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Tetrahedrite Group

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About Tetrahedrite GroupHide

Formula is simplified.
Cubic sulphides, selenides and tellurides of general (simplified) formula A12B4X13.
By far the most common members are tennantite and tetrahedrite.

A Bi-dominant composition, which probably represents a new species, has been reported by Gołębiowska et al. (2012).

Chemical Properties of Tetrahedrite GroupHide


Formula is simplified.

Relationship of Tetrahedrite Group to other SpeciesHide

Group Members:
Argentotennantite Ag6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Argentotetrahedrite Ag6Cu4(Fe,Zn)2Sb4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Freibergite Ag6[Cu4Fe2]Sb4S13-xIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Giraudite Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4Se13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Goldfieldite Cu10Te4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Hakite Cu6[Cu4Hg2]Sb4Se13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Rozhdestvenskayaite Ag10Zn2Sb4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Tennantite Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
Tetrahedrite Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
UM1992-21-S:AgFeSb (Ag,Fe,Zn,Hg)12(Sb,As)4S13Iso.

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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.

Tetrahedrite Group in petrologyHide

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

References for Tetrahedrite GroupHide

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King, R.J. (2001) Minerals explained 32: The tetrahedrite group. Geology Today: 17: 77-80.
Moëlo, Y., Makovicky, E., Mozgova, N.N., Jambor, J.L., Cook, N., Pring, A., Paar, W., Nickel, E.H., Graeser, S., Karup-Møller, S., Balić-Žunić, T., Mumme, W.G., Vurro, F., Topa, D., Bindi, L., Bente, K., Shimizu, M. (2008) Sulfosalt systematics: a review. Report of the sulfosalt sub-committee of the IMA Commission on Ore Mineralogy. European Journal of Mineralogy: 20: 7-46.
Gołębiowska, B., Pieczka, A., Parafiniuk, J. (2012) Substitution of Bi for Sb and As in minerals of the tetrahedrite series from Rędziny, Lower Silesia, Southwestern Poland. The Canadian Mineralogist: 50: 267-279.

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