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About MurdochiteHide

Joseph Murdoch
PbCu6O8-x(Cl,Br)2x where x<=0.5
Specific Gravity:
5.9 - 6.7
Crystal System:
After Professor Joseph Murdoch [February 19, 1890 Washington, D.C., USA – December 31, 1973 Santa Monica, California, USA], professor of mineralogy, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA. Murdoch was an authority on ore microscopy and ore genesis. He studied, among other things, the California borate minerals, the Crestmore quarries, and pegmatites in northern Brazil. He also served as president of the Mineralogical Society of America.
A secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of lead-copper deposits.

Classification of MurdochiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
First Published:

D : Oxyhalides, hydroxyhalides and related double halides
B : With Pb, Cu, etc.

6 : Miscellaneous

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
11 : Oxides of Sn and Pb

Pronounciation of MurdochiteHide

PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of MurdochiteHide

VHN100=519 - 567 kg/mm2 - Vickers
On {111}.
5.9 - 6.7 g/cm3 (Measured)    6.06 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of MurdochiteHide

Colour in reflected light:
grey with a yellowish brown tint

Chemical Properties of MurdochiteHide

PbCu6O8-x(Cl,Br)2x where x<=0.5
IMA Formula:

Crystallography of MurdochiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.21 Å
Unit Cell V:
781.23 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals octahedral and cubo-octahedral.
Common on unstated law.
Cell parameter data: a = 9.210-9.224.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Type Occurrence of MurdochiteHide

Other Language Names for MurdochiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Bromian ChlorargyriteAg(Cl,Br)
ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
DioptaseCuSiO3 · H2O
HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Malachite37 photos of Murdochite associated with Malachite on
Quartz19 photos of Murdochite associated with Quartz on
Calcite15 photos of Murdochite associated with Calcite on
Limonite10 photos of Murdochite associated with Limonite on
Brochantite9 photos of Murdochite associated with Brochantite on
Plattnerite8 photos of Murdochite associated with Plattnerite on
Rosasite7 photos of Murdochite associated with Rosasite on
Lepidocrocite7 photos of Murdochite associated with Lepidocrocite on
Linarite7 photos of Murdochite associated with Linarite on
Hematite6 photos of Murdochite associated with Hematite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.DB.RickturneritePb7O4[Mg(OH)4](OH)Cl3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.DB.05DiaboleitePb2CuCl2(OH)4Tet. 4mm : P4mm
3.DB.10PseudoboleitePb31Cu24Cl62(OH)48Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
3.DB.15BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pm3m
3.DB.20CumengeitePb21Cu20Cl42(OH)40 · 6H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
3.DB.25BideauxitePb2AgCl3(F,OH)2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
3.DB.30ChloroxiphitePb3CuO2Cl2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/m
3.DB.35HematophanitePb4Fe3O8(OH,Cl)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
3.DB.40AsisitePb7SiO9Cl2 Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
3.DB.40ParkinsonitePb7MoO9Cl2 Tet.
3.DB.50YedlinitePb6Cr3+Cl6(O,OH,H2O)8Trig. 3 : R3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

7.11.2CassiteriteSnO2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm
7.11.4SchoenfliesiteMg[Sn(OH)6]Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pn3
7.11.7WickmaniteMn2+[Sn(OH)6]Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pn3
7.11.8TetrawickmaniteMn2+[Sn4+(OH)6]Tet. 4/m : P42/n
7.11.9JeanbandyiteFe3+xFe2+1-xSn(OH)6-xOx (1 ≥ x > 0.5)Tet. 4/m : P42/n
7.11.10NataniteFe2+[Sn(OH)6]Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pn3m
7.11.12Ferronigerite-2N1S(Al,Fe,Zn)2(Al,Sn)6O11(OH)Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
7.11.14ArgutiteGeO2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm
7.11.15BrunogeieriteGe4+Fe2+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
7.11.19BartelkeitePb(Fe2+Ge)[Ge2O7](OH)2 · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
7.11.20MassicotPbOOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmmm
7.11.21LithargePbOTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
7.11.22MiniumPb3O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
7.11.23PlattneritePbO2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
7.11.26MacedonitePbTiO3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
7.11.28CoronaditePb(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16Mon. 2/m
7.11.29QuenselitePbMnO2(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/b
7.11.30PlumboferritePb2(Fe3+,Mn2+,Mg)11O19Trig. 3 2 : P3 1 2
7.11.31Magnetoplumbite(Pb,Mn)(Fe,Mn)12O19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc

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 MurdochiteHide

Reference List:
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Fahey, J.J. (1955) Murdochite, a new copper lead oxide mineral, American Mineralogist: 40: 905-906.
Christ, C.L. and Clark, J.R. (1955) The crystal structure of murdochite. American Mineralogist: 40: 907–916.
Burke, E.A.J. and Maaskant, P. (1970) New data on murdochite. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh., 558–565.
Dubler, E., Vedani, A., and Oswald, H.R. (1983) New structure determination of murdochite, Cu6PbO8. Acta Crystallographica: C39: 1143-1146.
Dunn, P.J., Fleischer, M., Francis, C.A., Langley, R.H., Kissin, S.A., Shigley, J.E., Vanko, D.A., Zilczer, J.A. (1984) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 69: 810-815.
Winkler, B., Chall, M., Pickard, C.J., Milman, V., White, J. (2000) Structure of Cu6PbO8. Acta Crystallographica: B56: 22-26.

Internet Links for MurdochiteHide

Localities for MurdochiteHide

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.

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- 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.
  • Western Australia
    • Roebourne Shire
      • Whim Creek
P. Downes, J. Bevan & A. Bevan (1998) - Minerals of the Whim Creek copper mine, Western Australia - Australian Journal of Mineralogy, Vol. 4, N°1, pp 13-29
  • Atacama
    • Copiapó Province
      • Zapallar district
maurizio dini collection
  • Attica
    • East Attica
      • Lavreotiki
        • Lavrion District Mines
          • Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamariza)
            • Kamariza Mines (Kamareza Mines)
Fritz Schreiber collection
          • Sounion Area
            • Agia Varvara Mines (St Barbara Mines)
Branko Rieck collection
Lapis, 24, 7/8, (1999)
  • Isfahan
    • Nain County (Nayin County)
      • Anarak District
Karl Heinz Fabritz collection (Uwe Kolitsch SXRD analysis); Adib, D. and Ottemann, J. (1970): Mineralium Deposita, 5, 86-93; Bariand, P. 1963. Contribution à la minéralogie de l’lran. Bulletin de la Société Française de minéralogie et de cristallographie, 86: 17-64. [Locality description in brief and mineralogical list with photographs] Bariand, P. 2003. Un apercu général sur la Minéralogie de I'Iran. Le Règne Minéral, 54: 41-51.
  • Tuscany
    • Grosseto Province
      • Montieri
        • Gerfalco
Batacchi, C., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M.E. (2011): Murdochite di Fosso Mandromicci, Gerfalco, Toscana: primo ritrovamento italiano. Micro (Periodico dell'AMI). 2011 (3), 101-112
  • Chihuahua
    • Aquiles Serdán Municipality
      • Santa Eulalia Mining District
        • East Camp
Megaw, P.K.M., 1990b, Geology and geochemistry of the Santa Eulalia mining district, Chihuahua, Mexico.: Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of Arizona, 549 p
  • Durango
    • Mapimí Municipality
      • Mapimí
Rocks & Min.: 56:247.
Thomas P. Moore (2008) Lapis, 33, #7-8, 33-40.
Thomas P. Moore (2008) Lapis, 33, #7-8, 33-40.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Mule Mts
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 331.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.:69
Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 28.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 308; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 308; Graeme, R. (1993), Bisbee revisited, Min.Rec.: 24: 421-436.; Rolf Luetcke, pers. comm., November 3rd 2017
    • Gila Co.
      • Dripping Spring Mts
        • Banner Mining District
          • Hayden area
            • Chilito
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 123, 308; Keith, S.B. (1972), Mineralogy and paragenesis of the 79 mine lead-zinc-copper deposit, Min.Rec.: 3: 247-264;
    • La Paz Co.
      • New Water Mts
Hunt, W. (1983) Calciovolborthite from the New Water Mountains Yuma County, Arizona. Mineralogical Record 14:119
    • Maricopa Co.
      • Big Horn Mts
        • Osborn Mining District
          • Tonopah
            • Belmont Mountain
              • Tiger Wash
MinRec 19(3):81-87.
Yang, H., Downs, R.T., Evans, S.H., Jenkins, R.A., Bloch, E.M. (2013): Rongibbsite, Pb2(Si4Al)O11(OH), a new zeolitic aluminosilicate mineral with an interrupted framework from Maricopa County, Arizona, U.S.A. American Mineralogist, 98, 236-241
    • Pima Co.
      • Waterman Mts
        • Waterman Mining District
          • Silver Hill Mining District
            • Silver Hill
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 123, 308, 331; Bideaux, R.A., et al (1960), Some new occurrences of minerals of Arizona, AZ Geol. Soc. Digest: 3: 53-56.
    • Pinal Co.
      • Mammoth Mining District
        • Tiger
          • St. Anthony deposit
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 308; Fahey, J.J. (1955), Murdochite, a new copper lead oxide mineral, Am.Min.: 40: 905-906; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 28.
      • Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation
        • Silver Reef Mining District
          • Tat Momoli Mts
            • Chuichu area
              • Silver Reef Mountains area
                • White Horse Pass area
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne
  • California
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Barstow Mining District
        • Barstow
          • Lead Mountain [2]
      • Silver Lake Mining District
        • Soda Mts
          • Baker
            • Otto Mountain
Joe Marty specimens
          • Zzyzx (Fort Soda; Soda; Soda Springs; Zzyzx Mineral Spring Resort)
Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 183-184; Mills, S. J., Kampf, A. R., Kolitsch, U., Housley, R. M. & Raudsepp, M. (2010) The crystal chemistry and crystal structure of kuksite, Pb3Zn3Te6+P2O14, and a note on the crystal structure of yafsoanite, (Ca,Pb)3Zn(TeO6)2. American Mineralogist, 95(7), 933–938;
  • Montana
    • Granite Co.
      • Philipsburg Mining District (Flint Creek Mining District)
        • John Long Mts
          • Black Pine Ridge
Martin Jensen and Tony Nikischer (2012) Some notes on the mineralogy of the Black Pine Mine, Granite County, Montana. Mineral News, 28, #6, 1-10.
  • Nevada
    • Clark Co.
      • Alunite Mining District
Richard W. Thomssen; Robert M. Housley (2005) Recent rare mineral finds in southern California and Nevada desert mines. Abstracts from the 2005 Desert Symposium. California State University, Desert Studies Consortium and LSA Associates, Inc.
    • Nye Co.
      • Paradise Range
        • Gabbs Mining District
Ron Layton Collection
  • New Mexico
    • Hidalgo Co.
      • Peloncillo Mts
        • San Simon District
          • Granite Gap
R&M 77:5 p298-305
R&M 77:5 p298-305
    • Luna Co.
      • Cookes Peak District
        • Old Hadley Mining District (Graphic Mining District)
Walstrom 2006 New Mexico Mineral Symposium abstracts
    • Sierra Co.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
    • Socorro Co.
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. ed., 1996
        • Bingham
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Ian Merkel
Jerry Cone Collection
Jerry Cone Collection
[Mineralogical Record 30:337]
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