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Seleniferous Famatinite

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Lead grey, brassy
4 - 4½
A variety of Famatinite

A selenium-bearing variety of famatinite with up to 23.89% (w/w) of selenium.

Liu et al. (2000) discern seleniferous famatinite (in Chinese: 含硒诀硫锑铜矿, translating as selenium-bearing famatinite) with selenium substituting for less than 20 mol-% of sulphur, and selenium-rich famatinite (in Chinese: 硒诀硫锑铜矿, translating as seleno-famatinite) with selenium substituting for 20 or more mol-% of sulphur. Electron microprobe analyses of samples from the Qiongmo gold deposit show 6.11-9.57% (w/w) of selenium for "selenium-bearing famatinite" and 15.31-23.89% (w/w) of selenium for "seleno-famatinite".

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Physical Properties of Seleniferous FamatiniteHide

Lead grey, brassy
4 - 4½ on Mohs scale
VHN50=235 - 260 kg/mm2 - Vickers
Hardness Data:
Measured VHN hardness corresponds to a Mohs hardness of 4.2

Chemical Properties of Seleniferous FamatiniteHide


Other Language Names for Seleniferous FamatiniteHide

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 Seleniferous FamatiniteHide

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Jiajun Liu, Jianming Liu, Wenquan Lu, Xianfan Liu, and Hongfei Ling (2000): Selenium concentration and characteristics of famatinite from Qiongmo gold deposit, western Qinling mountains. Geological Journal of China Universities 6(2), 210-214 (in Chinese with English abstract).

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Localities for Seleniferous FamatiniteHide

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- 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.
  • Sichuan
    • Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture (Aba Autonomous Prefecture)
      • Zoigê Co. (Ruo'ergai Co.)
Jiajun Liu, Jianming Liu, Wenquan Lu, Xianfan Liu, and Hongfei Ling (2000): Geological Journal of China Universities 6(2), 210-214
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