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About ReineriteHide

Originally Blue to Yellow Green; also colorless to white
5 - 5½
Crystal System:
Named in 1958 by Bruno H. Geier and K. Weber in honor of Willy Reiner [1895–1965], Senior Chemist, Tsumeb Corporation, Tsumeb, Namibia, who analyzed the type material.
A synthetic polymorph has been reported by Harrison (2010).

Classification of ReineriteHide

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

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
A : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites; without additional anions, without H2O

1 : Miscellaneous

Physical Properties of ReineriteHide

Originally Blue to Yellow Green; also colorless to white
5 - 5½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of ReineriteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.740 nβ = 1.790 nγ = 1.820
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.080
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
r > v moderate

Chemical Properties of ReineriteHide


Crystallography of ReineriteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.09 Å, b = 14.4 Å, c = 7.8 Å
a:b:c = 0.423 : 1 : 0.542
Unit Cell V:
684.03 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

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IDSpeciesReferenceLinkYearLocalityPressure (GPa)Temp (K)
0000602ReineriteGhose S, Boving P, LaChapelle W A, Wan C (1977) Reinerite, Zn3(AsO3)2: an arsenite with a novel type of Zn-tetrahedral double chain American Mineralogist 62 1129-113419770293
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Type Occurrence of ReineriteHide

Other Language Names for ReineriteHide

Simplified Chinese:砷锌矿

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
4 photos of Reinerite associated with GermaniteCu13Fe2Ge2S16
1 photo of Reinerite associated with LeiteiteZn(As2O4)
1 photo of Reinerite associated with SmithsoniteZnCO3
1 photo of Reinerite associated with GalliteCuGaS2
1 photo of Reinerite associated with ChalcociteCu2S

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JA.05LeiteiteZn(As2O4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JA.15KaribibiteFe3+3(As3+O2)4(As3+2O5)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.JA.20SchafarzikiteFe2+Sb3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.20TrippkeiteCu2+As3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.25ApuaniteFe2+Fe3+4Sb3+4O12STet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.35SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe3+3As3+5O13Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.45LudlockitePbFe3+4As3+10O22Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.50PaulmooreitePb2[As2O5]Mon. 2/m : P21/b

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 ReineriteHide

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Bruno H. Geier and K. Weber. Reinerit, Zn3(AsO3)2, ein neues Mineral der Tsumeb Mine, Sudwestafrika. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh.1958, No. 7-8, 160-167 .
American Mineralogist (1959): 44: 207.
American Mineralogist (1977): 62: 1129-1134.
Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1983): 119.
Harrison, W.T.A. (2010): beta-Zn3(AsO3)2. Acta Crystallogr., C66, i64-i66.

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Localities for ReineriteHide

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.
  • Tibet
    • Qamdo Prefecture (Changdu Prefecture)
      • Karuo District
Yingchao Liu, Zengqian Hou, Yushuai Yu, Shihong Tian, Yulong Li, and Zhusen Yang (2013): Acta Petrologica Sinica 29(4), 1407-1426
  • Lower Saxony
    • Goslar District
      • Langelsheim
        • Grane Reservoir
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1991): Mineralogische Notizen V. Aufschluss 42, 155-171.
Namibia (TL)
  • Oshikoto Region
    • Tsumeb
B. H. Geier and K. Weber. Reinerit, Zn3(AsO3)2, ein neues Mineral der Tsumeb Mine, Sudwestafrika. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., Monatsh.1958, No. 7-8, 160-167
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex County
Earl Verbeek
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Earl Verbeek
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