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Resinous, Greasy
Specific Gravity:
2.235 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named for type locality - Colima Volcano, Mexico.
This page provides mineralogical data about Colimaite.

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Classification of ColimaiteHide

Approval Year:

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
F : Sulfides of arsenic, alkalies; sulfides with halide, oxide, hydroxide, H2O
B : With alkalies (without Cl, etc.)

Physical Properties of ColimaiteHide

Resinous, Greasy
yellow green
None Observed
2.235 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of ColimaiteHide


Crystallography of ColimaiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.138 Å, b = 10.627 Å, c = 9.131 Å
a:b:c = 0.86 : 1 : 0.859
Unit Cell V:
886.71 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Determined from powder diffraction

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.464 (77)
3.237 (57)
3.229 (66)
2.926 (70)
2.890 (52)
2.799 (100)
2.787 (75)
2.676 (80)

Type Occurrence of ColimaiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
micro-sized needles (10–100 µm in size)
Geological Setting of Type Material:
High temperature fumaroles (450-600C)

Synonyms of ColimaiteHide

Other Language Names for ColimaiteHide


Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.FB.05CaswellsilveriteNaCrS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
2.FB.05SchöllhorniteNa0.3CrS2 · H2OTrig.
2.FB.05CronusiteCa0.2CrS2 · 2 H2OTrig. 3m : R3m
2.FB.10ChvilevaiteNa(Cu,Fe,Zn)2S4Trig. 3m : R3m
2.FB.15Orickite2CuFeS2 · H2OHex.
2.FB.20RasvumiteKFe2S3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
2.FB.20PautoviteCsFe2S3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm

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 ColimaiteHide

Reference List:
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Ostrooumov, M., Arellano-Jimenez, M., Ponce, A., Taran, Y., Reyes-Gasga, J. (2008): La colimaíta, K3VS4, un nuevo mineral del volcán Colima (México). Boletín de Mineralogía, 18(1), 7-8.
Ostrooumov, M., Taran, Y., Arellano-Jiménez, M., Ponce, A., & Reyes-Gasga, J. (2009). Colimaite, K3VS4-a new potassium-vanadium sulfide mineral from the Colima volcano, State of Colima (Mexico). Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 26(3), 600-608.
Ostrooumov, M. (2011): Colimaite, a new mineral found in the Colima volcano. Ciencia (Mexico City) 62(2), 40-43.

Internet Links for ColimaiteHide

Localities for ColimaiteHide

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.
Mexico (TL)
  • Jalisco
    • Colima volcanic complex
Ostrooumov, M., Taran, Y., Arellano-Jiménez, M., Ponce, A., & Reyes-Gasga, J. (2009). Colimaite, K3VS4-a new potassium-vanadium sulfide mineral from the Colima volcano, State of Colima (Mexico). Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 26(3), 600-608.; Ostrooumov, M. and Taran, Y. (2015): Discovery of Native Vanadium, a New Mineral from the Colima Volcano, State of Colima (Mexico). Revista de la Sociedad Española de Mineralogía, 20, 109-110.
Mineral and/or Locality  
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