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Named for August F.W. Partz, assayer and mineralogist, who first recognized the mineral as a silver ore.
Originally described by Arents (1867). Thought to be possibly identical with Cuproroméite.
Discredited by IMA in 2016 (Proposal 16-B). Reinvestigation of the type material shows that it is constituted by a mixture of several phases, which include a member of the plumboroméite group and a chrysocolla-like amorphous phase.

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Classification of PartziteHide

Approval history:
Status IMA 2009: Grandfathered (first described prior to 1959)
Atencio et al. (2010): Proposed as discarded.
Christy & Atencio (2013): Questionable
Discredited by IMA in 2016 (Proposal 16-B)

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 PartziteHide

Reference List:
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Christy, A.G. and Atencio, D. (2013) Clarification of status of species in the pyrochlore supergroup. Mineralogical Magazine: 77: 13-20.
Mills, S.J., Christy, A.G., Rumsey, M.S., and Spratt, J. (2016) Discreditation of partzite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 1019-1024.

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Localities for PartziteHide

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.
  • Salzburg
    • Tamsweg District
      • Muhr (Murwinkel)
        • Rotgülden
Putz (2004)
  • Aosta Valley
    • Chamois
Erik Vercammen field observation and collection
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