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About SchalenblendeHide

beige to brown
From the German words "Schale" and "Blende", meaning "shell ore", in allusion to its concentric-layered structure.
A variety of Sphalerite

Compact, fine grained Sphalerite of a mid brown to yellow or cream colour, occurring in concentric layers with reniform surfaces which also may contain intergrown, marcasite, pyrite, galena and possible wurtzite. It is believed to have formed by relatively rapid crystallization of a low temperature sulfide gel (gel: colloidal dispersion).

See "Best Minerals" article on Schalenblende, by Harjo Neutkens:

Physical Properties of SchalenblendeHide

beige to brown

Synonyms of SchalenblendeHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
139 photos of Schalenblende associated with GalenaPbS
85 photos of Schalenblende associated with MarcasiteFeS2
62 photos of Schalenblende associated with CalciteCaCO3
44 photos of Schalenblende associated with SphaleriteZnS
17 photos of Schalenblende associated with StrickblendePbS
13 photos of Schalenblende associated with Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)S
9 photos of Schalenblende associated with BaryteBaSO4
8 photos of Schalenblende associated with PyriteFeS2
4 photos of Schalenblende associated with SmithsoniteZnCO3
3 photos of Schalenblende associated with GratonitePb9As4S15

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 SchalenblendeHide

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Fleet, M.E. (1977c) The birefringence-structural state relation in natural zinc sulfides and its application to the schalenblende from Pribram. Canadian Mineralogist: 15: 303-308.
Mizuhiko Akizuki (1981) Investigation of phase transition of natural ZnS minerals by high resolution electron microscopy. American Mineralogist, Volume 66, pages 1006-1012,

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Localities for SchalenblendeHide

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- 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.
  • Jujuy Province
    • Rinconada Department
      • Mina Pirquitas
Board, W. S., Kennedy, B., & Yeomans, T. (2011). NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Pirquitas Mine.; Coira, B. L., & de Brodtkorb, M. K. (1995) Polymetallic mineralization associated with Cenozoic volcanism in Northern Puna, Argentina. In Pacrim (Vol. 95, pp. 135-140).
  • New South Wales
    • Yancowinna Co.
      • Broken Hill district
        • Broken Hill
R Bottrill collection
  • Western Australia
    • Derby-West Kimberley Shire
      • Fitzroy Crossing
Philip Bluemner Collection; John Keith Warren Richard Kempton (2012) Evaporite Sedimentology and the Origin of Evaporite-Associated Mississippi Valley-type Sulfides in the Cadjebut Mine Area, Lennard Shelf, Canning Basin, Western Australia. in SEPM Special Publication: Basinwide diagenetic patterns: Integrated petrologic, geochemical, and hydrologic considerations, Volume: 57
  • Carinthia
    • Villach-Land District
      • Bad Bleiberg
Martin Rich collection
G. Niedermayr, I. Praetzel: Mineralien Kärntens, 1995
      • Nötsch im Gailtal
        • Kreuth
Fotini Kanaki(1972) Die Minerale Bleibergs (Kärnten)
  • Tyrol
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • Schwaz District
      • Vomp
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
  • Wallonia
    • Liège
      • Chaudfontaine
L. Dejonghe, Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 679-690.
      • Engis
Paul deBondt
      • Kelmis (La Calamine)
Paul De Bondt
      • Lontzen
        • Astenet
P. Bluemner
Schulz, W. (1886): Führer des Berg- und Hütteningenieurs durch die Umgegend von Aachen, Georgi Aachen Herbst, F. (1910): Der technische Betrieb des Erzbergbaus – Der Bergbau auf der linken Seite des Niederrheins II Holzapfel, E. (1910): Die Geologie des Nordabfalls der Eifel mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Gegend von Aachen – Der Bergbau auf der linken Seite des Niederrheins I Klockmann, F. (1910): Die Erzlagerstätten der Gegend von Aachen - Der Bergbau auf der linken Seite des Niederrheins II Dewez, L., Lespineux, G. (1949): Les Minerais Du Sol Belge; Centenaire de l`Association des Ingenieurs sortis de l`Ècole de Liege, Section Geologie. Dr.G de Ruiter; Die ehemaligen Zinkgruben des Altenberger Grubenfeldes der Gesellschaft der Vieille Montagne, 1980, Im Göhltal, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte im Göhltal, no.27, 1980, pag 1-15
Schulz, W. (1886): Führer des Berg- und Hütteningenieurs durch die Umgegend von Aachen, Georgi Aachen
Paul De Bondt collection
Uebags, F. (1971): Die Grube Eschbroich - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 9, December 1971, 4-17
Uebags, F. (1971): Die Grube Lontzen - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 9, 5-14
Uebags, F. (1972): Die Grube Mützhagen - Aus der jüngsten Geschichte des Altenberger Grubenfeldes, Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Kultur, Heimatkunde und Geschichte, Vol. 11, June 1972, 4-17
L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
        • Walhorn
Paul De Bondt collection
      • Plombières (Blieberg; Bleiberg; Bleyberg)
DEJONGHE,L., ET AL. - Atlas des Gisements Plombo-Zincifères du Synclinorium de Verviers, Belgique
Hatert, F., Deliens, M., Fransolet, A.-M., Van Der Meersche, E. (2002) Les minéraux de Belgique. 2ème édition, Muséum des Sciences Naturelles, Bruxelles, Belgium, 304 pages (in French).
      • Wanze
Paul De Bondt collection
Braun, M., (1857): Über die Galmeilagerstätte des Altenberges im Zusammenhang mit den Erzlagerstätten des Altenberger Grubenfeldes un der Umgegend, Zeitschrift d. Dt. Geolog. Gesellschaft, 354-370
Paul De Bondt collection
L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
L. Dejonghe, F. Ladeuze, D.Jans - Atlas des gisements plombo-zinciferes du synclinorium de Verviers - 1993, 483pp
    • Namur
      • Andenne
        • Landenne
Les gisements plombo-zincifères de la région d’Andenne. Par Léon Dejonghe 2010
Paul De Bondt
Harjo Neutkens collection
      • Namur
H. Buttgenbach
Paul De Bondt collection
  • La Paz
    • Pacajes Province
      • Berenguela mining district
Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia. (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)
  • Northwest Territories
Roedder (1968) GEOCHEMISTRY, MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY • SOFIA Roedder, E. 1968. The noncolloidal origin of "colloform" textures in sphalerite ores. Economic Geology,63, 451-471
  • Nunavut
    • Qikiqtaaluk Region
      • Little Cornwallis Island
Van King; Cooper, Michael P.(1997) What’s New in Minerals, Munich Show 1996. Mineralogical Record 28:136
  • Ontario
    • Hamilton
      • West Flamborough Township
        • Dundas Quarry (Redlands Quarry; Lafarge Quarry; Steetley Quarry; Canada Crushed Stone Quarry)
Maggie Wilson
  • Qinghai
    • Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
      • Golmud City (Ge'ermu Co.)
        • Tuotuohe area (Tuotuo river area)
Yucai Song, Zengqian Hou, Tiannan Yang, Shijin Li, Fuchun Wang, Yongwang Gao, Xiugang Gong, Zhusen Yang, Hongrui Zhang, Liansong Li, Guiren Wang, Yuankui Wang, Qun Liu, and Hongda Hao (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 744-756
Czech Republic
  • Central Bohemian Region
Paul De Bondt.
  • Plzeň Region
    • Tachov District
A. Tomek
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Haute-Loire
      • Brioude
        • Mazerat-Aurouze
          • Aurouze
P.G. Pélisson : "Etude Minéralogique et Métallogénique du District Filonien Polytype de Paulhaguet (Haute-Loire, Massif Central Français)", Doctorate Thesis, Orléans, France, 1989
  • Occitanie
    • Gard
      • Le Vigan
        • Montdardier
          • Les Malines District
Pascal Chollet collection
        • Trèves
          • Fournels valley
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    • Hautes-Alpes
      • Gap
        • Orpierre
          • Orpierre mines
BRGM Report 1960
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Freiburg Region
      • Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
        • Badenweiler
          • Badenweiler Pb mining district
            • Sehringen
Philip Bluemner Collection
      • Ortenaukreis
        • Lahr/Schwarzwald
          • Lahr/Schwarzwald
            • Reichenbach
Walenta, K. (1992) Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes und ihre Fundstellan. Christian Weise Verlag, München, 336 pages [in German].
    • Karlsruhe Region
      • Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
        • Weinheim
          • Heiligkreuz
S. Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
        • Wiesloch
Lapis Mineralian Magazin Jg. 10 Nr 12 Dezember 85
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Bavaria
      • Traunstein District
        • Kienberg
Lapis 9(1), 11-14 (1984)
  • Hesse
    • Darmstadt
      • Bergstraße
        • Abtsteinach
          • Mackenheim
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Arnsberg
      • Hochsauerlandkreis
        • Olsberg
G. Gebhard: Ramsbeck Erzbergbau im Sauerland 1987, Bode Verlag
      • Märkischer Kreis
        • Iserlohn
          • Zinc mines
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
        • Plettenberg
Weiss. "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    • Cologne
      • Aachen
        • Stolberg
          • Breinig
Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
          • Büsbach
Leon Hupperichs Collection and collection Leon Hupperichs
          • Mausbach
Aufschluss 90(2), 111-130
collection Leon Hupperichs
R. Lang pers. finds
    • Niederberg area
      • Wülfrath
        • Rohdenhaus
Harjo Neutkens collection
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Koblenz
      • Arenberg
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Saxony-Anhalt
    • Harz
      • Harzgerode
Eberhard Riech collection
    • Mansfeld-Südharz
      • Sangerhausen
        • Copper slate deposits
own collection
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirgskreis
      • Wolkenstein
Paul De Bondt collection
    • Mittelsachsen
      • Brand-Erbisdorf
C. Doelter und H. Leitmeier ( 1926 ) Handbuch der Mineralchemie, Band IV, Sringer Verlag Heidelberg, pagina 309.
      • Halsbrücke
P Haas collection
  • Thuringia
    • Nordhausen District
      • Harztor
        • Niedersachswerfen
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • East Macedonia and Thrace
    • Evros
      • Kirki Mines (Kirka)
Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 667-677.
  • Leinster
    • Wicklow County
      • Glendasan
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia
    • Udine Province
      • Tarvisio
        • Cave del Predil
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Tuscany
    • Siena Province
      • Chiusdino
        • Spannocchia
Gruppo Mineralogico A.U.S.E.R. (2011): Il sito minerario di Pentolina (Podere Camporedaldi, Siena). Notizario Gruppo Mineralogico AUSER, Cecina, 8, 29, 1-14
  • Tyrrhenian Sea
    • Southern Tyrrhenian Sea
      • Aeolian Arc seamounts
Tufar, W. (1992) Paragenesis of Complex Massive Sulfide Ores from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geologischen Gesellschaft, 84, 265-300.
  • Veneto
    • Belluno Province
      • Auronzo di Cadore
Tornquist, A. (1932) Einige Erzlagerstätten vom Typus Raibl-Bleiberg in Dolomiten. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse, Abteilung I, 141, 31-38.
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Midelt Province
      • Midelt Cercle
        • Aït Oufella Caïdat
          • Mibladen
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Ebonyi
Akande, S. O., & Mücke, A. (1993). Coexisting copper sulphides and sulphosalts in the Abakaliki Pb-Zn deposit, lower Benue Trough (Nigeria) and their genetic significance. Mineralogy and Petrology, 47(2-4), 183-192.
Pacific Ocean
Lalou, C., Brichet, E., & Lange, J. (1989). Fossil hydrothermal sulfide deposits at the galapagos-spreading-centre near 85-degrees-00 west-geological setting, mineralogy and chronology. Oceanologica acta, 12(1), 1-8.
  • Huancavelica
    • Castrovirreyna Province
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Lesser Poland Voivodeship
    • Olkusz County
      • Gmina Olkusz
David Soler collection; Nejbert, K., Bąbel, M., & Cieślik, B. (2012) Mineralogy and Genesis of the Powder-like Sphalerite (Brunckite) Veins from the Olkusz Mine, Upper Silesia, Poland. Mineralogica-Petrographica, 94, 92. Abstract Series, Szeged, Vol. 7
Coppola, V., Boni, M., Gilg, A., and Strzelska-Smakowska, B. (2009): Mineralium Deposita 44, 559-580.
  • Lower Silesian Voivodeship
    • Świdnica County
      • Gmina Świdnica
        • Bystrzyca Górna
          • Mount Widna
Madziarz (2008) Tereny dawnych robót górniczych w Bystrzycy Górnej, Modliszewie i Dziećmorowicach w świetle danych archiwalnych i badań współczesnych
  • Silesian Voivodeship
    • Bytom City County
P Haas collection; Eligiusz Szełęg collection
    • Tarnowskie Góry County
      • Tarnowskie Góry
Eligiusz Szełęg collection
    • Wodzisław County
      • Rydułtowy
Roemer, C.F. (1870) Geologie von Oberschlesien: Erläuterungen + 50 Tafeln [Geology of Upper Silesia: Explanations + 50 panels]. Druck von R. Nischkowsky, Breslau, 587 pages.
• Aleksander Rečnik (2010) Minerals of the lead and zinc ore deposit Mežica. Bode Vlg. & Jožef Stefan Institute. Ljubljana: 112 pp.
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Asturias
    • Corvera de Asturias
      • Solís
José Rafael González López collection
  • Basque Country
    • Guipúzcoa (Gipuzkoa)
      • Mutiloa
Fernández-Martínez, J., & Velasco, F. (1996). The Troya Zn-Pb carbonate-hosted sedex deposit, northern Spain. Carbonate-hosted lead-zinc deposits: Society of Economic Geologists Special, 4, 364-377.
  • Cantabria
    • Reocín
Philip Bluemner Collection; Velasco, F., Herrero, J. M., Yusta, I., Alonso, J. A., Seebold, I., & Leach, D. (2003). Geology and geochemistry of the Reocín zinc-lead deposit, Basque-Cantabrian basin, Northern Spain. Economic Geology, 98(7), 1371-1396.
    • Sierra de Arnero
- García, Gonzalo; Palero, Fernando J.; Rabadán, José; Hedrosa, Mariano (2007) Las minas de La Florida. Bocamina (20)
        • Rionansa (Herrerías)
  • El Akhouat
Mseddi, H., Ben Mammou, A. (2014) Contamination assessment of Remir and Siliana stream sediments by El Akhouat mine discharges (Siliana basin, North-western of Tunisia). Geo-Eco-Trop, 38(2), 305-316 [in French].
  • Kef
    • Sakiet Sidi Youssef (Saqiyat Sidi Yusuf)
Amer.Min.(1969) 54, 1-13
    • Sers
Philip Bluemner Collection[showUid]=1448&tx_commerce_pi1[catUid]=41&cHash=883b49492d
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Tywardreath and Par
Paul De Bondt collection
    • Devon
      • West Devon
        • Bere Ferrers
          • Bere Alston Mines
            • East Tamar Consols
Grguric, B.A., and Nickel, E.H. (2006): UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 27, 39-40
    • Gloucestershire
      • South Gloucestershire
        • Sodbury
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Lviv Oblast
Wyczynski, J. (1887) Ueber das Schwefelvorkommen bei Truskawiec. Verhandlungen der k. k. geologischen Reichsanstalt. No.13, Bericht vom 15. October 1887
  • Colorado
    • Eagle Co.
      • Gilman Mining District (Battle Mountain Mining District; Red Cliff Mining District)
        • Gilman
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
  • Illinois
    • Jo Daviess Co.
      • Galena Mining District
        • Galena
Ex Charles Noll collection
  • Indiana
    • Jasper Co.
      • Pleasant Ridge
Philip Blumner collection
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex County
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Wisconsin
    • Lafayette Co.
      • Upper Mississippi Valley Mining District
Paul De Bondt collection
    • Racine Co.
      • Racine
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