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beige to brown
From German words "Schale" and "Blende", meaning "shell ore", in allusion to its concentric-layered structure
A Mixture Of:
Compact Sphalerite and Wurtzite masses of a pale brown colour, occurring in concentric layers with reniform surfaces which also may contain pyrite and galena. It is believed to have formed by crystallization of a sulfide gel (gel: colloidal dispersion).

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

Classification of Schalenblende

Physical Properties of Schalenblende

Diaphaneity (Transparency):
beige to brown

Other Information

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 Schalenblende

Reference List:
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 Schalenblende

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.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
  • New South Wales
    • Yancowinna Co.
      • 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
    • Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen
      • Bleiberg District
        • Bad Bleiberg
Martin Rich collection
G. Niedermayr, I. Praetzel: Mineralien Kärntens, 1995
        • Kreuth
Fotini Kanaki(1972) Die Minerale Bleibergs (Kärnten)
  • Tyrol
    • North Tyrol
      • Karwendel Mts
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
  • Liège Province
    • Chaudfontaine
L. Dejonghe, Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 679-690.
    • Engis
Paul deBondt
    • Huy
Paul De Bondt collection
    • Verviers
      • Plombières-Vieille Montagne-Moresnet (Plombières-Altenberg-Moresnet) mining district
        • 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
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 Province
    • 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 Department
    • Pacajes Province
      • Berenguela 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
    • Little Cornwallis Island
Van King; Cooper, Michael P.(1997) What’s New in Minerals, Munich Show 1996. Mineralogical Record 28:136
  • Ontario
    • Wentworth Co.
      • West Flamborough Township
        • Dundas Quarry (Redland; Quarry; Lafarge Quarry; Steetly Quarry; Steetley Quarry; Canada Crushed Stone Quarry)
Maggie Wilson
  • Qinghai Province
    • Haixi Autonomous Prefecture
      • Golmud Co. (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
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Central Bohemia Region
Paul De Bondt.
    • Plzeň Region
      • Tachov
A. Tomek
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Haute-Loire
      • Paulhaguet
        • 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
      • Saint-Laurent-le-Minier
        • Les Malines District
Pascal Chollet collection
      • Trèves
        • Fournels valley
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Badenweiler
        • Badenweiler Pb mining District
          • Sehringen
Philip Bluemner Collection
      • Lahr
        • Reichenbach
K. Walenta: "Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes", Weise (Munich), 1992
    • Odenwald
      • Weinheim
        • Heiligkreuz
S. Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
    • Wiesloch
Lapis Mineralian Magazin Jg. 10 Nr 12 Dezember 85
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Bavaria
      • Bad Reichenhall
        • Inzell
          • Kienberg
Lapis 9(1), 11-14 (1984)
  • Hesse
    • Odenwald
      • Abtsteinach
        • Mackenheim
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • 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
    • Sauerland
      • Iserlohn
        • Zinc mines
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
      • Meschede
        • Ramsbeck
G. Gebhard: Ramsbeck Erzbergbau im Sauerland 1987, Bode Verlag
      • Plettenberg
Weiss. "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Lahn valley
      • Bad Ems District
        • Koblenz-Arenberg
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Saxony-Anhalt
    • Harz
      • Harzgerode mining district
Eberhard Riech collection
    • Sangerhausen
      • Copper slate deposits
own collection
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
      • Freiberg District
        • Halsbrücke
P Haas collection
      • Marienberg District
        • Wolkenstein
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Thuringia
    • Harz
      • Nordhausen
        • Niedersachswerfen
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Thraki Department (Thrace; Thracia)
    • Évros Prefecture
      • Kirki Mines (Kirka)
Bull. Minéral. , 1985, 108, pp. 667-677.
  • 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
    • Aeolian Arc seamounts
Werner Tufar (1992) Paragenesis of Complex Massive Sulfide Ores from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mitt, österr. geol. Ges 84:265-300
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Midelt Province
      • Upper Moulouya lead district
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Ebonyi State
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.
  • Huancavelica Department
    • Castrovirreyna Province
Paul De Bondt collection
  • Małopolskie
    • Olkusz District
      • Olkusz
David Soler collection
Coppola, V., Boni, M., Gilg, A., and Strzelska-Smakowska, B. (2009): Mineralium Deposita 44, 559-580.
  • Upper Silesia (Śląskie)
    • Bytom District (Beuthen)
P Haas collection; Eligiusz Szełęg collection
    • Tarnowskie Góry (Tarnowitz)
Eligiusz Szełęg collection
• Aleksander Rečnik (2010) Minerals of the lead and zinc ore deposit Mežica. Bode Vlg. & Jožef Stefan Institute. Ljubljana: 112 pp.
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Cantabria
    • Reocín
Philip Bluemner Collection
    • Sierra de Arnero
- García, Gonzalo; Palero, Fernando J.; Rabadán, José; Hedrosa, Mariano (2007) Las minas de La Florida. Bocamina (20)
        • Rionansa (Herrerías)
  • Al Kåf Governorate (El Kef; Le 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
      • St Austell District
        • Tywardreath
Paul De Bondt collection
    • Devon
      • Tavistock District
        • Bere Ferrers (Beer Ferris)
          • Bere Alston (Beeralstone; incl. Bere Alston Mines; Old Beer Mines; Tamar Silver-Lead Mines)
            • East Tamar Consols
Grguric, B.A., and Nickel, E.H. (2006): UK Journal of Mines and Minerals 27, 39-40
  • Colorado
    • Eagle Co.
      • Gilman District (Battle Mountain District; Red Cliff District)
        • Gilman
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Philip Bluemner Collection
  • Wisconsin
    • Racine Co.
      • Racine
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