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Salesite

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Formula:
Cu(IO3)(OH)
Colour:
Bluish-green; bluish green in transmitted light
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
3
Specific Gravity:
4.72 - 4.82
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after Reno H. Sales (1876-1969), Chief Geologist, Anaconda Copper Company, Chile.
This page provides mineralogical data about Salesite.


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Classification of SalesiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
4.KB.05

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
K : Iodates: Trigonal [IO3] pyramids (mostly).
B : Iodates with additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:
22.1.1.1
22.1.1.1

22 : IODATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
1 : Miscellaneous
29.1

29 : Iodates

Physical Properties of SalesiteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
Bluish-green; bluish green in transmitted light
Hardness:
Cleavage:
Perfect
on {101}
Density:
4.72 - 4.82 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.888 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of SalesiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.786 nβ = 2.070 nγ = 2.075
2V:
Calculated: 12°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.289
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
extreme
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
X = Colourless
Y = Light bluish green
Z = Bluish green

Chemical Properties of SalesiteHide

Formula:
Cu(IO3)(OH)

Crystallography of SalesiteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pnma
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.794 Å, b = 6.708 Å, c = 4.781 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.609 : 1 : 0.713
Unit Cell V:
346.17 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Crystals stout prismatic [001] with pyramidal terminations.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Type Occurrence of SalesiteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Oxidized zone of copper deposit in an arid climate.

Other Language Names for SalesiteHide

German:Salesit
Spanish:Salesita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gypsum5 photos of Salesite associated with Gypsum on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.KB.10SchwartzembergitePb5H2(IO2)O4Cl3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
4.KB.15SeeligeritePb3(IO3)OCl3Orth. mm2 : Cmm2

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

29.2BellingeriteCu3(IO3)6 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
29.3LautariteCa(IO3)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
29.4BrüggeniteCa(IO3)2 · H2OMon.
29.5DietzeiteCa2(IO3)2(CrO4) · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
29.6SeeligeritePb3(IO3)OCl3Orth. mm2 : Cmm2
29.7SchwartzembergitePb5H2(IO2)O4Cl3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
29.8HectorfloresiteNa9(SO4)4(IO3)Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Fluorescence of SalesiteHide

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Insoluble in water. Readily soluble in HNO3.
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 SalesiteHide

Reference List:
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Palache, C. and Jarrell (1939) American Mineralogist: 24: 388-392.
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: 315-316.
American Mineralogist (1978): 63: 172-179.

Internet Links for SalesiteHide

Localities for SalesiteHide

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.
Chile (TL)
 
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
American Mineralogist (1939): 24: 388-392.
    • El Loa Province
      • Calama
        • Chuquicamata District
American Mineralogist (1939): 24: 388-392; 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: 316; O'Donoghue, 1976 -
Mineral and/or Locality  
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