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About PlumbotelluriteHide

Gray, brown to yellow-brown
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named for the composition, including lead (plumbo) and tellurium.
Dimorph of:

Three polymorphs of Pb(TeO3) are known as synthetic compounds (Weil et al., 2018).

Classification of PlumbotelluriteHide


4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
K : Tellurites without additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:

1 : A(XO3)

28 : Selenites, Selenates, Tellurites, and Tellurates
3 : Tellurites

Physical Properties of PlumbotelluriteHide

Gray, brown to yellow-brown
VHN100=30 - 42 - Vickers
None Observed
7.2 g/cm3 (Measured)    7.16 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of PlumbotelluriteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 2.190 nβ = 2.230 nγ = 2.350
Measured: 50° , Calculated: 64°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.160
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
relatively strong
Colour in reflected light:
gray to brownish gray

Chemical Properties of PlumbotelluriteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of PlumbotelluriteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.41 Å, b = 13.72 Å, c = 9.18 Å
a:b:c = 0.613 : 1 : 0.669
Unit Cell V:
1,059.24 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of PlumbotelluriteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Replacement rims and pseudomorphs of altaite
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of PlumbotelluriteHide

Other Language Names for PlumbotelluriteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JK.05WinstanleyiteTiTe4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
4.JK.05Walfordite(Fe3+,Te6+)Te4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
4.JK.10SpiroffiteMn2+2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
4.JK.10ZincospiroffiteZn2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m
4.JK.20RajiteCu(Te4+2O5)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JK.25CarlfriesiteCaTe4+2Te6+O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
4.JK.35ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
4.JK.40SmirniteBi2Te4+O5Orth. mm2
4.JK.45Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6ClIso. 4 3 2 : P41 3 2
4.JK.50FairbankitePb2+12(Te4+O3)11(SO4)Tric. 1 : P1
4.JK.60Magnolite[Hg2]2+[Te4+O3]Orth. mm2
4.JK.75Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

28.3.2RajiteCu(Te4+2O5)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
28.3.3GraemiteCu[TeO3] · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma
28.3.4TeineiteCu2+(Te4+O3) · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
28.3.5CesbroniteCu2+3Te6+O4(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
28.3.6MroseiteCaTe4+(CO3)O2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
28.3.7QuetzalcoatliteZn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2yTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
28.3.8ZemanniteMg0.5ZnFe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.9KinichiliteMg0.5Mn2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.11SpiroffiteMn2+2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
28.3.12WinstanleyiteTiTe4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
28.3.13FairbankitePb2+12(Te4+O3)11(SO4)Tric. 1 : P1
28.3.15Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6ClIso. 4 3 2 : P41 3 2
28.3.16SmirniteBi2Te4+O5Orth. mm2
28.3.17ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
28.3.18Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
28.3.21EmmonsiteFe3+2(TeO3)3 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
28.3.22BlakeiteFe3+2[TeO3]3 (?)
28.3.23MackayiteFe3+(Te4+2O5)(OH)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
28.3.24PoughiteFe3+2(TeO3)2(SO4)(H2O)2 · H2OOrth.
28.3.25SonoraiteFe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2OMon.
28.3.26RodalquilariteFe2(TeO2OH)3(TeO3)ClTric. 1 : P1
28.3.27EztlitePb2+2Fe3+3(Te4+ O3)3(SO4)O2ClMon. m : Bm
28.3.28KeystoneiteMg0.5Ni2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex.

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 PlumbotelluriteHide

Reference List:
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Spiridonov E M, Tananeyva O I (1982) Plumbotellurite, α-PbTeO3, a new mineral. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 262, 1231-1235
American Mineralogist (1982): 67: 1075.
Anzeiger Österreichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse: K1 Nd. 06: 129.
Weil, W., Shirkhanlou, M., Füglein, E., Libowitzky, E. (2018): Determination of the correct composition of “hydrous lead(II) oxotellurate(IV)” as PbTeO3, crystallizing as a new polymorph. Crystals 8, 51.

Internet Links for PlumbotelluriteHide

Localities for PlumbotelluriteHide

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.
Kazakhstan (TL)
  • Akmola Region
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
  • Sonora
    • Moctezuma Municipality
      • Moctezuma
Braith, H., Gröbner, J., Langer, G., and Seitz, M. (2001) Moctezumas geheime Schätze: Bambolla, Bambollita und San Miguel. Lapis: 26(1): 11-23.; Rewitzer, C. (2001) Bambollita, Bambolla, San Miguel und Candelaria: Untertagefunde und Typmineralien. Lapis: 26(1): 24-40.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise County
      • Contention-Grand Central Mine group
Owen P. Missen, et al, "The discreditation of oboyerite and a note on the crystal structure of plumbotellurite." Mineralogical Magazine (2019), 83, 791-797.
Voting proposal 19-D: Discreditation of oboyerite Proposal 19-D is accepted, and the mineral oboyerite, first described in 1979, is discredited. This substance is formed by at least two distinct phases, including the leadtellurium oxysalt minerals ottoite and plumbotellurite.
  • California
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Silver Lake Mining District
        • Soda Mountains
          • Baker
            • Otto Mountain
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.
  • Nevada
    • Lincoln Co.
      • Delamar Mining District
Hayes, S. M., & Ramos, N. A. (2019) Surficial geochemistry and bioaccessibility of tellurium in semiarid mine tailings. Environmental Chemistry
  • Utah
    • Utah Co.
SEM-EDS analyzed by Dr. Rob Bowell.
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