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Crystal System:
Named for the Tambo Mine, Chile, where it was discovered.
Closely related to metatamboite, which is a monohydrate equivalent of tamboite; chemically somewhat similar to poughite. The hydroxytellurate group in tamboite and metatamboite seems to be unique among minerals.

The structure is determined.

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Classification of TamboiteHide

Approved, Pending publication
Approval Year:

Chemical Properties of TamboiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of TamboiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 16.979(1) Å, b = 7.310(4) Å, c = 16.666(9) Å
β = 108.86(1)°
a:b:c = 2.323 : 1 : 2.28
Unit Cell V:
1,957.47 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:

Type Occurrence of TamboiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Mineralogical collections of the Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada (catalogue number M57171)

Synonyms of TamboiteHide

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 TamboiteHide

Reference List:
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Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., Abdu, Y.A., Walford, P.C., Back, M.E. (2016) Tamboite, IMA 2016-059. CNMNC Newsletter No. 33, October 2016, page 1142; Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 1135–1144.

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Localities for TamboiteHide

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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.
Chile (TL)
  • Coquimbo
    • Elqui Province
      • El Indio deposit
        • Tambo Mine
: Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., Abdu, Y.A., Walford, P.C. and Back, M.E. (2016) Metatamboite, IMA 2016-060. CNMNC Newsletter No. 33, October 2016, page 1142; Mineralogical Magazine, 80, 1135–1144.
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