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Crystal System:
Named in 2016 by K. Rempel and C.J. Stanley after the city of Kalgoorlie, Australia. Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the mining town immediately adjacent to the Golden Mile Mines / Superpit, the type locality of the mineral.
Known synthetic analogue (which has thermoelectric applications). Compare orpiment and laphamite: although chemical analogues and monoclinic, these are not isostructural with kalgoorlieite.

Kalgoorlieite is the fourth oxygen-free As-Te mineral after benleonardite, debattistiite, and törnroosite.

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Classification of KalgoorlieiteHide

Approval Year:

Chemical Properties of KalgoorlieiteHide


Crystallography of KalgoorlieiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 14.3573(9) Å, b = 4.0199(2) Å, c = 9,8990(7) Å
β = 95.107(5)°
a:b:c = 3.572 : 1 : 2.239
Unit Cell V:
517.37 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.025 (100)
3.009 (99)
2.330 (46)
2.269 (40)
2.001 (59)
1.979 (52)
1.674 (35)
1.634 (28)

Type Occurrence of KalgoorlieiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
collections of the Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia (catalogue number WAMM2.2015)

Synonyms of KalgoorlieiteHide

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 KalgoorlieiteHide

Reference List:
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Carron, G.J. (1963) The crystal structure and powder data for arsenic telluride. Acta Crystallographica: 16: 338-343.
Kanishcheva, A.S., Mikhailov, Y.N., Chernov, A.P. (1982) The crystal structure of arsenic telluride As2Te3. Izvestiya Akademii Nauk SSSR: 1982(6): 949-952.
Stergiou, A.C., Rentzeperis, P.J. (1985) Hydrothermal growth and the crystal structure of arsenic telluride, As2Te3. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 172: 139-145.
Morin, C., Corallini, S., Carreaud, J., Vaney, J.B., Delaizir, G., Crivello, J.C., Lopes, E.B., Piarristeguy, A., Monnier, J., Candolfi, C., Nassif, V., Cuello, G.J., Pradel, A., Goncalves, A.P., Lenoir, B., Alleno, E. (2015) Polymorphism in thermoelectric As2Te3. Inorganic Chemistry: 54: 9936-9947.
Rempel, K., Stanley, C.J. (2016) Kalgoorlieite, IMA 2015-119. CNMNC Newsletter No. 30, April 2016, page 412; Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 407–413

Internet Links for KalgoorlieiteHide

Localities for KalgoorlieiteHide

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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.
Australia (TL)
  • Western Australia
    • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire
      • Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Rempel, K., Stanley, C.J. (2016): Kalgoorlieite, IMA 2015-119. CNMNC Newsletter No. 30, April 2016, page 412; Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 407–413
  • Hokkaidō
    • Sapporo
田中崇裕・濱根大輔: "北海道手稲鉱山産 kalgoorlieite."
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