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About RaspiteHide

Charles Rasp
Pale yellow, yellowish brown, gray, colorless
2½ - 3
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Member of:
Named after Mr. Charles Rasp (1846-1907), German-Australian prospector, and discoverer of the Broken Hill deposit.
Dimorph of:
The monoclinic dimorph of stolzite. Heating of raspite to 395(5)°C leads to a transformation into stolzite.

A rare secondary mineral occurring in the oxidized zones of tungsten-bearing hydrothermal base metal deposits.

An unusual Te-rich variety is described by Andrade et al. (2014).

Classification of RaspiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
D : Metal: Oxygen = 1:2 and similar
G : With large (+- medium-sized) cations; chains of edge-sharing octahedra

1 : AXO4

27 : Sulphites, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
4 : Tungstates

Physical Properties of RaspiteHide

Pale yellow, yellowish brown, gray, colorless
2½ - 3 on Mohs scale
Perfect {100}
8.46 g/cm3 (Measured)    8.45 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of RaspiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 2.270 nβ = 2.270 nγ = 2.300
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.030
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
relatively strong

Chemical Properties of RaspiteHide


Crystallography of RaspiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 13.555 Å, b = 4.976 Å, c = 5.561 Å
β = 107.63°
a:b:c = 2.724 : 1 : 1.118
Unit Cell V:
357.47 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals typically tabular, flattened on {100}, which is striated parallel [010], and somewhat elongated parallel [010]; also elongated [100] or thin tabular {101}.
Common on {100}; also on {102}.

Crystallographic forms of RaspiteHide

Crystal Atlas:
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Raspite no.1 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Raspite no.2 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Raspite no.4 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
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Edge Lines | Miller Indices | Axes

Opaque | Translucent | Transparent

Along a-axis | Along b-axis | Along c-axis | Start rotation | Stop rotation

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.619 Å(55)
3.593 Å(20)
3.478 Å(20)
3.224 Å(100)
2.760 Å(60)
2.705 Å(55)
1.812 Å(25)

Geological EnvironmentHide

Geological Setting:
Secondary oxidation zone of tungsten containing ores.

Type Occurrence of RaspiteHide

Other Language Names for RaspiteHide

Simplified Chinese:斜钨铅矿

Relationship of Raspite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
PowelliteCa(MoO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a
ScheeliteCa(WO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a
StolzitePb(WO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a
WulfenitePb(MoO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
51 photos of Raspite associated with StolzitePb(WO4)
19 photos of Raspite associated with Alunite SupergroupAD3(XO4)2(OH)6
7 photos of Raspite associated with Cuprian Scheelite(Ca,Cu)WO4
4 photos of Raspite associated with CarminitePbFe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2
3 photos of Raspite associated with StrengiteFePO4 · 2H2O
3 photos of Raspite associated with Mimetite-Pyromorphite Series
2 photos of Raspite associated with CuprotungstiteCu2(WO4)(OH)2
2 photos of Raspite associated with Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
2 photos of Raspite associated with Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
2 photos of Raspite associated with PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.DG.05Euxenite-(Y)(Y,Ca,Ce,U,Th)(Nb,Ta,Ti)2O6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.DG.05Fersmite(Ca,Ce,Na)(Nb,Ta,Ti)2(O,OH,F)6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcn
4.DG.05Kobeite-(Y)(REE,Fe,U)3 Zr(Ti,Nb)3 O12Iso.
4.DG.05Loranskite-(Y)(Y,Ce,Ca)ZrTaO6 (?)
4.DG.05Polycrase-(Y)Y(Ti,Nb)2(O,OH)6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.DG.05Tanteuxenite-(Y)Y(Ta,Nb,Ti)2(O,OH)6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcn
4.DG.05Uranopolycrase(U4+,Y)(Ti,Nb)2O6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcn
4.DG.10Fergusonite-(Y)-βYNbO4Mon. 2/m
4.DG.15FoorditeSn2+(Nb,Ta)2O6Mon. 2/m : B2/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

27.4.1CuprotungstiteCu2(WO4)(OH)2Tet. 4 2 2 : P41 21 2
27.4.2ScheeliteCa(WO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a
27.4.4AnthoiniteAlWO3(OH)3Tric. 1
27.4.5MpororoiteWAlO3(OH)3 · 2(H2O)Tric.
27.4.6Yttrotungstite-(Y)YW2O6(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/m
27.4.7Yttrotungstite-(Ce)(Ce,Nd,Y)W2O6(OH)3Mon. 2 : P21
27.4.8StolzitePb(WO4)Tet. 4/m : I41/a
27.4.12Uranotungstite(Fe2+,Ba,Pb)(UO2)2(WO4)(OH)4 · 12H2OOrth.
27.4.13HübneriteMnWO4Mon. 2/m : P2/b
27.4.14FerberiteFeWO4Mon. 2/m : P2/b
27.4.15Wolframite(Fe2+)WO4to (Mn2+)WO4Mon. 2/m : P2/b
27.4.16FerritungstiteIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
27.4.17Phyllotungstite(H2O,M)x(W,Fe)(O,OH)3 · yH2O (M = Ca, Cs, Pb or K)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc

Other InformationHide

Thermal Behaviour:
Inverts to Stolzite above 410°C.
Decomposed by HCl with separation of yellow tungstic acid.
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 RaspiteHide

Reference List:
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Hlawatsch, C. (1897): Ueber den Stolzit und ein neues Mineral »Raspit von Brokenhill. Annalen des kaiserlich-königlichen naturhistorischen Hofmuseums 12, 33-41. [http://www.landesmuseum.at/pdf_frei_remote/ANNA_12_0033-0041.pdf]
Hlawatsch (1898) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 29: 137.
Hlawatsch (1899) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 31: 8.
Hussak (1903) Centralblatt für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paleontologie, Stuttgart: 723.
Hlawatsch (1905) Centralblatt für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paleontologie, Stuttgart: 423.
Hlawatsch (1907) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 42: 587.
Jaeger and Germs (1921) Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie, Hamburg, Leipzig: 119: 145.
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 125.
Jung (1931) Jb. Min., Beil.-Bd.: 64A: 197.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 1089-1090.
Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 29: 137.
Fujita, T., I. Kawada, and K. Kato (1977) Raspite from Broken Hill. Acta Crystallographica: B33, 162–164.
Andrade, M.B., Yang, H., Downs, R.T., Jenkins, R.A., Fay, I. (2014): Te-rich raspite, Pb(W0.56Te0.44)O4, from Tombstone, Arizona, USA: the first natural example of Te6+ substitution for W6+. American Mineralogist, 99, 1507–1510. [includes crystal-structure refinement of also a pure raspite]

Internet Links for RaspiteHide

Localities for RaspiteHide

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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.
  • New South Wales
    • Georgiana Co.
      • Tuena
Brent Thorne; Donald H. McColl (1973) A New Occurrence of Raspite at the Cordillera Mine, New South Wales, Australia. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics Record 1973/152
    • Yancowinna Co.
      • Broken Hill district
[MinRec 7:31, 19:423-424, 19:363] Worner, H.K., Mitchell, R.W., eds. Birch, W.D. (et al) (1982) Minerals of Broken Hill. Australian Mining & Smelting Limited, Melbourne, 259 pages.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 1090.
Annal.Naturhist.Hofmus. Wien (1897) 12, 33-41; Rocks & Min.:62:224-225.
  • Minas Gerais
    • Mariana
Hlawatsch, K. (1905): Der Raspit von Sumidouro, Minas Geraës (Brasilien). Centralbl. Min. Geol. Paläont., 1905, 422–427.; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 1090.
  • Québec
    • Nord-du-Québec
      • Baie-James
        • Otish Mountains
SASSANO, G. & ROCHELEAU, M. (1987) Quelques minéraux d'uranium des Bassin d'Otish et de Mistassini, Québec. Canadian Mineralogist 25, 185-193.
  • Hunan
    • Hengyang
      • Nanyue District
Guangming Yang (1980): Geology and Prospecting 16(7), 35-40
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Allier
      • Vichy
        • Ébreuil
          • Échassières
Pierre Le Roch & Jean-Marc Johannet collections; U. Kolitsch (SXRD-analysis)
Le Règne Minéral, (33), 5-25.
  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
    • Nièvre
      • Larochemillay
Jean-Marc Johannet collection
      • Villapourçon
GOURAULT C. (2011) - Minéralogie de la mine du Prabis ( Villapourcon, Nievre, France) . BOURGOGNE NATURE, n° 13, p. 96-116, 5 fig.
  • Brittany
    • Finistère
      • Laz
Mindat's pics and Philippe SAGET collection. Stolzite, raspite, ferberite and crandallite are in several collections (J.-C. Leydet, P. Leroch', J.-P. Tissier, Ph. Saget...)
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Corrèze
      • Meymac
Ansermet, S., Cuchet, S. & Meisser, N. (2010): Minéralogie de la mine de La grange, Meymac, Corrèze. Le Règne Minéral, 91: 23-31
  • Occitanie
    • Aveyron
      • Compolibat
Gayraud, L., Gineste, C., Bernadi, G. & Johannet, J.-M. (2011) - Bleys et Puech de Compolibat: deux localités minéralogiques remarquables du massif de leucogranite de La Capelle-Bleys (Aveyron), Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 111(1), 7-23; Mills et al. (2012) AM, 97, 415–418
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Freiburg Region
      • Ortenaukreis
        • Oberwolfach
Walenta, K. (1992): Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, 336 pp. (in German)
  • Kyoto Prefecture
    • Kameoka City
Fujiwara, T. (1977) Chigaku Kenkyu, 28, 279-283.
  • Chihuahua
    • Aquiles Serdán Municipality
      • Santa Eulalia Mining District
        • East Camp
Megaw, P.K.M., 1990b, Geology and geochemistry of the Santa Eulalia mining district, Chihuahua, Mexico.: Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of Arizona, 549 p
  • Guanajuato
    • Guanajuato Municipality
      • Guanajuato
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 1090.
  • Erongo Region
    • Karibib
Rocks & Minerals (2010) 85:272-275; JAHN, St.; SCHNAITMANN, E.A.; NIEDERMAYR, G. (2010): Spektakuläre Neufunde aus dem Erongo (IV). - MINERALIEN-Welt (5), 60-66.
  • Viana do Castelo
    • Ponte de Lima
      • Estorãos
Hydrothermal tungstates from Serra de Arga, Northern Portugal - Relation to Be mineralization. VIII CIGEOQ. 2011 C. Leal Gomes, P. Alves, P. Dias, R. Alves, G. Verduzco
C. Leal Gomes, P. Alves, P. Dias, R. Alves, G. Verduzco (2011)Hydrothermal tungstates from Serra de Arga, Northern Portugal - Relation to Be mineralization. VIII CIGEOQ. 2011
  • Kigali City Province
    • Kigali
Dewaele, S., De Clercq, F., Hulsbosch, N., Piessens, K., Boyce, A., Burgess, R., & Muchez, P. (2016). Genesis of the vein-type tungsten mineralization at Nyakabingo (Rwanda) in the Karagwe–Ankole belt, Central Africa. Mineralium Deposita, 51(2), 283-307.
  • Northern Province
    • Cyeru Commune
      • Gifurwe sector
J. W. Anthony et al.: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. 3 (1997), 17
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Calstock
        • Gunnislake
David P. Clough Collection. Collected 14 June 2013. Natural History Museum (London) identification 12 July 2013.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise County
      • Carr Canyon
"The Accidental Pocket" talk presented by Robert E. Walstrom at 2012 NCMA meeting.
      • Contention-Grand Central Mine group
Tony Kampf identification 2011; Te-variety; Bruce J. Murphy collection
  • New Mexico
    • Sierra Co.
      • Hillsboro District
        • Hillsboro
Jerry Cone Collection
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