25.5.13Bianchite
(Zn,Fe)SO
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
25.5.15Zincmelanterite
(Zn,Cu,Fe)SO
 
4
· 7H
 
2
O
25.5.16Zincobotryogen
(Zn,Mg,Mn
2+
 
)Fe
3+
 
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 7H
 
2
O
25.5.17Schuetteite
Hg
2+
3
(SO
 
4
)O
 
2
25.5.18Gianellaite
(Hg
 
2
N)
 
2
SO
 
4

Other Names for Zinkosite

Synonyms:
AlmagreriteZincosite
Other Languages:
German:Almagrerit
Zincosit
Zinkosit
Russian:Цинкозит
Spanish:Almagrerita
Zincosita
Zinkosita

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 Zinkosite

Reference List:

- +
Breithaupt, A. (1852) Berg.- und hüttenmännisches Zeitung, Freiberg, Leipzig (merged into Glückauf): 11: 100.

de Schulten (1888) Comptes rendu de l’Académie des sciences de Paris: 107: 405.

Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 159.

Schiff (1934) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 87: 379.

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: 428-429.

Wildner, M. and Giester, G. (1988) Crystal structure refinements of synthetic chalcocyanite (CuSO4) and zincosite (ZnSO4). Mineralogy and Petrology: 39: 201-209.

Miguel Calvo and Joan Viñals (2008) Mineralogistes de Catalunya, 9, #5, 52-54.

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  • Localities for Zinkosite

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    (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.
    Spain
     
    • Andalusia
      • Almería
        • Cuevas del Almanzora (Cuevas de Vera)
          • Sierra Almagrera
    AM 45 (1960), 1137
    USA
     
    • New Mexico
      • Socorro Co.
    Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd. rev. ed. (1996)
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