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Specific Gravity:
6.06 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in 1980 by Asahiko Sugaki, Hiromi Shima, and Arashi Kitakaze after the type locality, Mihara Mine, Okayama, Japan.
This page provides mineralogical data about Miharaite.

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Classification of MiharaiteHide

First Published:

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
L : Unclassified Sulfosalts
B : With essential Pb

1 : ø > 4

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
8 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Mn, Fe, Co and Ni

Physical Properties of MiharaiteHide

VHN25=190 - 230 kg/mm2 (15 s test time) - Vickers
6.06 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of MiharaiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of MiharaiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.85 Å, b = 11.98 Å, c = 3.87 Å
a:b:c = 0.906 : 1 : 0.323
Unit Cell V:
503.03 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Space group Pbnm, Pb2n, or pb2tm

Occurrences of MiharaiteHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):

Type Occurrence of MiharaiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
minute (<0.3 mm) grains in bornite
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Institute of Mineralogy Petrology, and Economic Geology, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, and Department of Mining and Mineral Engineering, Faculty of Engineering,Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of MiharaiteHide

Other Language Names for MiharaiteHide

Simplified Chinese:硫铋铅铁铜矿

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.LB.30SorbyiteCuPb9(Sb,As)11S26Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.LB.30SterryiteCu(Ag,Cu)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As-As)S56Mon. 2/m
2.LB.45CreraritePt2-x(Bi,Pb)11(S,Se)11Tric. 1 : P1

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)HideÁngelaiteCu2AgPbBiS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

5.8.1SamsoniteAg4MnSb2S6Mon. 2/m : P21/m
5.8.2UchucchacuaiteAgMnPb3Sb5S12Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmm
5.8.3BenavidesitePb4MnSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.8.4BerthieriteFeSb2S4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.8.5JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.8.13BismutohauchecorniteNi9Bi2S8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
5.8.15HauchecorniteNi9BiSbS8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
5.8.18MückeiteNiCu(Bi,Sb)S3Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21

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 MiharaiteHide

Reference List:
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Sugaki, A., Shima, H., Kitakaze, A. (1980) Miharaite, Cu4FePbBiS6, a new mineral from the Mihara mine, Okayama, Japan. American Mineralogist: 65: 784-788

Internet Links for MiharaiteHide

Localities for MiharaiteHide

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.

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.
  • Chubut Province
    • Gastre Department
Brodtkorb (2002): Las Especies Minerales de la Republica Argentina; DE BRODTKORB, Milka K. Precious metaltellurides and other Te-bearing minerals in different paragenesis of Argentina: A review. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.64, n.3, pp. 365-372.
Topa, D., Makovicky, E., Paar, W., Brodtkorb, M. (2004): The crystal structure of Angelaite, Cu2AgPbBiS4, a new mineral species from Angela mine, Province of Chubut, Argentina. 32nd IGC - Florence, 2004.; BRODTKORB, M.K. de y PAAR, W.. Angelaite in the paragenesis of Los Manantiales district, Chubut, Argentina: a new mineral species. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2004, vol.59, n.4, pp. 787-78; Dan Topa, Werner H. Paar, Hubert Putz, Georg Zagler, Milka K. de Brodtkorb, Chris J. Stanley, Andrew C. Roberts, and Emil Makovicky (2010) Mineralogical data on angelaite, Cu 2 AgPbBiS 4 , from the Los Manantiales district, Chubut, Argentina. The Canadian Mineralogist (February 2010), 48(1):139-144 ; Paar, W. H., Putz, H., Topa, D., de Brodtkorb, M. K., & Sureda, R. J. (2005, January). Occurrence and paragenesis of tellurium in mineral deposits of Argentina. In Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge (pp. 1419-1422). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Córdoba Province
    • Calamuchita Department
DE BRODTKORB, Milka K. Precious metaltellurides and other Te-bearing minerals in different paragenesis of Argentina: A review. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.64, n.3, pp. 365-372.
  • San Juan Province
    • Caucete department
      • La Huerta Range
        • Marayes mining district
The Canadian Mineralogist; February 2009; v. 47; no. 1; p. 129-141
  • Pazardzhik Province
    • Panagyurishte (Panagurishte) Obshtina
      • Elshitsa
Cook, N. J., Ciobanu, C. L., & Bogdanov, K. (2002) Trace mineralogy of the Upper Cretaceous banatitic Magmatic and metallogenetic Belt, SE Europe. In 11th Quadrennial IAGOD symposium–Geocongress 2002, Windhoek, Namibia, July 2002. CD Volume of extended abstracts.
      • Levski
K. Kouzmanov, K. Bogdanov, C. Ramboz (2005): Te- and Bi-bearing assemblages in the Elshitsa and Radka epithermal deposits, Central Srednogorie, Bulgaria: Mineralogy and genetical features. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology, 43, 108-112.; Kouzmanov, K. (2004). Galena-bearing myrmekitic intergrowths from the Radka deposit, Bulgaria: Origin and mechanisms of formation. Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology, 41, 17-30.
  • Hebei
    • Qinhuangdao
      • Qinglong Co.
Zhenkuan Luo, Manshe Wang, Kang Guan, and Chuantai Wang (1990): Gold Science and Technology 1990(4), 6-13; Kang Guan, Zhenkuan Luo, Manzhi Wang, and Chuantai Wang (1990): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 10(3), 227-231; Yingchen Ren (1999): Contributions to Geology and Mineral Resources Research 14(1), 1-12, 38
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Karlsruhe
      • Freudenstadt
        • Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Staude, S., Dorn, A., Pfaff, K., & Markl, G. (2010). Assemblages of Ag–Bi sulfosalts and conditions of their formation: the type locality of schapbachite (Ag0. 4Pb0. 2Bi0. 4S) and neighboring mines in the Schwarzwald ore district, southern Germany. The Canadian Mineralogist, 48(3), 441-466.
  • Rajasthan
    • Jaipur Division
      • Jhunjhunu District
Ahmed, M., Shaif, M., Siddiquie, F. N., & Khan, R. (2018). Mode of Occurrence and Mineralogy of Northern Khetri Copper Deposits, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan. Natural Resources, 2018, 9, 389-403
  • Hyogo
    • Yabu City
      • Oya-cho
Fukuoka, M. (1981). Miharaite from the Akenobe mine and the mineral paragenesis (abstr. in Japanese). Coll. Abstr. Ann. Meet. Mineral. Soc. Japan (B-35), 107.
  • Okayama
    • Ibara City
      • Higashi-Mihara
        • Mihara mine
Sugaki, A., Shima, H., Kitakaze, A. (1980) Miharaite, Cu4FePbBiS6, a new mineral from the Mihara mine, Okayama, Japan. American Mineralogist: 65: 784-788
    • Tomata district
      • Kagamino-cho
American Mineralogist, Volume 65, pages 784-788, 1980
  • Yamagata
Izumino, Y., Nakashima, K., & Nagashima, M. (2014). Cuprobismutite group minerals (cuprobismutite, hodrušhite, kupčíkite and padĕraite), other Bi–sulfosalts and Bi–tellurides from the Obari mine, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences, 109(4), 177-190.
North Korea
  • North Hwanghae Province
    • Suan-gun
      • Hol Kol Mine (Holgol; Suan; Namjong)
Resource Geology, vol. 50, no. 4, 213-228, 2000
  • Buskerud
    • Drammen
      • Konnerud
Segalstad, T. V. & Telstø, L. (2002): Mineraldannelsen i Konnerudkollen gruver. Bergverksmuseets Skrift 20, 35-49
  • Aveiro
    • Albergaria-a-Velha
      • Branca
Marques de Sá, J. & Leal Gomes, C. (2010): Les mines de cuivre et nickel de Palhal et Telhadela, Albergaria-a-Velha, Aveiro, Portugal. Le Règne Minéral, 92, 36-47.
  • Beja
    • Castro Verde
      • Santa Bárbara de Padrões
Pinto, A., Bowles, J. F. W., & Gaspar, O. C. (1994). The mineral chemistry and textures of wittichenite, miharaite, carrolite, mawsonite and In±Bi±Hg tennantite from Neves-Corvo, Portugal. IMA 94. In XVI General Meeting of IMA, Pisa, ItaÂlia, Abstracts.; Cabri, L. J., Gaspar, O. C., Lastra, R., & McMahon, G. (1998). Distribution of gold in tin-rich samples from the Corvo orebody, Portugal. The Canadian Mineralogist, 36(5), 1347-1360.; Gaspar, O.C. (2002): Mineralogy and sulfide mineral chemistry of the Neves–Corvo Ores, Portugal: insight into their genesis. Canadian Mineralogist 40, 611-636.
  • Bihor
    • Nucet
Cook, N. J., Ciobanu, C. L., & Bogdanov, K. (2002) Trace mineralogy of the Upper Cretaceous banatitic Magmatic and metallogenetic Belt, SE Europe. In 11th Quadrennial IAGOD symposium–Geocongress 2002, Windhoek, Namibia, July 2002. CD Volume of extended abstracts.
South Korea
  • Ulsan
Mineralogical Journal Vol. 12 (1984) , No. 4 pp 162-172; CHOI, S. G., & IMAI, N. (1985). Ni-Fe-Co Arsenides and Sulpharsenides from the Ulsan Mine, Republic of Korea. Mining Geology, 35(189), 1-16.; CHOI, S. G., & IMAI, N. (1983). Miharaite in bornite-rich copper ore from the Ulsan mine, Republic of Korea. The Journal of the Japanese Association of Mineralogists, Petrologists and Economic Geologists, 78(9), 350-360.
  • Värmland County
    • Arvika
      • Glava
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