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About MátraiteHide

Brownish yellow
3½ - 4
Crystal System:
A variety of Sphalerite

A densely twinned columnar variety of sphalerite. Discredited as 2006-C.
Nitta et al. (2008) showed that the sphalerite is twinned on {111}.

Originally reported from Gyöngyösoroszi, Mátra Mts., Heves Co., Hungary.

Classification of MátraiteHide


2 : Sulphides
C : Sulphides with metal: sulphur, selenium and tellurium = 1:1
13 : Wurtzite series

8 : AmXp, with m:p = 1:1

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
4 : Sulphides etc. of Group II metals other than Hg (Mg, Ca, Zn, Cd)

Physical Properties of MátraiteHide

Brownish yellow
White, yellow
3½ - 4 on Mohs scale

Chemical Properties of MátraiteHide

Common Impurities:

Crystallography of MátraiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 3.8 Å, c = 9.4 Å
a:c = 1 : 2.474
Unit Cell V:
117.55 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Other Language Names for MátraiteHide


Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping (8th Edition)Hide

2/C.13-10Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)SHex. 6mm : P63mc
2/C.13-30GreenockiteCdSHex. 6mm : P63mc
2/C.13-40CadmoseliteCdSeHex. 6mm : P63mc
2/C.13-50RambergiteMnSHex. 6mm : P63mc

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

3.4.2Oldhamite(Ca,Mg)SIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.4.4SphaleriteZnSIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.4.5Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)SHex. 6mm : P63mc
3.4.6StilleiteZnSeIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.4.7GreenockiteCdSHex. 6mm : P63mc
3.4.8HawleyiteCdSIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.4.9CadmoseliteCdSeHex. 6mm : P63mc

Other InformationHide

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 MátraiteHide

Reference List:
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Skinner, B. (1960) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 45: 1130-1136.
Acta Mineral.-Petrogr. (Szeged) (2000) 41 (Suppl.): 124.
Burke, E.A.J. (2006) A mass discreditation of GQN minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist: 44(6): 1557-1560.
Nitta, E., Kimata, M., Hoshino, M., Echigo, T., Hamasaki, S., Nishida, N., Shimizu, M., and Akasaka, T. (2008) Crystal chemistry of ZnS minerals formed as high-temperature volcanic sublimates: matraite identical with sphalerite. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences: 103: 145-151.

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Localities for MátraiteHide

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Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Tibet
    • Shannan Prefecture (Lhokha Prefecture; Lhoka Prefecture)
      • Qusum Co. (Qusong Co.)
Wenji Bai, Jingsui Yang, Qingsong Fang, Binggan Yan, and Zhongming Zhang (2001): Earth Science Frontiers 8(3), 111-121
  • Heves County
Am Min 45 (1960), 1131
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