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About QueititeHide

Clive Queit
Pale yellow, colourless.
Specific Gravity:
6.07 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named after Clive S. Queit, mineral dealer, who collected the first specimens. AT the time he lived in Tsumeb, Namibia, but later moved to South Africa.
This page provides mineralogical data about Queitite.

Classification of QueititeHide

Approval Year:

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
B : Sorosilicates
F : Sorosilicates with mixed SiO4 and Si2O7 groups; cations in tetrahedral [4] and greater coordination

58 : SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
1 : Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [4] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n=1, 2)

17 : Silicates Containing other Anions
10 : Silicates with sulphate, molybdate or tungstate

Physical Properties of QueititeHide

Pale yellow, colourless.
{010} and {001}, observed in traces
6.07 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of QueititeHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.899(4) nβ = 1.901 nγ = 1.903(4)
Measured: 90° , Calculated: 88°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.004
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
r < v extreme

Chemical Properties of QueititeHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of QueititeHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2 - Sphenoidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.362(2) Å, b = 5.266(1) Å, c = 12.655(3) Å
β = 108.16(2)°
a:b:c = 2.158 : 1 : 2.403
Unit Cell V:
719.46 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
On {100} and {001}.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.18 Å(100)
1.635 Å(80)
1.490 Å(60)
1.486 Å(60)
3.77 Å(50)
3.59 Å(50)
2.99 Å(50)

Type Occurrence of QueititeHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Crystals tabular and elongated to 1.5cm
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, NM03; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 117115; National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA, 143780, 147463.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Partially oxidised ore
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of QueititeHide

Other Language Names for QueititeHide


Varieties of QueititeHide

Ca-bearing QueititeA calcian variety of queitite observed as chalky white replacing alamosite; spherulitic nodules.
Originally reported from Lucky Cuss Mine (Escondido Mine; McCann Mine; Wedge Mine), Tombstone, Tombstone District, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Queitite associated with CalciteCaCO3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.BF.10SamfowleriteCa28Mn6Zn4(Be,Zn)4Be12[(OH)3(SiO4)3(Si2O7)2]4Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

17.10.1NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2OIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.10.2PitiglianoiteNa6K2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · 2H2OHex.
17.10.3Vishnevite(Na,K)8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,CO3) · 2H2OHex. 6 : P63
17.10.4Haüyne(Na,K)3(Ca,Na)(Al3Si3O12)(SO4,S,Cl)Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.10.7Tuscanite(K(Ca,Na)6(Si,Al)10O22[SO4,CO3,(OH)2] · H2OMon.
17.10.9Delhayelite(Na,K)10Ca5Al6Si32O80(Cl2,F2,SO4)3 · 18H2OOrth.
17.10.10HydrodelhayeliteKCa2AlSi7O17(OH)2 · 6H2OOrth.
17.10.11Davyne(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(Cl2,SO4)2Hex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.12Afghanite(Na,K)22Ca10(Si24Al24O96)(SO4)6Cl6Trig. 3m : P3 1c
17.10.13Franzinite(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)2 · 0.5H2OHex.
17.10.16Chessexite(Na,K)4Ca2(Mg,Zn)3Al8(SO4)10(SiO4)2 · 40H2OOrth.
17.10.17InneliteNa2CaBa4Ti3(Si2O7)2(SO4)2O4Tric. 1 : P1
17.10.18ThaumasiteCa3(SO4)[Si(OH)6](CO3) · 12H2OHex. 6 : P63
17.10.20ChlorellestaditeCa5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5ClHex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.21HydroxylellestaditeCa5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5(OH)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mcm
17.10.23MattheddleitePb5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5(Cl,OH)Hex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.25RoeblingitePb2Ca6Mn2+(Si3O9)2(SO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
17.10.26YoshimuraiteBa2Mn2Ti(Si2O7)(PO4)O(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
17.10.28Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2](SO4)3 · 0.5H2OHex.
17.10.30WeliniteMn2+6(W6+,Mg)2(SiO4)2(O,OH)6Trig. 3 : P3

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 QueititeHide

Reference List:
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Keller P, Dunn P J, Hess H (1979) Queitite, Pb4Zn2[SO4|SiO4|Si2O7], a new mineral from Tsumeb, South West Africa. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte 1979, 203-209
Fleischer M, Burns R G, Cabri L J, Chao G Y, Hogarth D D, Pabst A (1979) New mineral names. American Mineralogist (1979): 64: 1331.
Fleischer M, Cabri L J, Pabst A (1980) New mineral names. American Mineralogist (1980): 65: 407.
Hess H, Keller P (1980) Die kristallstruktur von queitit, Pb4Zn2[SO4|SiO4|Si2O7]. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 151, 287-299
Povarennykh A S, Keller P, Kristiansen R (1982) Infrared absorption spectra of swedenborgite and queitite. The Canadian Mineralogist 20, 601-603

Internet Links for QueititeHide

Localities for QueititeHide

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.
Namibia (TL)
  • Oshikoto Region
    • Tsumeb
[Neues Jahrb.Min.,Mh.(1979) 203-209; Nickel & Nichols, 1991 - "Mineral Reference Manual", p174]
  • England
    • Cumbria
      • Allerdale
        • Caldbeck
          • Roughton Gill
Braithwaite, R.S.W., Cooper, M.P., and Hart, A.D. (1989) Queitite, a mineral new to Britain, from the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria. Mineralogical Magazine, 53(372), 508-509.; Cooper, M.P. and Stanley, C.J. (1990) Minerals of the English Lake District: Caldbeck Fells. Natural History Museum Publications, London, 160 pp. (referring to Braithwaite et al., 1989).; Jackson, B. (1990) Queitite, a first Scottish occurrence. Scottish Journal of Geology, 26(1), 57-58.; Cooper, M.P. and Stanley, C.J. (1991) Famous mineral localities: Pyromorphite group minerals from the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. Mineralogical Record, 22(2), 105-121.; Bridges, T.F., Green, D.I., Rumsey, M.S., and Leppington, C.M. (2008) A review of the mineralisation at Red Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. Journal of the Russell Society, 11, 29-47.
Cooper, M.P. and Stanley, C.J. (1990) Minerals of the English Lake District: Caldbeck Fells. Natural History Museum Publications, London, 160 pp.; Cooper, M.P. and Stanley, C.J. (1991) Famous Mineral Localities: Pyromorphite Group Minerals from the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. Mineralogical Record, 22(2), 105-121.
  • Scotland
    • South Lanarkshire
      • Leadhills
Jackson, B. (1990). Queitite, a first Scottish occurrence. Scottish Journal of Geology, 26(1), 57-58.
  • Wales
    • Ceredigion
      • Cwmrheidol
        • Ystumtuen
Mason, J.S. & Green, D.I., 1995. Supergene minerals including exceptional ramsbeckite from Penrhiw Mine, Ystumtuen, Dyfed. UK Journal of Mines & Minerals, 15, 21-27.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise County
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 104, 242.
    • Pinal Co.
      • Mammoth Mining District
        • Tiger
          • St. Anthony deposit
Robert O. Meyer collection number L10-3
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