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Zincolibethenite

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Formula:
CuZnPO4OH
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Bright green, bluish tint
Member of:
Olivenite Group

Structurally distinct, intermediate member of the solid solution series between Libethenite and synthetic orthorhombic Zn2[OH|PO4] with a Zn:Cu ratio of (ideally) 1:1; Zn and Cu atoms are ordered on two different sites in the crystal structure.

Phosphate analogue of Zincolivenite.


Classification of Zincolibethenite

Approved
Approval Year:
2003
8.BB.30

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
B : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 about 1:1

Physical Properties of Zincolibethenite

Colour:
Bright green, bluish tint

Optical Data of Zincolibethenite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.660 nβ = 1.705 nγ = 1.715
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.055
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High

Chemical Properties of Zincolibethenite

IMA Formula:
CuZnPO4OH
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Zincolibethenite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pnnm
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.3263 Å, b = 8.2601 Å, c = 5.8771 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.008 : 1 : 0.712
Unit Cell Volume:
V 404.20 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
5.87 (39)
4.79 (100)
3.699 (22)
2.935 (33)
2.632 (47)
2.405 (19)
2.304 (18)

Type Occurrence of Zincolibethenite

Relationship of Zincolibethenite to other Species

Member of:
Other Members of Group:
AdamiteZn2(AsO4)(OH)
AuriacusiteFe3+Cu2+(AsO4)O
EveiteMn22+(AsO4)(OH)
LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)
OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)
ZincoliveniteCuZn(AsO4)(OH)
8.BB.XArsenowagneriteMg2AsO4F
8.BB.05AmblygoniteLiAlPO4F
8.BB.05MontebrasiteLiAlPO4(OH)
8.BB.05TavoriteLiFe3+PO4(OH)
8.BB.10Triplite(Mn2+,Fe2+)2PO4(F,OH)
8.BB.10ZwieseliteFe2+Mn2+PO4F
8.BB.15SarkiniteMn22+AsO4(OH)
8.BB.15TriploiditeMn22+(PO4)(OH)
8.BB.15WagneriteMg2PO4F
8.BB.15WolfeiteFe22+PO4(OH)
8.BB.15StanĕkiteFe3+Mn2+O(PO4)
8.BB.15JoosteiteMn2+Mn3+O(PO4)
8.BB.15HydroxylwagneriteMg2PO4(OH)
8.BB.20HoltedahliteMg12(PO3OH,CO3)(PO4)5(OH,O)6
8.BB.20Satterlyite(Fe2+,Mg,Fe3+)12(PO3OH)(PO4)5(OH,O)6
8.BB.25AlthausiteMg4(PO4)2(OH,O)(F,◻)
8.BB.30AdamiteZn2AsO4(OH)
8.BB.30EveiteMn22+AsO4(OH)
8.BB.30LibetheniteCu2PO4(OH)
8.BB.30OliveniteCu2AsO4(OH)
8.BB.30ZincoliveniteCuZnAsO4(OH)
8.BB.30AuriacusiteFe3+Cu2+AsO4O
8.BB.35ParadamiteZn2AsO4(OH)
8.BB.35TarbuttiteZn2(PO4)(OH)
8.BB.40BarbosaliteFe2+Fe23+(PO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.40HentscheliteCuFe23+(PO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.40LazuliteMgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.40ScorzaliteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.40WilhelmkleiniteZnFe23+(AsO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.45TrolleiteAl4(PO4)3(OH)3
8.BB.50NamibiteCu(BiO)2VO4(OH)
8.BB.55Phosphoellenbergerite(Mg,◻)2Mg12(PO4,PO3OH)6(PO3OH,CO3)2(OH)6
8.BB.60UrusoviteCuAlO(AsO4)
8.BB.65TheoparacelsiteCu3(OH)2As2O7
8.BB.70TuraniteCu52+(VO4)2(OH)4
8.BB.75StoiberiteCu5O2(VO4)2
8.BB.80FingeriteCu11O2(VO4)6
8.BB.85AverieviteCu5O2(VO4)2 · CuCl2
8.BB.90LipscombiteFe2+Fe23+(PO4)2(OH)2
8.BB.90RichelliteCaFe23+(PO4)2(OH,F)2
8.BB.90ZinclipscombiteZnFe23+(PO4)2(OH)2

Other Names for Zincolibethenite

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:羟磷铜锌石
Traditional Chinese:羥磷銅鋅石

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 Zincolibethenite

Reference List:
Braithwaite, R.S.W., R.G. Pritchard, W.H. Paar & R.A.D. Pattrick (2005) A new mineral, zincolibethenite, CuZnPO4OH, a stoichiometric species of specific site occupancy. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 145-153.

Williams, P.A., P. Leverett, W.D. Birch, D.E. Hibbs, U. Kolitsch and T. Mihajlović (2006) Zinc-rich zincolibethenite from Broken Hill, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Mineralogy: 12, 3-7.

Internet Links for Zincolibethenite

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Specimens:
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Localities for Zincolibethenite

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.
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Yancowinna Co.
      • Broken Hill
P. A. Williams, P. Leverett, W. D. Birch, D. E. Hibbs, U. Kolitsch and T. Mihajlović (2006): Zinc-rich zincolibethenite from Broken Hill, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 12, 3-7.
Chile
 
  • Atacama Region
    • Copiapó Province
      • Zapallar district
maurizio dini & arturo molina collections: confirmed by semiquantitative and quantitative analysis
France
 
  • Occitanie
    • Aveyron
      • Monteils
Falgayrolles (Aveyron), Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, n°3 2010 Les Mineraux de la Mine de Falgayrolles ( Aveyron ) - Favreau G., Eytier J-R., Eytier C. (2010), Les minéraux de la mine de Falgayrolles (Aveyron), Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, n°109
Italy
 
  • Tuscany
    • Massa-Carrara Province
      • Apuan Alps
        • Carrara
Giovanni Scapin specimen
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Kinki Region
      • Shiga Prefecture
        • Konan City
          • Ishibe
Masutomi Museum specimen and analyses (Kyoto)
Namibia
 
  • Karas Region
    • Lüderitz District
      • Rosh Pinah
Jahn, S. (2007): Tarbuttit von der Skorpion Zink Mine, Namibia. Mineralien-Welt 18 (4), 56-66. (in German)
Spain
 
  • Castile and Leon
    • Salamanca
      • Golpejas-Vega de Tirados
        • Golpejas Mining Group
Calvo, M. (2015): Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VII, Fosfatos, arseniatos y vanadatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid - Fundación Gómez Pardo. 479 pp
USA
 
  • Nevada
    • Elko Co.
      • Snowstorm Mountains District
Collected and analyzed by Tim Rose.
    • Lander Co.
      • North Battle Mountain District
Steve Silva (2010) Zincolibethenite from Nevada: Optical Analysis with a Spindle Stage. International Micromounters Journal, 17, 33 & 4, 5-8.
Zambia (TL)
 
  • Central Province
    • Kabwe District
      • Kabwe (Broken Hill)
R. S. W. Braithwaite, R. G. Pritchard, W. H. Paar & R. A. D. Pattrick (2005): A new mineral, zincolibethenite, CuZnPO4OH, a stoichiometric species of specific site occupancy. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 145-153; Am Min 90:1950
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