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Cattierite

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Formula:
CoS2
System:
Isometric
Colour:
Grey-White, pinkish
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
4
Member of:
Name:
For Felicien Cattier, former Chairman of Union Miniere du Haut Katanga, Belgium

Classification of Cattierite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
2.EB.05a

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
E : Metal Sulfides, M: S <= 1:2
B : M:S = 1:2, with Fe, Co, Ni, PGE, etc.
2.12.1.3

2 : SULFIDES
12 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
3.10.3

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
10 : Sulphides etc. of Co
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Type Occurrence of Cattierite

Year of Discovery:
1945
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Carbonate rocks
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Physical Properties of Cattierite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Grey-White, pinkish
Hardness (Mohs):
4
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN10=1018 - 1114 kg/mm2
Cleavage:
Perfect
on {001}
Density:
4.82 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.80 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Cattierite

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
m3 (2/m 3) - Diploidal
Space Group:
Pa3
Space Group Setting:
Pa3
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.52Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 168.20 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Cubic crystals to 1cm, granular intergrowths.

Optical Data of Cattierite

Type:
Isotropic
Colour in reflected light:
White

Chemical Properties of Cattierite

Formula:
CoS2
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Fe,Ni

Relationship of Cattierite to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Vaesite (see here)
Forms a series with Pyrite (see here)
Member of:
Other Members of Group:
2.EB.05aAurostibiteAuSb2
2.EB.05bBambollaiteCu(Se,Te)2
2.EB.05aErlichmaniteOsS2
2.EB.05aFukuchiliteCu3FeS8
2.EB.05aGeversitePtSb2
2.EB.05aHaueriteMnS2
2.EB.05aInsizwaitePt(Bi,Sb)2
2.EB.05aKrut'aiteCuSe2
2.EB.05aLauriteRuS2
2.EB.05aPenroseite(Ni,Co,Cu)Se2
2.EB.05aPyriteFeS2
2.EB.05aSperrylitePtAs2
2.EB.05aTrogtaliteCoSe2
2.EB.05aVaesiteNiS2
2.EB.05aVillamaninite(Cu,Ni,Co,Fe)S2
2.EB.05aDzharkeniteFeSe2
2.EB.05aGaotaiiteIr3Te8
2.EB.10bAlloclasiteCo1-xFexAsS
2.EB.10dCostibiteCoSbS
2.EB.10aFerroseliteFeSe2
2.EB.10aFrohbergiteFeTe2
2.EB.10cGlaucodot(Co0.50Fe0.50)AsS
2.EB.10aKulleruditeNiSe2
2.EB.10aMarcasiteFeS2
2.EB.10aMattagamiteCoTe2
2.EB.10eParacostibiteCoSbS
2.EB.10ePararammelsbergiteNiAs2
2.EB.10fOeniteCoSbAs
2.EB.15aAnduoite(Ru,Os)As2
2.EB.15aClinosaffloriteCoAs2
2.EB.15aLöllingiteFeAs2
2.EB.15aNisbiteNiSb2
2.EB.15aOmeiite(Os,Ru)As2
2.EB.15cPaxiteCuAs2
2.EB.15aRammelsbergiteNiAs2
2.EB.15aSafflorite(Co,Ni,Fe)As2
2.EB.15bSeinäjokite(Fe,Ni)(Sb,As)2
2.EB.20ArsenopyriteFeAsS
2.EB.20GudmunditeFeSbS
2.EB.20Osarsite(Os,Ru)AsS
2.EB.20Ruarsite(Ru,Os)AsS
2.EB.25CobaltiteCoAsS
2.EB.25GersdorffiteNiAsS
2.EB.25Hollingworthite(Rh,Pt,Pd)AsS
2.EB.25Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
2.EB.25JolliffeiteNiAsSe
2.EB.25KrutoviteNiAs2
2.EB.25MaslovitePtBiTe
2.EB.25MicheneritePdBiTe
2.EB.25PadmaitePdBiSe
2.EB.25PlatarsitePtAsS
2.EB.25TestibiopalladitePdTe(Sb,Te)
2.EB.25TolovkiteIrSbS
2.EB.25UllmanniteNiSbS
2.EB.25Willyamite(Co,Ni)SbS
2.EB.25ChangchengiteIrBiS
2.EB.25MayingiteIrBiTe
2.EB.25Hollingsworthite
2.EB.25KalungaitePdAsSe
2.EB.25MilotaitePdSbSe
2.EB.30UrvantsevitePd(Bi,Pb)2
2.EB.35RheniiteReS2
3.10.1Cobaltpentlandite(Co,Ni,Fe)9S8
3.10.2LinnaeiteCo2+Co23+S4
3.10.4FrebolditeCoSe
3.10.5BornhardtiteCo2+Co23+Se4
3.10.6TrogtaliteCoSe2
3.10.7Hastite
3.10.8MattagamiteCoTe2
3.10.9Modderite(Co,Fe)As
3.10.10Safflorite(Co,Ni,Fe)As2
3.10.11ClinosaffloriteCoAs2
3.10.12SkutteruditeCoAs3-x
3.10.13CobaltiteCoAsS
3.10.14ParacostibiteCoSbS
3.10.15CostibiteCoSbS
3.10.16AlloclasiteCo1-xFexAsS
3.10.17Glaucodot(Co0.50Fe0.50)AsS
3.10.18CarrolliteCu(Co,Ni)2S4

Other Names for Cattierite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Cattierit
Simplified Chinese:方硫钴矿
Spanish:Cattierita

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 Cattierite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist: 30: 483-497.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 150: 163-167.

Internet Links for Cattierite

Localities for Cattierite

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.
Canada
 
  • Ontario
    • Cochrane District
      • Timmins area
        • Kidd Township
ontariominerals.com; Thorpe, R.I., Pringle, G.J. & Purr, A.G. (1976): Occurrence of selenide and sulphide minerals in bornite ore of the Kidd Creek massive sulphide deposit, Timmins, Ontario. Geol. Sun, Can. Pap. 76-lA,
China
 
  • Hainan Province (Hainan Island)
    • Changjiang Co.
Jinjie Yu, Junping Ren, Fuxiong Chen, Yonghui Wang, Jiang Liang, and Linrui Che (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(5), 884-898
  • Qinghai Province
    • Haixi Autonomous Prefecture
      • Golmud Co. (Ge'ermu Co.)
Houmin Li, Yuanchao Shen, and Zhengguo Hu (2000): Bulletin of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry 19(4), 321-322; Zhang Dequan, Wang Yan, Feng Chengyou, Li Daxin, Yan Shenghao, and Cui Yanhe (2002): Mineral Deposits 21(3), 213-222
  • Shanxi Province
    • Yuncheng Prefecture
      • Yuanqu Co.
        • Zhongtiaoshan ore field
Yongrui Zhao and Yunqing Zhen (2006): Journal of Guilin University of Technology 26(3), 310-319
Yongrui Zhao and Yunqing Zhen (2006): Journal of Guilin University of Technology 26(3), 310-319
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Liberec Region
Scharm, B.: Přehled minerálů nalezených v oblasti uranových koncentrací v severočeské křídě. Bulletin mineralogicko-petrografického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze, 1995, roč. 3, s. 169-172.
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) (TL)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Shinkolobwe
American Mineralogist (1945): 30: 488.; Econ Geol (1997) 92:468-484
Finland
 
  • Northern Finland Region
Vuorelainen Y, Huhma A, Häkli A (1964): Sederholmite, wilkmanite, kullerudite, mäkinenite, and trüstedtite, five new nickel selenide minerals. Comptes Rendus de la Société Géologique de Finlande. 36, 113-125
Vuorelainen, Yrjö 1962. Tutkimusselostus Kuusamon Juuman-Säkkilän albitiittikiviin liittyvien U-aiheiden malmimineraaliseurueista. Outokummun aineistot, 070/4613/ YV/ 62
Germany
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
G. Blass, H.-W. Graf and D. Sebold (2009): Neue Mineralien von der Grube Clara im Kinzigtal. Mineralien-Welt 20 (1), 87-89.
    • Odenwald
      • Weinheim
        • Hohensachsen
          • Kohlbach
Nickel, E., and Fettel, M. (1985): Odenwald. Sammlung geologischer Führer Vol. 65, 2nd ed., Bornträger (Berlin, Stuttgart), 231 pp.
  • Hesse
    • Richelsdorf District
      • Süss
        • Richelsdorf Smelter
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1992
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Aachen
      • Stolberg
        • Breinig
Graf, HW., (1990): Blei- und Zinkerzbergbau um Stolberg bei Aachen, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 41, 111-130
        • Mausbach
Aufschluss 90(2), 111-130
Aufschluss 90(2), 111-130
Aufschluss 90(2), 111-130
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Palatinate
      • Winnweiler
        • Imsbach
Lapis, 9 (5), 36-39.
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
Lapis 30(7/8):78-80 (2005)
Morocco
 
  • Souss-Massa-Draâ Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Djebel Saghro (Jbel Saghro)
        • Imiter District
Barral, J.-P., Favreau, G. and Lheur, C. (2008). La mine d'argent d'Imiter (Maroc) - Géologie, histoire exploitation et description des espèces minérales. Le Cahier des Micromonteurs 3/2008, 1-110. (in French)
Romania
 
  • Suceava Co.
    • Suceava district
      • Iacobeni (Jakobeny; Jacobeny; Jakabfalva)
http://minerals-of-the-carpathians.eu
Sweden
 
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
      • Nordmark district
        • Finnshytteberg ore field (Finnshytte)
Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 21, pp. 129-136 (1983)
Switzerland
 
  • Aargau
    • Laufenburg
      • Kaisten
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 101
USA
 
  • Colorado
    • La Plata Co.
      • La Plata District (California District)
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckels, E. B.
  • Missouri
    • Reynolds Co.
      • Viburnum Trend District
        • Centerville
Min News 16:1 pp1-2,6,7
  • North Carolina
    • Alleghany Co.
      • Sparta
        • Bald Knob
Rocks & Min.: 60:130-135.
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