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Potosíite

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Formula:
Pb6Sn3FeSb3S16
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
Crystal System:
Triclinic
Name:
Named after Potosi, Bolivia.
A variety of Franckeite

A Sn(II)-poor variety franckeite; originally thought to be a separate species.
See also incaite.

Originally reported from Andacaba deposit, Linares Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia.


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Classification of PotosíiteHide

Discredited
2.HF.25b

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
H : Sulfosalts of SnS archetype
F : With SnS and PbS archetype structure units
3.1.4.4

3 : SULFOSALTS
1 : ø > 4
6.1.21

6 : Sulphosalts - Sulphostannates, Sulphogermanates,Sulpharsenates, Sulphantimonates, Sulphovanadates and Sulphohalides
1 : Sulphostannates and other sulfides containing Sn

Physical Properties of PotosíiteHide

Metallic
Transparency:
Opaque
Hardness:
2½ on Mohs scale

Chemical Properties of PotosíiteHide

Formula:
Pb6Sn3FeSb3S16
Common Impurities:
Ag,In

Crystallography of PotosíiteHide

Crystal System:
Triclinic

Synonyms of PotosíiteHide

Other Language Names for PotosíiteHide

German:Potosiit
Japanese:ポトシ鉱
Spanish:Potosiita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Franckeite216 photos of Potosíite associated with Franckeite on mindat.org.
Galena15 photos of Potosíite associated with Galena on mindat.org.
Cervantite14 photos of Potosíite associated with Cervantite on mindat.org.
Boulangerite13 photos of Potosíite associated with Boulangerite on mindat.org.
Jamesonite12 photos of Potosíite associated with Jamesonite on mindat.org.
Arsenopyrite7 photos of Potosíite associated with Arsenopyrite on mindat.org.
Cylindrite1 photo of Potosíite associated with Cylindrite on mindat.org.
Incaite1 photo of Potosíite associated with Incaite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.HF.20VrbaiteHg3Tl4As8Sb2S20Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmca
2.HF.25aCylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
2.HF.25bFranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
2.HF.25bIncaite(Pb,Ag)4Sn4FeSb2S15Mon.
2.HF.25aLévyclauditePb8Sn7Cu3(Bi,Sb)3S28
2.HF.25bCoiraite(Pb,Sn)12.5Sn5FeAs3S28Mon.
2.HF.25aAbramovitePb2SnInBiS7Tric. 1 : P1
2.HF.30Lengenbachite Ag4Cu2Pb18As12S39Tric.

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

3.1.4.1CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
3.1.4.2FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
3.1.4.3Incaite(Pb,Ag)4Sn4FeSb2S15Mon.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

6.1.1KuramiteCu3SnS4Tet.
6.1.2MohiteCu2SnS3Mon.
6.1.3VelikiteCu2HgSnS4Tet.
6.1.4HemusiteCu6SnMoS8Iso.
6.1.5KiddcreekiteCu6SnWS8Iso. 4 3m : F4 3m
6.1.6StanniteCu2FeSnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.7RhodostanniteCu2FeSn3S8Tet. 4/m : I41/a
6.1.8MawsoniteCu6Fe2SnS8Tet. 4 2m : P4m2
6.1.9ChatkaliteCu6FeSn2S8Tet. 4 2m : P4m2
6.1.10FerrokësteriteCu2(Fe,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.11KësteriteCu2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.12StannoiditeCu+6Cu2+2(Fe2+,Zn)3Sn2S12Orth.
6.1.13ČernýiteCu2(Cd,Zn,Fe)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.14VincienniteCu+7Cu2+3Fe2+2Fe3+2Sn(As,Sb)S16Tet.
6.1.15PirquitasiteAg2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
6.1.16HocartiteAg2(Fe2+,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
6.1.17Teallite(Pb,Sn)SnS2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
6.1.18FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
6.1.19LévyclauditePb8Sn7Cu3(Bi,Sb)3S28
6.1.20CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14Tric. 1 : P1
6.1.22Sakuraiite(Cu,Zn,Fe)3(In,Sn)S4 Iso.
6.1.23Petrukite(Cu,Fe,Zn,Ag)3(Sn,In)S4Orth.
6.1.24Incaite(Pb,Ag)4Sn4FeSb2S15Mon.

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 PotosíiteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1983): 68: 1249-1250.
Canadian Mineralogist (186): 24: 45.
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): the IMA CNMNC Sulfosalt Subcommittee. Revision of sulfosalt definition and nomenclature. A review of sulfosalts systematics. European Journal of Mineralogy, 20, 7-46.

Internet Links for PotosíiteHide

Localities for PotosíiteHide

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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.
Argentina
 
  • Jujuy
    • Rinconada Department
      • Pirquitas Ag-Sn Deposit
Amer.Min.(2000) 85, 1066-1075
Bolivia
 
  • Oruro Department
    • Cercado Province
      • Oruro City
Alfredo Petrov collection; Excalibur Mineral Co. SEM-EDS analysis
  • Potosí Department
    • José María Linares Province
苣木浅彦, & 北風嵐. (1988). Tin-bearing minerals from Bolivian polymetallic deposits and their mineralization stages. 鉱山地質, 38(211), 419-435.
    • Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province)
      • Llallagua
Hyrsl, J. & A. Petrov (2006): Famous Mineral Localities: Llallagua, Bolivia. Mineralogical Record. 37: 117-162
Canada
 
  • British Columbia
    • Liard Mining Division
      • Turnagain River area
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990; Kissin, S.A. & Owens, D.R. (1989): The relatives of stannite in the light of new data. Canadian Mineralogist 27, 673-688.
Japan
 
  • Kyushu Region
    • Oita Prefecture
      • Bungo-Ohno City
Shimizu, M. et al. (1992) "Potosiite and incaite from the Hoei Mine, Japan", Mineralogy and Petrology, 46, 2, 155-161
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