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Danbaite

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Formula:
CuZn2
System:
Isometric
Colour:
Silvery white to grayish ...
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
4
Name:
For the type locality.
Danbaite group.

Compare zhanghengite and α-Brass.


Classification of Danbaite

Approved
1.AB.10b

1 : ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
A : Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
B : Zinc-brass family
Dana 7th ed.:
1.1.6.1
1.1.6.1

1 : NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
1 : Metals, other than the Platinum Group
1.10

1 : Elements and Alloys (including the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au)

Physical Properties of Danbaite

Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Silvery white to grayish white
Hardness (Mohs):
4
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN20=234 - 288 kg/mm2
Density:
7.36 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Danbaite

Type:
Isotropic
Colour in reflected light:
White with milky blue tint - slightly yellowish as compared to chromium.

Chemical Properties of Danbaite

Formula:
CuZn2
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Danbaite

Crystal System:
Isometric
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.7615 Å
Unit Cell Volume:
V 467.56 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
32
Morphology:
Botryroidal aggregates, rims on chromium.

Type Occurrence of Danbaite

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Platinum bearing Cu-Ni deposit in ultramafic rocks.

Relationship of Danbaite to other Species

1.AB.MagnesiumMg
1.AB.05CadmiumCd
1.AB.05RheniumRe
1.AB.05ZincZn
1.AB.05TitaniumTi
1.AB.10aZhanghengiteCuZn
1.AB.10aα-BrassCu3Zn
1.AB.10bTongxiniteCu2Zn
1.AB.10aZinccopperiteCu7Zn4 (?)
1.AB.10UM2003-03-E:AgAuCuZn(Cu,Au,Ag)4Zn
1.AB.10UM1980-01-E:CuZnCu3Zn
1.AB.10UM1980-02-E:CuZnCu4.45Zn
1.1CopperCu
1.2SilverAg
1.5GoldAu
1.6AuricuprideCu3Au
1.7Tetra-auricuprideCuAu
1.8ZincZn
1.9CadmiumCd
1.11ZhanghengiteCuZn
1.12MercuryHg
1.13KolymiteCu7Hg6
1.14MoschellandsbergiteAg2Hg3
1.15EugeniteAg11Hg2
1.16SchachneriteAg1.1Hg0.9
1.17ParaschachneriteAg1.2Hg0.8
1.18LuanheiteAg3Hg
1.19Weishanite(Au,Ag)1.2Hg0.8
1.20IndiumIn
1.21AluminiumAl
1.22Khatyrkite(Cu,Zn)Al2
1.23CupaliteCuAl
1.24DiamondC
1.25GraphiteC
1.26ChaoiteC
1.27LonsdaleiteC
1.28SiliconSi
1.29TinSn
1.30LeadPb
1.31AnyuiiteAuPb2
1.31NovodnepriteAuPb3
1.32LeadamalgamPb0.7Hg0.3
1.33ArsenicAs
1.34ArsenolampriteAs
1.35PaxiteCuAs2
1.36KoutekiteCu5As2
1.37DomeykiteCu3As
1.38AlgodoniteCu1-xAsx (x ~0.15)
1.39Novákite(Cu,Ag)21As10
1.40KutinaiteAg6Cu14As7
1.41AntimonySb
1.42StibarsenSbAs
1.43ParadocrasiteSb3As
1.44HorsforditeCu, Sb
1.45CuprostibiteCu2(Sb,Tl)
1.46AllargentumAg1-xSbx (x=0.09-0.16)
1.47AurostibiteAuSb2
1.48DyscrasiteAg3+xSb1-x (x~0.2)
1.49BismuthBi
1.50MaldoniteAu2Bi
1.51SulphurS
1.52RosickýiteS
1.53SeleniumSe
1.54TelluriumTe
1.55ChromiumCr
1.56RheniumRe
1.57IronFe
1.58ChromferideFe1.5Cr0.2
1.59FerchromideCr1.5Fe0.2
1.60WairauiteCoFe
1.61NickelNi
1.62Kamacite(Fe,Ni)
1.63Taenite(Ni,Fe)
1.64TetrataeniteFeNi
1.65AwaruiteNi3Fe
1.66PalladiumPd
1.67PotaritePdHg
1.68PaolovitePd2Sn
1.69StannopalladinitePd3Sn2
1.70CabriitePd2CuSn
1.71Taimyrite(Pd,Cu,Pt)3Sn
1.72AtokitePd3Sn
1.73RustenburgitePt3Sn
1.74ZvyagintsevitePd3Pb
1.75PlumbopalladinitePb2Pd3
1.76OsmiumOs
1.77IridiumIr
1.82PlatinumPt
1.83HongshiitePtCu
1.84NiggliitePtSn
1.85IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
1.86TetraferroplatinumPtFe
1.87TulameeniteCuFePt2
1.88FerronickelplatinumPt2FeNi
1.89RhodiumRh

Other Names for Danbaite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Danbait
Simplified Chinese:丹巴矿
Spanish:Danbaita

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 Danbaite

Reference List:
Yue Suqin, Wang Wenying, Liu Jinding, Sun Suqiong, and Chen Dianfen (1982): A study on danbaite. Chinese Science Bulletin [Kexue Tongbao] 27(22), 1383-1386. - American Mineralogist (1983), 69, 566 (abstract).

Dunn, P.J., Chao, G.Y., Grice, J.D, Ferraiolo, J.A., Fleischer, M., Pabst, A., and Zilczer, J.A. (1985): New Mineral Names. American Mineralogist 69, 565-569.

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Localities for Danbaite

This 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.
China (TL)
 
  • Sichuan Province
    • Garzê Autonomous Prefecture (Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture)
      • Danba Co.
        • Yangliuping Cu-Ni-PGE ore field
American Mineralogist 69, 566 (1984)
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