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About ThorneiteHide

Brent Thorne
lemon yellow, yellow-orange
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Mr. Brent Thorne, American pharmacist (chemist), systematic mineral collector/micromounter of Bountiful, Utah, USA, who collected studied material.
This page provides mineralogical data about Thorneite.

Classification of ThorneiteHide

Approval Year:

3 : Compound Selenates and Tellurates

Physical Properties of ThorneiteHide

lemon yellow, yellow-orange
Fresh material is bright lemon-yellow; darkens to yellow-orange on exposure.

Chemical Properties of ThorneiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of ThorneiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 21.305(1) Å, b = 11.059(1) Å, c = 7.564(1) Å
β = 101.112(4)°
a:b:c = 1.926 : 1 : 0.684
Unit Cell V:
1,748.76 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
10.43 (55)
3.733 (27)
3.595 (33)
3.351 (66)
3.224 (100)
3.093 (30)
2.900 (44)
2.133 (38)

Type Occurrence of ThorneiteHide

Synonyms of ThorneiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Khinite9 photos of Thorneite associated with Khinite on mindat.org.
Gold1 photo of Thorneite associated with Gold on mindat.org.
Eckhardite1 photo of Thorneite associated with Eckhardite on mindat.org.
Quartz1 photo of Thorneite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Hessite1 photo of Thorneite associated with Hessite on mindat.org.
Burckhardtite1 photo of Thorneite associated with Burckhardtite on mindat.org.

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 ThorneiteHide

Reference List:
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IMA Approvals - July 2009.
A. R. Kampf, R. M. Housley, and J. Marty (2010), Lead-tellurium oxysalts from Otto Mountain near Baker, California: III. Thorneite, Pb6(Te26+O10)(CO3)Cl2(H2O), the first mineral with edge-sharing octahedral tellurate dimers, American Mineralogist, October 1, 2010: 95(10): 1548-1553.

Internet Links for ThorneiteHide

Localities for ThorneiteHide

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.
  • California
    • San Bernardino Co.
      • Silver Lake District
        • Soda Mts
          • Baker
            • Otto Mountain
EDS confirmed by Robert Housley. Crystals extremely small.
A. R. Kampf, R. M. Housley, and J. Marty (2010), Lead-tellurium oxysalts from Otto Mountain near Baker, California: III. Thorneite, Pb6(Te26+O10)(CO3)Cl2(H2O), the first mineral with edge-sharing octahedral tellurate dimers American Mineralogist, October 1, 2010; 95(10): 1548-1553.
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne.
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