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Schmitterite

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Formula:
(UO2)(TeO3)
Colour:
Colourless to pale yellow
Lustre:
Pearly
Hardness:
1
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after Eduardo Schmitter Villada, Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology, Mexico City.
Structurally related to Moctezumite.


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Classification of SchmitteriteHide

Approved
4.JK.70

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
K : Tellurites without additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:
34.1.7.1
34.1.6.1

34 : SELENITES, TELLURITES AND SULFITES
1 : A(XO3)
28.3.19

28 : Selenites, Selenates, Tellurites, and Tellurates
3 : Tellurites

Physical Properties of SchmitteriteHide

Pearly
Colour:
Colourless to pale yellow
Hardness:

Chemical Properties of SchmitteriteHide

Formula:
(UO2)(TeO3)
IMA Formula:
(UO2)Te4+O3

Crystallography of SchmitteriteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.86 Å, b = 10.08 Å, c = 5.36 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.78 : 1 : 0.532
Unit Cell V:
424.67 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of SchmitteriteHide

Synonyms of SchmitteriteHide

Other Language Names for SchmitteriteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Emmonsite14 photos of Schmitterite associated with Emmonsite on mindat.org.
Moctezumite3 photos of Schmitterite associated with Moctezumite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Schmitterite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JK.05WinstanleyiteTiTe4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
4.JK.05Walfordite(Fe3+,Te6+)Te4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
4.JK.10SpiroffiteMn2+2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
4.JK.10ZincospiroffiteZn2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m
4.JK.15BalyakiniteCu(TeO3)Orth.
4.JK.20RajiteCu(Te4+2O5)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JK.25CarlfriesiteCaTe4+2Te6+O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
4.JK.30Denningite(Mn2+,Ca,Zn)Te4+2O5Tet.
4.JK.35ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
4.JK.40SmirniteBi2Te4+O5Orth. mm2
4.JK.45Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6Cl
4.JK.50FairbankitePb(TeO3)Tric.
4.JK.55PlumbotelluritePb(TeO3)Orth.
4.JK.60Magnolite(Hg+2)(Te4+O3)Orth. mm2
4.JK.65MoctezumitePb(UO2)(TeO3)2Mon.
4.JK.75Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

28.3.1BalyakiniteCu(TeO3)Orth.
28.3.2RajiteCu(Te4+2O5)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
28.3.3GraemiteCu[TeO3] · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma
28.3.4TeineiteCu2+(Te4+O3) · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
28.3.5CesbroniteCu5(TeO3)2(OH)6 · 2H2OOrth.
28.3.6MroseiteCaTe4+(CO3)O2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
28.3.7QuetzalcoatliteZn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2yTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
28.3.8ZemanniteMg0.5ZnFe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.9KinichiliteMg0.5Mn2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
28.3.10Denningite(Mn2+,Ca,Zn)Te4+2O5Tet.
28.3.11SpiroffiteMn2+2Te4+3O8Mon. 2/m : B2/b
28.3.12WinstanleyiteTiTe4+3O8Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
28.3.13FairbankitePb(TeO3)Tric.
28.3.14PlumbotelluritePb(TeO3)Orth.
28.3.15Choloalite(Cu,Sb)3(Pb,Ca)3(TeO3)6Cl
28.3.16SmirniteBi2Te4+O5Orth. mm2
28.3.17ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
28.3.18Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
28.3.20MoctezumitePb(UO2)(TeO3)2Mon.
28.3.21EmmonsiteFe3+2(TeO3)3 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
28.3.22BlakeiteFe3+2[TeO3]3 (?)
28.3.23MackayiteFe3+(Te4+2O5)(OH)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
28.3.24PoughiteFe3+2(TeO3)2(SO4)(H2O)2 · H2OOrth.
28.3.25SonoraiteFe3+(TeO3)(OH) · H2OMon.
28.3.26RodalquilariteFe2(TeO2OH)3(TeO3)ClTric. 1 : P1
28.3.27EztlitePb2Fe3+6(Te4+O3)3(Te6+O6)(OH)10 · 8H2OMon.
28.3.28KeystoneiteMg0.5Ni2+Fe3+(Te4+O3)3 · 4.5H2OHex.

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 SchmitteriteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1971): 56: 411-415.
Meunier, G., and Galy, J. (1973): Structure cristalline de la schmitterite
synthétique UTeO5. Acta Crystallographica B29, 125l-1255.
Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (1976): 99: 334.
Swihart, G.H., Gupta, P.K.S., Schlemper, E.O., Back, M.E., and Gaines, R.V. (1993): The crystal structure of moctezumite [PbUO2](TeO3)2. American Mineralogist 78, 835-839.
Burns, P.C. (2005): U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

Internet Links for SchmitteriteHide

Localities for SchmitteriteHide

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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.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Ústí Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Dubí (Eichwald)
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 1. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 1)]
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Shinkolobwe
Mexico
 
  • Sonora
    • Mun. de Moctezuma
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Amer.Min.(1971) 56, 411-415
Lapis 2001(1), 11-40
Brent Thorne
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