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Saint-Pons area, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Francei
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Name(s) in local language(s):Secteur de Saint-Pons, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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Two mineralized outcrops, NNE of Saint-Pons village:
- On left bank of Saint-Pons torrent, on west side of La Farière crest
- On east side of La Farière crest, in La Valette torrent ravine

Siderite lenses inter-stratified in Callovian-Oxfordian malm of the "Black Earth" (literal translation of a french appellation, synonym of "badlands") formation.
Centimetric chalcostibite crystals in siderite vugs.
Numerous acicular crystals of dadsonite in black calcite.

Numerous fibrous sulfosalts might be misidentified:
- shiny, silver-grey to white, striated needles are zinkenite
- black acicular crystals, in satiny to dull groups, sometimes quite reticulated, are boulangerite
- very thin black acicular crystals, flexible & muddled can be considered as dadsonite, although only an analysis can definitely determine the species.
[Short abstract of the article by Fourcault & Martaud (1999).]

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Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

31 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Ankerite
Formula: Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Reference: Eur. J. Mineral. , 1989, 1, pp. 381-390.
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Description: crystals to a few mm in size
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24 (1), 41-44.
Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Colour: Blue
Description: Visual identification + HCl test
Reference: Chollet Pascal Collection
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: - Fourcault, J.M. (1997): Saint Pons, un gisement exceptionnel de sulfosels de Pb-Cu (Alpes de Haute Provence). Le Règne Minéral (15), 7-20.
Boulangerite
Formula: Pb5Sb4S11
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24 (1), 41-44.
Bournonite
Formula: PbCuSbS3
Description: Prisms up to 6 mm long.
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Brochantite
Formula: Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Celestine
Formula: SrSO4
Reference: Fourcault, J.M. (2001): Célestite et calcite: Nouvelles découvertes à Saint-Pons, Barcelonnette (Alpes de Haute-Provence). Le Règne Minéral (40), 13-16.
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: - Fourcault, J.M. (1997): Saint Pons, un gisement exceptionnel de sulfosels de Pb-Cu (Alpes de Haute Provence). Le Règne Minéral (15), 7-20.
Chalcostibite
Formula: CuSbS2
Habit: Elongated crystals to 16cm.
Colour: Metallic gray
Reference: Cervelle, B., Cesbron, F., Sichère, M. C., & Dietrich, J. (1979). La chalcostibite et la dadsonite de Saint-Pons, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France. Canadian Mineralogist, 17, 601-605; Min Rec (1996) 27:138
Cookeite
Formula: (Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: Le Regne Mineral 2011 jan-feb p.19-21
Dadsonite
Formula: Pb23Sb25S60Cl
Description: Acicular "felt" in black calcite.
Reference: Cervelle, B., Cesbron, F., Sichère, M. C., & Dietrich, J. (1979). La chalcostibite et la dadsonite de Saint-Pons, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France. Canadian Mineralogist, 17, 601-605
Devilline ?
Formula: CaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
Colour: light blue
Description: Visual identification + HCl test (that excluded carbonate ion)
Reference: Chollet Pascal Collection
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: - Fourcault, J.M. (1997): Saint Pons, un gisement exceptionnel de sulfosels de Pb-Cu (Alpes de Haute Provence). Le Règne Minéral (15), 7-20.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist , 1979, Vol. 17, pp. 601-605.
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: - Fourcault, J.M. (1997): Saint Pons, un gisement exceptionnel de sulfosels de Pb-Cu (Alpes de Haute Provence). Le Règne Minéral (15), 7-20.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Langite ?
Formula: Cu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
Description: Visual identification on a single sample. Might also be Posnjackite
Reference: Chollet Pascal Collection
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist , 1979, Vol. 17, pp. 601-605.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Plagionite
Formula: Pb5Sb8S17
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: "Nouvelles découvertes à Saint Pons (Alpes de Haute Provence)" - X. LOUBET Le Règne Minéral n°104 - 2012 pp51-52
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
'Roméite Group'
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Semseyite
Formula: Pb9Sb8S21
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
'Stibiconite'
Formula: Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: Collected by Yannick Vessely - SEM checked by B. Devouard
Tetrahedrite
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Reference: Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
Zinkenite
Formula: Pb9Sb22S42
Description: Needles on chalcostibite.
Reference: Handbook of Mineralogy

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Arsenopyrite2.EB.20FeAsS
Boulangerite2.HC.15Pb5Sb4S11
Bournonite2.GA.50PbCuSbS3
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Chalcostibite2.HA.05CuSbS2
Dadsonite2.HC.30Pb23Sb25S60Cl
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Plagionite2.HC.10bPb5Sb8S17
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Semseyite2.HC.10dPb9Sb8S21
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Tetrahedrite2.GB.05Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Zinkenite2.JB.35aPb9Sb22S42
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
'Roméite Group'4.DH.
'Stibiconite'4.DH.20Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Ankerite5.AB.10Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Brochantite7.BB.25Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Celestine7.AD.35SrSO4
Devilline ?7.DD.30CaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Langite ?7.DD.10Cu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Cookeite9.EC.55(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
3 <ø < 4
Tetrahedrite3.3.6.1Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ø = 3
Bournonite3.4.3.2PbCuSbS3
2.5 < ø < 3
Boulangerite3.5.2.1Pb5Sb4S11
2 < ø < 2.49
Dadsonite3.6.8.1Pb23Sb25S60Cl
Plagionite3.6.20.2Pb5Sb8S17
Semseyite3.6.20.4Pb9Sb8S21
ø = 2
Chalcostibite3.7.5.1CuSbS2
1 < ø < 2
Zinkenite3.8.1.1Pb9Sb22S42
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
AB(XO3)2
Ankerite14.2.1.2Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Celestine28.3.1.2SrSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)m(XO4)pZq, where m:p>2:1
Brochantite30.1.3.1Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Group 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)4(XO4)Zq·xH2O
Langite ?31.4.3.1Cu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
(AB)5(XO4)2Zq·xH2O
Devilline ?31.6.1.1CaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
Group 44 - ANTIMONATES
A2X2O6(O,OH,F)
'Roméite Group'44.1.1.3
'Stibiconite'44.1.1.1Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra
Cookeite71.4.1.2(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Aragonite-CaCO3
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H Cookeite(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
H StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
H LangiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
LiLithium
Li Cookeite(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C SideriteFeCO3
C AragoniteCaCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
C AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
OOxygen
O CalciteCaCO3
O CelestineSrSO4
O SideriteFeCO3
O AragoniteCaCO3
O CerussitePbCO3
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O QuartzSiO2
O AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O Cookeite(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O BaryteBaSO4
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
O StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
O LangiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
MgMagnesium
Mg AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al Cookeite(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
SiSilicon
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Cookeite(Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
SSulfur
S ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
S ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42
S BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
S BournonitePbCuSbS3
S CelestineSrSO4
S DadsonitePb23Sb25S60Cl
S SphaleriteZnS
S SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
S PlagionitePb5Sb8S17
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S BaryteBaSO4
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S SulphurS8
S PyriteFeS2
S BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
S DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
S LangiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
ClChlorine
Cl DadsonitePb23Sb25S60Cl
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
FeIron
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
Fe TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Fe AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
CuCopper
Cu ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
Cu BournonitePbCuSbS3
Cu TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu DevillineCaCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2O
Cu LangiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6 · 2H2O
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
AsArsenic
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
SrStrontium
Sr CelestineSrSO4
SbAntimony
Sb ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
Sb ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42
Sb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Sb BournonitePbCuSbS3
Sb DadsonitePb23Sb25S60Cl
Sb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Sb TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Sb PlagionitePb5Sb8S17
Sb StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
PbLead
Pb ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42
Pb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Pb BournonitePbCuSbS3
Pb DadsonitePb23Sb25S60Cl
Pb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb PlagionitePb5Sb8S17
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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- Cervelle, B. D. , Cesbron, F. , Sichère, M. C. and Dietrich, J. E. (1979): La chalcostibite et dadsonite de Saint-Pons, Alpes de Haute Provence, France. Canadian Mineralogist, 17, 601-605.
- Fourcault, J.-M. (1989): Un gisement riche en sulfosels dans les Alpes de Haute Provence. Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, n°4, 13-19.
- Fourcault, J. M. (1993): The alpine sulfosalt occurrence at Saint Pons, Haute-Provence (France). Mineralogical Record, 24(1), 41-44.
- Fourcault, J.M. (1997): Saint Pons, un gisement exceptionnel de sulfosels de Pb-Cu (Alpes de Haute Provence). Le Règne Minéral (15), 7-20.
- Ansermet, S. (1997): Die Sulfosalze von Saint-Pons, Alpes-de-Haut-Provence, Frankreich. Lapis, 22 (6), 43-xx.
- Niedermayr, G. (1997): Über einen bemerkenswerten Fund von Chalkostibit bei Saint-Pons, Alpes de haute Provence, Frankreich. Mineralien-Welt, 8 (3), 14.
- Fourcault, J. M. and Martaud, A. (1999): Zinkénite, Boulangérite et Dadsonite de Saint-Pons. Le Règne Minéral (29), 34-35.
- Fourcault, J.M. (2001): Célestite et calcite: Nouvelles découvertes à Saint-Pons, Barcelonnette (Alpes de Haute-Provence). Le Règne Minéral (40), 13-16.
- Bertelli, L. (2001): I solfosali di Pb-Cu del giacimento di Saint Poins, Ubaye (Francia). Rivista Mineral. Ital., no. 4, 202-211.

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