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Bezsmertnovite

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About BezsmertnoviteHide

Formula:
(Au,Ag)4Cu(Te,Pb)
Colour:
Yellow
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
Specific Gravity:
16.3 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named in 1979 by E. M. Spiridonov and T. N. Chvileva in honor of Dr. Marianna Sergeevna Bezsmertnaya [1915-1991] and Valdimir Vasilevich Bezsmertny [1912 - ], Russian mineralogists.
This page provides mineralogical data about Bezsmertnovite.


Classification of BezsmertnoviteHide

Approved
2.BA.80

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
B : Metal Sulfides, M: S > 1: 1 (mainly 2: 1)
A : With Cu, Ag, Au
2.1.5.1

2 : SULFIDES
1 : AmXp, with m:p > 3:1
3.3.11

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
3 : Sulphides etc. of Au

Physical Properties of BezsmertnoviteHide

Metallic
Transparency:
Opaque
Colour:
Yellow
Hardness:
4½ on Mohs scale
Hardness:
VHN20=353 kg/mm2 - Vickers
Density:
16.3 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of BezsmertnoviteHide

Type:
Anisotropic
Anisotropism:
Weak in neutral grey shades
Reflectivity:
420nmR=15.1%
440nmR=15.1%
460nmR=15.7%
480nmR=17.5%
500nmR=21.2%
520nmR=29.0%
540nmR=37.5%
560nmR=45.6%
580nmR=52.4%
600nmR=55.7%
620nmR=57.4%
640nmR=58.3%
660nmR=58.7%
680nmR=58.6%
700nmR=58.2%

Reflectance graph
Graph shows reflectance levels at different wavelengths (in nm). Top of box is 100%. Peak reflectance is 58.7%.
Colour in reflected light:
Bright orange-yellow

Chemical Properties of BezsmertnoviteHide

Formula:
(Au,Ag)4Cu(Te,Pb)
Common Impurities:
Ag,Fe

Crystallography of BezsmertnoviteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.036 Å, b = 4.025 Å, c = 4.061 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.003 : 1 : 1.009
Unit Cell V:
65.97 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Tabular or irregular grains to 0.2 mm

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.30 (70)
2.61 (80)
2.33 (100)
1.744 (85)
1.405 (40)
1.144 (40)
1.073 (40)
Comments:
Aginsk gold telluride deposit, Kamchatka, Far Eastern Region, Russia.

Type Occurrence of BezsmertnoviteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
As tabular or irregular grains, up to 0.2 x 0.05 mm.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Rare Elements, Moscow; A.E. Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 79408.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Cementation zone of volcanogenic gold telluride deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of BezsmertnoviteHide

Other Language Names for BezsmertnoviteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.BA.AlburniteAg8GeTe2S4Iso.
2.BA.DzierżanowskiteCaCu2S2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
2.BA.05ChalcociteCu2SMon. 2/m : P21/b
2.BA.05DjurleiteCu31S16Mon. 2/m
2.BA.05GeeriteCu8S5Trig. 3
2.BA.05RoxbyiteCu9S5Tric. 1 : P1
2.BA.10AniliteCu7S4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.BA.10DigeniteCu9S5Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
2.BA.15BorniteCu5FeS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
2.BA.20BellidoiteCu2SeTet. 4/m : P42/n
2.BA.20BerzelianiteCu2SeIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
2.BA.25AthabascaiteCu5Se4Orth.
2.BA.25UmangiteCu3Se2Tet.
2.BA.30RickarditeCu7Te5Orth.
2.BA.30WeissiteCu2-xTeHex.
2.BA.35AcanthiteAg2SMon. 2/m : P21/m
2.BA.40MckinstryiteAg5-xCu3+xS4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
2.BA.40StromeyeriteAgCuSOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
2.BA.40dUM2003-13-S:AgAuCuAg6AuCu2S5
2.BA.45JalpaiteAg3CuS2Tet.
2.BA.45SelenojalpaiteAg3CuSe2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
2.BA.50EucairiteAgCuSeOrth.
2.BA.55AguilariteAg4SeSMon. 2/m
2.BA.55NaumanniteAg2SeOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
2.BA.60CervelleiteAg4TeSMon. 2/m
2.BA.60HessiteAg2TeMon. 2/m : P21/b
2.BA.60ChenguodaiteAg9Fe3+Te2S4Orth.
2.BA.65Henryite(Cu,Ag)3+xTe2 , with x ~ 0.40 Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3c
2.BA.65StütziteAg5-xTe3, x = 0.24-0.36Hex. 6 : P6
2.BA.70ArgyroditeAg8GeS6Orth. mm2 : Pna21
2.BA.70CanfielditeAg8SnS6Orth. mm2
2.BA.70Putzite(Cu4.7Ag3.3)GeS6Iso. 4 3m : F4 3m
2.BA.75FischesseriteAg3AuSe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
2.BA.75Penzhinite(Ag,Cu)4Au(S,Se)4Hex.
2.BA.75PetrovskaiteAuAg(S,Se)Mon.
2.BA.75PetziteAg3AuTe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
2.BA.75UytenbogaardtiteAg3AuS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
2.BA.80BilibinskitePbCu2Au3Te2Iso.
2.BA.80Bogdanovite(Au,Te,Pb)3(Cu,Fe)Iso.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

3.3.1CalaveriteAuTe2Mon.
3.3.2KrenneriteAu3AgTe8Orth. mm2 : Pma2
3.3.3KostoviteCuAuTe4Orth.
3.3.4UytenbogaardtiteAg3AuS2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
3.3.5FischesseriteAg3AuSe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
3.3.6PetrovskaiteAuAg(S,Se)Mon.
3.3.7PetziteAg3AuTe2Iso. 4 3 2 : I41 3 2
3.3.8MuthmanniteAuAgTe2Mon. 2/m : P2/m
3.3.9Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4Mon. 2/m : P2/b
3.3.10Penzhinite(Ag,Cu)4Au(S,Se)4Hex.
3.3.12BilibinskitePbCu2Au3Te2Iso.
3.3.13Bogdanovite(Au,Te,Pb)3(Cu,Fe)Iso.
3.3.14Montbrayite(Au,Ag,Sb,Bi,Pb)23(Te,Sb,Bi,Pb)38Tric.

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 BezsmertnoviteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist: 66: 878.
Spiridonov, E.M. and Chvileva, T.N. (1979): Bezsmertnovite, Au4Cu(Te, Pb); a new mineral from the zone of oxidation of deposits of the Far East. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, 249(1), 185-189 (in Russian).
Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, Earth Science Sections: 249: 131-134.
Bochek, L.I., Malinovskiy, Y.A., Sandomirskaya, S.M. and Chuvikina, N.G. (1982): Bilibinskite and bezsmertnovite, new hybrid minerals of the intermetallic compound-oxide type rather than intermetallic compounds of gold. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, 266(5), 1255-1259 (in Russian).
Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, Earth Science Sections: 266: 145-148.

Internet Links for BezsmertnoviteHide

Localities for BezsmertnoviteHide

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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.
China
 
  • Shandong Province
    • Linyi Prefecture
      • Pingyi Co.
        • Tongshi complex
Jiansheng Qiu, Dezi Wang, Qijiang Ren, and Shugui Niu (1994): Geology and Prospecting 30(1), 7-12; Changfu Chen, Yanbing Li, and Mingxia Jiang (1999): Geological Science and Technology Information 18(1), 60-66; Handong Qian, Wu Chen, Jin Huang, and Jiadong Xie (2000): Geological Journal of China Universities 6(2), 220-224
Deping Zhu, Chao Yu, Yong Lian, Zhongchen Yang, and Kekun Qi (2001): Gold 22(8), 11-14
Kazakhstan
 
  • East Kazakhstan
    • Kurchumskiy District
Глоба В.А. Месторождение Манка - новый геолого-промышленный тип месторождений золота. // Изв. НАН РК, Сер. геол. 2006, 5(403), с.20-28.
Republic of Macedonia
 
  • Probistip
    • Kratovo-Zletovo ore District
Serafimovski, T., Zlatkov, G., & Tasev, G. (2015). Calculation of variation and ore-bearing coefficients in the Plavica epithermal polymetallic deposit, Eastern Macedonia. 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference SGEM 2015, 3, 119-127.; Serafimovski, T., Volkov, A. V., Serafimovski, D., Tasev, G., Ivanovski, I., & Murashov, K. Y. (2017). Plavica epithermal Au–Ag–Cu deposit in eastern Macedonia: Geology and 3D model of valuable component distribution in ore. Geology of Ore Deposits, 59(4), 296-304.
Russia (TL)
 
  • Far-Eastern Region
    • Kamchatka Oblast'
      • Central Kamchatka mining district
Extra Lapis English No. 5 Gold; Andreeva, E. D., Matsueda, H., Okrugin, V. M., Takahashi, R., & Ono, S. (2013). Au–Ag–Te Mineralization of the Low‐Sulfidation Epithermal Aginskoe Deposit, Central Kamchatka, Russia. Resource Geology, 63(4), 337-349.; Okrugina, V. and Elena Andreeva (2014) Volcanic-related epithermal deposits in Kamchatka volcanic arc (North-East of Pacific region). in Abstract Volume IAGR Conference Series No. 20, pp.107–109
USA
 
  • Utah
    • Utah Co.
      • East Tintic Mts
        • East Tintic District
SEM EDS confirmed by Rob Bowell.
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