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Crystal System:
Member of:
Zn analogue of briartite.

Unique combination of elements - the only approved Cu-Zn-Ge mineral.

The phase of the above composition, apparently from Kipushi mine, was codified as UM1965-10-S:CuFeGeZn.

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Classification of ZincobriartiteHide

Approved, Pending publication
Approval Year:

Chemical Properties of ZincobriartiteHide


Crystallography of ZincobriartiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4 2m - Scalenohedral
Space Group:
I4 2m
I4 2m
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.3433(4) Å, c = 10.5350(11) Å
a:c = 1 : 1.972
Unit Cell V:
300.78 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:

Type Occurrence of ZincobriartiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Mineralogical collections of the Natural History Museum,Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom (catalogue number BM 1967,271)

Synonyms of ZincobriartiteHide

Relationship of Zincobriartite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
ČernýiteCu2(Cd,Zn,Fe)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
FamatiniteCu3SbS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
FerrokësteriteCu2(Fe,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 : I4
HocartiteAg2(Fe2+,Zn)SnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
Kësterite Cu2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
KeutschiteCu2AgAsS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
LuzoniteCu3AsS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
OmariniiteCu8Fe2ZnGe2S12Orth. 2 2 2 : I2 2 2
PirquitasiteAg2ZnSnS4Tet. 4 : I4
StanniteCu2FeSnS4Tet. 4 2m : I4 2m
Unnamed (Cu-Zn-In Sulphide)CuZn2InS4

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 ZincobriartiteHide

Reference List:
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McDonald, A.M., Stanley, C.J., Ross, K.C., Nestola, F. (2016) Zincobriartite, IMA 2015-094. CNMNC Newsletter No. 29, February 2016, 203. Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 199–205.
Franotte, J., Moreau, J., Levy, C. (1965): La briartite, Cu2(Fe,Zn)GeS4, une nouvelle espece minerale. Bull. Soc. Franc. Mineral.: 88: 432-437; in: Fleischer, M. (1966): New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 51: 1815-1820 (UM1965-10-S:CuFeGeZn) (?)
Smith, D.G.W., Nickel, E.H. (2007): A System of Codification for Unnamed Minerals: Report of the SubCommittee for Unnamed Minerals of the IMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification. Canadian Mineralogist: 45: 983-1055; http://nrmima.nrm.se/Valid2009_03.pdf (2016) (UM1965-10-S:CuFeGeZn)

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Localities for ZincobriartiteHide

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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.
DR Congo (TL)
  • Haut-Katanga
    • Kipushi
McDonald, A.M., Stanley, C.J., Ross, K.C., Nestola, F. (2016) Zincobriartite, IMA 2015-094. CNMNC Newsletter No. 29, February 2016, 203. Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 199–205.
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