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About ArcubisiteHide

For the composition - Argentum (silver), Cuprum (copper), and bismuth
This page provides mineralogical data about Arcubisite.

Classification of ArcubisiteHide


2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
L : Unclassified Sulfosalts
A : Without essential Pb

2 : ø = 4

5 : Sulphosalts - Sulpharsenites and Sulphobismuthites (those containing Sn, Ge,or V are in Section 6)
2 : Sulpharsenites etc. of Ag

Physical Properties of ArcubisiteHide


Optical Data of ArcubisiteHide

Distinct in air. Strong in oil, cream to bluish green
440nmR1=33.6%R2= 33.4%
460nmR1=33.5%R2= 33.8%
480nmR1=33.1%R2= 33.6%
500nmR1=32.5%R2= 33.9%
520nmR1=32.1%R2= 33.2%
540nmR1=32.1%R2= 33.7%
560nmR1=31.8%R2= 33.7%
580nmR1=31.4%R2= 33.9%
600nmR1=31.2%R2= 33.7%
620nmR1=31.0%R2= 34.1%
640nmR1=31.0%R2= 33.5%
660nmR1=30.9%R2= 33.4%

Reflectance graph
Graph shows reflectance levels at different wavelengths (in nm). Top of box is 100%. Peak reflectance is 34.1%.
R1 shown in black, R2 shown in red
Colour in reflected light:
Light gray with faint olive-brown tint

Chemical Properties of ArcubisiteHide

Common Impurities:

Crystallography of ArcubisiteHide

Anhedral grains to 0.05mm

Type Occurrence of ArcubisiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Mineralogical Museum, University of Copenhagen 1973,114
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Cryolite deposit
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of ArcubisiteHide

Other Language Names for ArcubisiteHide

Simplified Chinese:硫铋铜银矿

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.LA.10DervilliteAg2AsS2Mon. 2/m : P2/b
2.LA.30Fettelite[Ag6As2S7][Ag10HgAs2S8] Mon. 2 : B2
2.LA.45MgriiteCu3AsSe3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
2.LA.50Benleonardite[Ag6(Sb,As)2S6Te][Ag9Cu(S,Te)2Te2]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

5.2.1SmithiteAgAsS2Mon. 2/m
5.2.3ProustiteAg3AsS3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.2.4XanthoconiteAg3AsS3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
5.2.5Pearceite[Ag9CuS4][(Ag,Cu)6(As,Sb)2S7]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.6Pearceite-T2acTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
5.2.7Argentotennantite-(Zn)Ag6(Cu4Zn2)As4S12SIso. 4 3m : I4 3m
5.2.8MiargyriteAgSbS2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
5.2.9PyrargyriteAg3SbS3Trig. 3m : R3c
5.2.10PyrostilpniteAg3SbS3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.2.11StephaniteAg5SbS4Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
5.2.12Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.2.13BillingsleyiteAg7AsS6Iso. 2 3 : P21 3
5.2.14Polybasite-TacTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.15Freibergite Subgroup([Ag6]4+,(Ag,Cu)6)((Cu,Ag)4$c2+2)Sb4S12S0-1Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
5.2.16AramayoiteAg3Sb2(Bi,Sb)S6Tric. 1 : P1
5.2.17MatilditeAgBiS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.19PavoniteAgBi3S5Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.2.21BohdanowicziteAgBiSe2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
5.2.23Benleonardite[Ag6(Sb,As)2S6Te][Ag9Cu(S,Te)2Te2]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1

Other InformationHide

The mineral is etched by FeCl3, HgCl2, KCN solutions and
by HNO3 and HCl, but not by KOH solution
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 ArcubisiteHide

Reference List:
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Karup-Møller, S. (1976) Arcubisite and mineral B — two new minerals from the cryolite deposit at Ivigtut, South Greenland. Lithos: 9: 253–257.
Fleischer, M., Cabri, L.J., Chao, G.Y., Pabst, A. (1978) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 63: 424-427.

Internet Links for ArcubisiteHide

Localities for ArcubisiteHide

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.
  • Jilin
    • Jilin
      • Panshi City
Xiang Chi (1999): Mineral Resources and Geology 13(4), 204-207
Greenland (TL)
  • Sermersooq
    • Arsuk Fjord
Karup-Møller, S. (1976) Arcubisite and mineral B — two new minerals from the cryolite deposit at Ivigtut, South Greenland. Lithos: 9: 253–257.; Petersen, O.V. and Secher, K. (1993) The minerals of Greenland. The Mineralogical Record: 24(2): 1-65 (36).
  • South Khorasan Province
    • Nehbandan County
Karimpour, M.H., Zaw, K., and Huston, D.L. (2005): Journal of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran 16(2), 153-168.
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
    • Trento Province (Trentino)
      • Predazzo
Frizzo, P., Peruzzo, L., Dellantonio, E. (2010): The copper-wolfram deposit of Bedovina (Trento, Italy). Geo.Alp, 7, 55-70. []
  • Republic of Karelia
    • Pitkyarantsky District
Ivashchenko, V. I., Valkama, M., Sundblad, K., Golubev, A. I., & Alekseev, V. Y. (2011, September). New data on mineralogy and metallogeny of scarns in the Pitkyaranta ore region. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 440, No. 1, p. 1307). SP MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Banská Štiavnica District
    • Žarnovica District
      • Hodruša-Hámre
        • Hodruša-Hámre (Hodritsch) mines
Chovan, M., Kubač, A., Mikuš, T., Žitňan, P. & Prcúch, J. (2019) Au-Ag tellurides and sulphosalts from epithermal Au-Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu deposit Banská Hodruša at the Rozália mine (Slovakia). Acta Geologica Slovaca, 11, 2, in press.
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