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Smirnite

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About SmirniteHide

Formula:
Bi2Te4+O5
Colour:
Colourless, gray, light yellow
Hardness:
3½ - 4
Specific Gravity:
7.78
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named after Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov (January 31, 1910-1988), chief of economic minerals studies in the geology department, Moscow State University, a specialist in ore deposit geology.
This page provides mineralogical data about Smirnite.


Classification of SmirniteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1982
4.JK.40

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.:
34.1.9.1
34.1.8.1

34 : SELENITES, TELLURITES AND SULFITES
1 : A(XO3)
28.3.16

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

Physical Properties of SmirniteHide

Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Colourless, gray, light yellow
Comment:
Darkens on exposure to sunlight
Hardness:
3½ - 4 on Mohs scale
Hardness:
VHN20=142 - 227 kg/mm2 - Vickers
Comment:
Great anisotropy
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Perfect
Perfect on {010}
Distinct in other directions
Density:
7.78 g/cm3 (Measured)    7.72 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of SmirniteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 2.350 nβ = 2.360 nγ = 2.460
2V:
Measured: 35° to 40°, Calculated: 38°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.110
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
none

Chemical Properties of SmirniteHide

Formula:
Bi2Te4+O5
IMA Formula:
Bi3+2Te4+O5

Crystallography of SmirniteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mm2 - Pyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 16.447(19) Å, b = 5.513(3) Å, c = 11.579(15) Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 2.983 : 1 : 2.1
Unit Cell V:
1,049.89 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
8
Morphology:
Crystals tabular to 2mm, aggregates and incrustations.

Type Occurrence of SmirniteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
A E Fernsman Museum, Moscow, Russia 82767

Synonyms of SmirniteHide

Other Language Names for SmirniteHide

German:Smirnit
Spanish:Smirnita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Tsumoite1 photo of Smirnite associated with Tsumoite 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.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.70Schmitterite(UO2)(TeO3)Orth.
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)
28.3.5CesbroniteCu2+3Te6+O4(OH)4Orth.
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
28.3.17ChekhovichiteBi2Te4+4O11Mon. 2/m
28.3.18Cliffordite(UO2)Te4+3O7Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
28.3.19Schmitterite(UO2)(TeO3)Orth.
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
28.3.27EztlitePb2+2Fe3+3(Te4+ O3)3(SO4)O2ClMon.
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 SmirniteHide

Reference List:
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Spiridonov, E. M., & Demina, L. (1984). Smirnite--Bi sub 2 TeO sub 5, a new mineral. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, 278(1), 199-202.
American Mineralogist (1985): 70: 876-877.

Internet Links for SmirniteHide

Localities for SmirniteHide

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.
Armenia (TL)
 
  • Gelark'unik' Province (Geghark'unik')
    • Vardenis
DAN-SSSR,(1984) 278, 199-202; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Georgia
 
  • Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti Region
    • Svaneti District
Kekelia, S., Kekelia, M., Gagnidze, N., Popkhadze, N., Mshvenieradze, I., Lobzhanidze, K., & Kharazishvili, G. (2017). Svaneti Gold Occurence (Kirar-Abakuri Ore Knot) and its Genesis. Bull. Georg. Natl. Acad. Sci, 11(2).
Kazakhstan
 
  • Akmola
    • Stepnyak
      • Aksu (Aqsu)
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Poland
 
  • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
    • Czarnów
      • Rędziny
Pieczka, A., Gołębiowska, B., & Parafiniuk, J. (2011). Gold in sulfide-telluride assemblages at Rędziny, Rudawy Janowickie Range. Gold in Poland, AM Monograph, (2), 119-134.
Russia
 
  • Far-Eastern Region
    • Chukotskii Autonomous Okrug
      • Okhotsk-Chukotka belt
Sidorov, V. A., Volkov, A. V., Wolfson, A. A., & Sidorov, A. A. (2007, November). Au-Bi-Te mineralization of the Kontaktovyi stock in Northeast Russia. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 417, No. 1, pp. 1164-1168). Nauka/Interperiodica.
  • Urals Region
    • Middle Urals
      • Sverdlovskaya Oblast'
        • Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk)
Pavel M. Kartashov data
Spain
 
  • Andalusia
    • Málaga
      • Estepona
Romero Silva,JC; Martos J; Navarro Garcia,JM (2012). La Mina Conchita de Estepona (Malaga). un raro yacimiento de metales complejos en Sierra Bermeja. Edita Anuario de Estudios sobre Ronda y la Serrania Takurunna nº2; año 2012 pag.9.
Ukraine
 
  • Zakarpats'ka Oblast' (Transcarpathian Oblasť; Zakarpattia)
    • Mukachivskyi Raion
      • Il'kivtsy
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
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