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About UtahiteHide

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Cu5Zn3(TeO4)4(OH)8 · 7H2O
Light blue, blue-green
Vitreous, Pearly
4 - 5
Specific Gravity:
5.33 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named by Andrew C. Roberts, J.A.R. Stirling, A.J. Criddle, M.C. Jensen, E.A. Moffatt, and W.E. Wilson in 1997 for the state of Utah, U.S.A. that includes the type locality.

Not to be confused with Utahlite, a synonym of Variscite.
This page provides mineralogical data about Utahite.

Classification of UtahiteHide

First Published:

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
D : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, with H2O
E : With only medium-sized cations; unclassified
Dana 7th ed.:

Physical Properties of UtahiteHide

Vitreous, Pearly
Transparent, Translucent
Light blue, blue-green
Pale blue
4 - 5 on Mohs scale
5.33 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of UtahiteHide

RI values:
nα = 1.830 - 1.840 nβ = 1.830 - 1.900 nγ = 1.880 - 1.900
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.050 - 0.060
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of UtahiteHide

Cu5Zn3(TeO4)4(OH)8 · 7H2O
IMA Formula:
Cu5Zn3(Te6+O4)4(OH)8 · 7H2O

Crystallography of UtahiteHide

Crystal System:
Prismatic to thin tabular to bladed crystals, elongated along [001], showing {010} and {001}.

Type Occurrence of UtahiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Parallel to subparallel aggregates, to 0.6 mm, also as sheaves and bowtie like groups.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Canadian Geological Survey, Ottawa, Canada, 67415.
The Natural History Museum, London, England, 1994,99.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of UtahiteHide

Other Language Names for UtahiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Utahite associated with McalpineiteCu3(Te6+O6)
1 photo of Utahite associated with LeisingiteCu2MgTe6+O6 · 6H2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

7.DE.05MangazeiteAl2(SO4)(OH)4 · 3H2OTric.
7.DE.10CarbonatecyanotrichiteCu4Al2(CO3,SO4)(OH)12 · 2H2OOrth.
7.DE.10CyanotrichiteCu4Al2(SO4)(OH)12 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.DE.10UKI-1975-(SO:AlCu)(Cu, Al, SO4, H2O)
7.DE.15SchwertmanniteFe3+16(OH,SO4)12-13O16 · 10-12H2OTet.
7.DE.20TlalociteCu10Zn6(Te6+O4)2(Te4+O3)(OH)25Cl · 27H2OOrth.
7.DE.35CoquanditeSb6+xO8+x(SO4)(OH)x(H2O)1- x (x = 0.3)Tric. 1 : P1
7.DE.40OsakaiteZn4(SO4)(OH)6 · 5H2OTric. 1 : P1
7.DE.45WilcoxiteMgAl(SO4)2F · 17H2OTric. 1 : P1
7.DE.50Stanleyite(V4+O)(SO4) · 6H2OOrth.
7.DE.55McalpineiteCu3(Te6+O6)Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Ia3
7.DE.60HydrobasaluminiteAl4(SO4)(OH)10 · 12-36H2OMon.
7.DE.62VolaschioiteFe4(SO4)O2(OH)6 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
7.DE.65ZaheriteAl12(SO4)5(OH)26 · 20H2OTric.
7.DE.70LautenthalitePbCu4(SO4)2(OH)6 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
7.DE.75CamérolaiteCu6Al3(OH)18(H2O)2[Sb(OH)6](SO4)Tric. 1 : P1

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 UtahiteHide

Reference List:
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Roberts, A.C., Stirling, J.A.R., Criddle, A.J., Jensen, M.C., Moffatt, E.A., Wilson, W.E. (1997) Utahite, a new mineral and associated copper tellurates from the Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic District, Juab County, Utah. The Mineralogical Record: 28: 175-179.
Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., Roberts, A.C. (1998) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 83: 185-189.
Mandarino, J.A. (1998) Abstracts of New Mineral Descriptions. Mineralogical Record: 29: 478.

Internet Links for UtahiteHide

Localities for UtahiteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

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.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise County
Dr. Peter Megaw, analysis by Dr. Malcolm E. Back, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • Tintic Mining District
        • Eureka
MR 28, pg175-179 (1997); MR 29, #5, pg478 (1998)
        • Mammoth
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne.
          • Mammoth Peak
Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne. EDS analyzed by Kaygeedee minerals.
Collected by and in the collection of Alex Earl, Brent Thorne, Chuck Adan and Eckhard Stuart. Raman confirmed by Bob Housley.
Mineral and/or Locality  
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