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Copper Sulphides

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About Copper SulphidesHide

A generic term often used in petrology and mining to cover any individual or mixture of copper (and copper iron) sulphides.

Synonyms of Copper SulphidesHide

Other Language Names for Copper SulphidesHide

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Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Chalcopyrite3 photos of Copper Sulphides associated with Chalcopyrite on
Calcite2 photos of Copper Sulphides associated with Calcite on
Limonite2 photos of Copper Sulphides associated with Limonite on
Mimetite1 photo of Copper Sulphides associated with Mimetite on
Mallestigite1 photo of Copper Sulphides associated with Mallestigite on
Anglesite1 photo of Copper Sulphides associated with Anglesite on
Bornite1 photo of Copper Sulphides associated with Bornite on
Hematite1 photo of Copper Sulphides associated with Hematite on

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

Copper Sulphides in petrologyHide

An essential component of rock names highlighted in red, an accessory component in rock names highlighted in green.

References for Copper SulphidesHide

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Goble, R.J. (1985): The relationship between crystal structure, bonding and cell dimensions in the copper sulfides. Canadian Mineralogist, 23, 61-76.

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Significant localities for Copper SulphidesHide

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ⓘ - 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.
  • Queensland
    • Cloncurry Shire
      • Cloncurry
[Chalcopyrite] S Rust Collection
    • Whitsunday Region
      • Strathmore
[Chalcocite] Steve Sorrell Collection
  • South Australia
    • Stuart Shelf
      • Roxby Downs
[Roxbyite] Roberts, D.E., Hudson, G.R.T., and Li, Z. (1984): Geology and Prospecting 20(7), 32-37, 51 (as potentially new copper sulphide with low copper content); MM 1988, 323-330
    • Yorke Peninsula
      • Moonta
[Chalcopyrite] RB94/00041;Janz 1990 (unpublished honours thesis) + self prospected
  • Western Australia
    • East Pilbara Shire
      • Rudall River District
[Chalcocite] Downes, P. J., Hope, M., Bevan, A. W. R. and Henry, D. A. (2006): Chalcocite and associated secondary minerals from the Telfer gold mine, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 12, 25-42.; Mineralogical Record (2001) 32:253
  • Tyrol
    • East Tyrol
      • Tauern valley
        • Frosnitz valley
[Bornite] R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
        • Matrei in Osttirol
[Bornite] R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
  • Cochabamba
    • Chapare Province
[Chalcopyrite] Alfredo Petrov collection.
  • Alberta
    • Yarrow Creek-Spionkop Creek deposit
[Spionkopite] Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990
[Yarrowite] GOBLE, R.J. (1980): Copper sulfides from Alberta: yarrowite Cu9S8 and spionkopite Cu39S28. Canadian Mineralogist 18, 511-518. GOBLE, R.J. (1985): The relationship between crystal structure, bonding and cell dimensions in the copper sulfides. Canadian Mineralogist 23, 61-76.
  • British Columbia
    • Lillooet Mining Division
      • Bridge River area
        • Truax Creek
  • Québec
    • Nord-du-Québec
      • Chibougamau mining district
[Cubanite] Fig. 1, Rocks & Minerals 75:6, p. 404; Lévesque, André (1983): Cubanite from Chibougamau, Québec. Mineralogical Record 14 (3): 151-155
  • Yukon
    • Mayo mining district
      • Galena Hill
        • Elsa
[Chalcopyrite] Oscar Jose Tessari (1979) Model Ages and Applied Whole Rock Geochemistry of Ag-Pb-Zn veins, Keno Hill - Galena Hill Mining Camp, Yukon Territory. MSc Thesis, University of British Columbia.
  • Hubei Province
    • Huangshi Prefecture
      • Daye Co.
[Chalcopyrite] Jingye Jiang, Dafang Tan, Guojun Hu, and Lichun Zhang (1998): Geology and Prospecting 34(6), 5-9; Ottens, B. (2003): Lapis 28(9), 41-47
  • Holguín Province
    • Mayarí-Baracoa Belt
      • Moa-Baracoa District
[Cubanite] [Clark, 1993 - "Hey's Mineral Index"]
Czech Republic
  • Karlovy Vary Region
    • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
      • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
[Bornite] Am Min 46 (1961), 1270; Lapis 2002(7/8), 63-65
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Rhône
      • Beaujeu
        • Les Ardillats
[Covellite] Favreau G., Legris J-R., Dardillac M. (1996), La Verrière (Rhône): Histoire et Minéralogie, Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, n°3, pp:3-28
  • Grand Est
    • Bas-Rhin
      • Bruche valley (Breuch valley)
        • Schirmeck
[Chalcopyrite] Alain Steinmetz and Thierry Brunsperger Collection
  • Saxony-Anhalt
    • Naumburg
      • Bad Kösen
[Chalcopyrite] Mineralogical Collection of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. Formerly in the Michael Scheven Collection.
    • Sangerhausen
[Digenite] Breithaupt, A. (1844): Zwei neue Kupfer enthaltende Mineralien aus der Ordnung der Glanze.- Pogg. Ann. d. Phys. u. Chem. 61, 671-675
  • Co. Tipperary
    • Monard
[Chalcopyrite] Barry Flannery Collection; Steed, G. M. (1983) Gortdrumite, a new sulphide mineral containing copper and mercury, from Ireland. Mineralogical Magazine, 47, 35-6.; Ryback, G., Nawaz, R. and Farley, E. (1988) Seventh Supplementary List of British Isles Minerals (Irish). Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 52, n° 365, pp.
  • Campania
    • Naples Province
      • Somma-Vesuvius Complex
[Covellite] Covelli, N. (1827) Sur le Bisulfure de Cuivre qui se forme actuellement dans le Vesuve (1826), Ann. Chim. Vol. XXXV, 105-111, Paris.
  • Tuscany
    • Lucca Province
      • Apuan Alps
        • Stazzema
[Chalcopyrite] Am.Min.:77:1301-1304.
  • Honshu Island
    • Tohoku Region
      • Akita Prefecture
        • Kitaakita City
          • Ani-machi
[Anilite] Amer.Min.(1969) 54, 1256-1269
  • Karaganda
[Bornite] []; Box, S.E., Syusyura, Boris, Hayes, T.S., Taylor, C.D., Zientek, M.L., Hitzman, M.W., Seltmann, Reimer, Chechetkin, Vladimir, Dolgopolova, Alla, Cossette, P.M., and Wallis, J.C., 2012, Sandstone copper assessment of the Chu-Sarysu Basin, Central Kazakhstan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–E, 63 p. ; Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
  • District of Kosovska Mitrovica
    • Kosovska Mitrovica
      • Trepča valley
        • Trepča complex
[Chalcopyrite] Féraud J. (1979) - La mine " Stari-Trg " (Trepca, Yougoslavie) et ses richesses minéralogiques. Avec la collaboration de Mari D. et G. (1979) Minéraux et Fossiles, n° 59-60, p. 19-28; Pršek, J. et al. (2012) []; Joana Koà Odziejczyk ,Jaroslav Pršek , Halilqela ( 2012) MIneralogical Diversity In Orebodies Within Xth Horizon.At Stan Terg Mine, Kosovo. Buletini i Shkencave Gjeologjike pp84-; Kołodziejczyk, J., Pršek, J., Melfos, V., Voudouris, P. C., Maliqi, F., & Kozub-Budzyń, G. (2015). Bismuth minerals from the Stan Terg deposit (Trepça, Kosovo). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie-Abhandlungen: Journal of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 192(3), 317-333.
  • Chihuahua
[Djurleite] Am Min 47 (1962), 1181-1184
  • Guanajuato
    • Mun. de Guanajuato
      • Guanajuato
[Chalcopyrite] Panczner (1987): 152.
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Djebel Saghro (Jbel Saghro)
        • Bou Skour District
[Chalcocite] Dietrich, J.E. & Favreau, G. (2005) Bou Skour (Maroc) : au pays des wulfenites bleues, Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 89, pp 106-114
  • Erongo Region
    • Arandis
[Idaite] American Mineralogist (1958): 43: 1219.
Pacific Ocean
  • East Pacific Rise
    • Juan de Fuca Ridge complex
[Isocubanite] Mineralogical Magazine(1988) 52, 509-514
  • Ancash Department
    • Bolognesi Province
      • Huallanca District
        • Huallanca
[Chalcopyrite] Hyrsl & Rosales (2003) Mineralogical Record, 34, 241-254.; Econ Geol (1985) 80:416-478
[Chalcopyrite] Mineralogical Record 28, no. 4 (1997); Hyrsl & Rosales (2003) Mineralogical Record, 34, 241-254.; Hyrsl & Rosales (2003) Mineralogical Record, 34, 241-254.
    • Recuay Province
      • Ticapampa District
[Chalcopyrite] Mi.Rec. 28, no.4 (1997)
  • Huancavelica Department
    • Angaraes Province
[Chalcopyrite] Crowley, Jack A., Currier, Rock H., & Szenics, Terry (1997) Mines and Minerals of Peru. Mineralogical Record, Vol.28, No.4. 98p.
  • Lima Department
    • Huarochiri Province
      • Casapalca
[Chalcopyrite] Mineralogical Record (1997): 28(4).; Hyrsl & Rosales (2003) Mineralogical Record, 34, 241-254.
  • Pasco department
    • Pasco province
      • Tinyahuarco district
        • Colquijirca mining district
[Chalcopyrite] Min.Rec., 28, no.4 (1997); Mineralium Deposita September 2003, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 683-694 ; Economic Geology November 2009 vol. 104 no. 7 905-944
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Bouenza Department
    • Boko Songho District
[Chalcocite] P Haas collection
  • Maramureș Co.
    • Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik)
[Chalcopyrite] Mineral News 14:12 p 1,4
  • Primorsky Krai
    • Dalnegorsk Urban District
      • Dalnegorsk
[Chalcopyrite] [MinRec vol 32 pp 14-15]; Rogulina, L.I., and Sveshnikova, O.L. (2008): Geology of Ore Deposits 50(1), 60-74.; Dobovol'skaya, M. G., Baskina, V. A., Balashova, S. P., Kenisarin, A. M., Arakelyants, M. M., Klimachev, L. A., & Muravitskaya, G. N. (1990). Order of Formation of the Ores and Mafic Dikes of the Nikolayevsk Deposit (Southern Primor'ye). International Geology Review, 32(4), 391-403.; Vasilenko, G.P. (2001) The Dalnegorsk Ore District. pp98-124 in Khanchuk, A.I., Gonevchuk, G.A. & Seltmann, R. (Eds) Metallogeny of the Pacific Northwest (Russian Far East): Tectonics, Magmatism and Metallogeny of Active Continental Margins. IAGOD Guidebook series 11, Dalnauka Publishing House, Vladivostok 2004, 176 p
South Africa
  • Northern Cape Province
    • Namakwa District (Namaqualand)
      • Okiep Copper District
        • Nababeep tungsten mines
[Chalcocite] Min Rec 35:4 pp289-317; P. G. Sonhnge (1950) The Nababeep Near West Tungsten Mine, South Africa. American Mineralogist 35:931-940
  • Andalusia
    • Seville
      • Gerena
[Djurleite] - Menor-Salván, César; Carrasco, Iván y García, Gonzalo (2010). Los minerales del grupo de la Calcosina en la mina “Las Cruces”, Gerena (Sevilla) en Acopios 1-7, pp. 95-116
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Carn Brea
        • Pool
[Chalcocite] Phillips, W. (1823): An Elementary Introduction to the Knowledge of Mineralogy, 3rd ed. William Phillips (London), 535 pp.; Henwood, W.J. (1843): Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall 5, 1-386; Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.
      • St Agnes
[Chalcopyrite] Henwood, W.J. (1843): Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall 5, 1-386; Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.; Rudler, F.W. (1905): A Handbook to a Collection of the Minerals of the British Islands, Mostly Selected from the Ludlam Collection. HMSO Publications (London), 241 pp.; Reid, C., Scrivenor, J.B., Flett, J.S., Pollard, W., and MacAlister, D.A. (1906): The Geology of the Country near Newquay. HMSO Publications (London), 131 pp.; Dines, H.G. (1956): The metalliferous mining region of south-west England. HMSO Publications (London), Vol. 1, pp. 462-467
      • St Ives
[Chalcocite] Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.; Dines, H.G. (1956): The metalliferous mining region of south-west England. HMSO Publications (London), Vol. 1, p. 114-117.
  • Arizona
    • Coconino Co.
      • Grand Canyon
        • Horseshoe Mesa
[Covellite] Michael Cline Collection
  • Colorado
    • Rio Grande Co.
      • Summitville District (Summit District)
[Covellite] U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
[Covellite] Rob Lavinsky photo
  • Connecticut
    • Hartford Co.
      • Bristol
[Bornite] Rocks & Minerals (1995) 70:396-409; Jones (2001)
  • Kentucky
    • Boyle Co.
      • Danville
        • Caldwell Stone Company Quarry
[Chalcopyrite] Rocks and Minerals Magazine Vol. 69 No. 4 (jul/aug 1994); Rocks & Minerals 81:420-440
  • Michigan
    • Keweenaw Co.
      • Copper Harbor
[Chalcocite] Rocks & Min.:58:111.; Rocks & Minerals 84:298-323.; Rosemeyer, T. 2011 New from the Keweenaw: Part 4 - Recent Mineral Finds in Michigan's Copper Country. Rocks & Minerals 86:205-227
    • Ontonagon Co.
      • White Pine
[Chalcocite] Rocks & Min.: 58:112; 61:345.
  • Missouri
    • Reynolds Co.
      • Viburnum Trend District
        • Ellington
[Djurleite] Rocks & Min.:72:417.
  • Montana
    • Silver Bow Co.
      • Butte District (Summit Valley District)
        • Butte
[Chalcocite] J Lorengo collection; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.; USGS Bulletin 625
  • New Jersey
    • Somerset Co.
      • Bridgewater Township
[Chalcocite] Manchester, J.G. (1931) Minerals of New York City and its Environs. Bulletin of the New York Mineralogical Club, 3:67; American Mineralogist (1929) 14: 309-311
  • New Mexico
    • Santa Fe Co.
      • New Placers District
[Chalcopyrite] M Massis collection; W. W., Jr Atkinson and Sherman P. Marsh (2012) The San Pedro mine - a record of the history, geology, and mineral collection. New Mexico Mineral Symposium Socorro, NM November 10-11, 2012 Abstracts pp. 22-23.
  • New York
    • St. Lawrence Co.
      • De Kalb Township
[Geerite] Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 18, pp. 519-523 (1980)
    • Ulster Co.
      • Wawarsing
        • Ellenville
[Chalcopyrite] Dana 7:I:592.; Econ Geol (1990) 85:182-196
  • North Carolina
    • Davidson Co.
      • Carolina Slate Belt
        • Cid District
[Chalcopyrite] USGS Prof Paper 610 "Principal Gold Producing Districts of the United States"
  • Washington
    • King Co.
      • North Bend
        • Hansen Creek
[Chalcopyrite] Eric He's Collection
  • Wisconsin
    • Rusk Co.
      • Ladysmith
[Chalcocite] Jones, C., J. Jones & G. LaBerge, G. (1999). The Flambeau Mine, Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Mineralogical Record, 30 (2), 107-131.
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