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Brownish yellow
3½ - 4
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 Mátraite


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 Mátraite

Brownish yellow
White, yellow
Hardness (Mohs):
3½ - 4

Crystallography of Mátraite

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

Chemical Properties of Mátraite

Elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:

Relationship of Mátraite to other Species

Other Names for Mátraite

Name in Other Languages:

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 Mátraite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1960): 45: 1131.

Acta Mineral.-Petrogr. (Szeged)(2000): 41 (Suppl.): 124.

Burke, Ernest A.J. (2007) A Mass Discreditation of GQN Minerals. Canadian Mineralogist: 44(6): 1557-1560.

Nitta, E., Kimata, M., Hoshino, M., Echigo, T., Hamasaki, S., Nishida, N., Shimizu, M., 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 Mátraite

(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.
  • Tibet Autonomous Region
    • 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 Co.
    • Mátra Mts
Am Min 45 (1960), 1131
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