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Altaite Mineral Data

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General Altaite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: PbTe
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 334.80 gm
   Tellurium  38.11 %  Te
   Lead       61.89 %  Pb
             ______ 
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: PbTe
Help on Environment: Environment: Hydrothermal vein gold deposits.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Valid Species (Pre-IMA) 1845
Help on Locality: Locality: Ziryanovsk in the Altai Mountains, Siberia. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named after its locality.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Altaite Say ALTAITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 38295
  PDF 38-1435
 

Altaite Image

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  Altaite

Comments: Bronze yellow metallic altaite crystals.
Location: Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, USA. Scale: Size Not Given.
© Lou Perloff / Photo Atlas of Minerals

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  Mattagamite   Altaite   Tellurantimony

Comments: Silvery metallic intergrowths of mattagamite with tellurantimony and altaite.
Location: Mattagami Lake Mine, Quebec, Canada. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

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  Maslovite   Froodite   Altaite

Comments: Reflected light photomicrograph of maslovite (M), froodite (F), and altaite (A), in chalcopyrite matrix.
Location: Oktyabr'skoye Mine, Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Siberia, Russia. Scale: See Photo.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Altaite Crystallography

Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 6.452, Z = 4; V = 268.59 Den(Calc)= 8.28
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Isometric - Hexoctahedral H-M Symbol (4/m 3 2/m) Space Group: F m3m
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 3.23(1), 2.28(0.8), 1.442(0.5),
 

Physical Properties of Altaite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {001} Perfect, {010} Perfect, {100} Perfect
Help on Color: Color: Tin white, Yellowish tin white, Bronze yellow.
Help on Density: Density: 8.1 - 8.2, Average = 8.14
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Help on Habit: Habit: Euhedral Crystals - Occurs as well-formed crystals showing good external form.
Help on Habit: Habit: Massive - Granular - Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 2.5 - Finger Nail
Help on Luminescence: Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
Help on Magnetism: Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Help on Streak: Streak: black
 

Optical Properties of Altaite

Help on RL Color: RL Color: White with a delicate greenish hue.
Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Altaite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 400 nm   65.10   
 420 nm   66.40 
 440 nm   67.70 
 460 nm   68.80 
 480 nm   69.60 
 500 nm   70.00 
 520 nm   70.00 
 540 nm   69.70 
 560 nm   68.80 
 580 nm   67.50 
 600 nm   66.00 
 620 nm   64.60 
 640 nm   63.30 
 660 nm   62.00 
 680 nm   61.00 
 700 nm   60.20 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Altaite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Altaite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=6.63 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Altaite =8.28 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.16
Boson Index = 0.84
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEAltaite =1,332.84 barns/electron
U=PEAltaite x rElectron Density=8,833.98 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Altaite is Not Radioactive
 

Altaite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.08.01.03 (02)Sulfides - Including Selenides and Tellurides
  (02.08)where Am Bn Xp, with (m+n):p=1:1
  (02.08.01)Galena Group (Isometric: Fm3m)
 
02.08.01.01 Galena PbS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.02 Clausthalite PbSe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.03 Altaite PbTe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.04 Alabandite MnS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.05 Oldhamite (Ca,Mg,Fe)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.06 Niningerite (Mg,Fe,Mn)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.07 Borovskite Pd3SbTe4 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.08 Crerarite (Pt,Pb)Bi3(S,Se)4-x(x~0.7) F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.08.01.09 Keilite! (Fe,Mn,Mg,Ca,Cr)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.CD.10 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.C - Metal Sulfides, M:S = 1:1 (and similar)
  02.CD -With Sn, Pb, Hg, etc.
 
02.CD.10 Alabandite MnS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Altaite PbTe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Galena PbS F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Clausthalite PbSe F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Niningerite (Mg,Fe,Mn)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Oldhamite (Ca,Mg,Fe)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.CD.10 Keilite! (Fe,Mn,Mg,Ca,Cr)S F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 

Other Altaite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Ford32) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(AntBidBlaNic1)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Altaite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery
3 - Athena
4 - EUROmin Project
5 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
6 - GeoScienceWorld
7 - Google Images
8 - Google Scholar
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
10 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
11 - MinDAT
12 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
13 - Online Mineral Museum
14 - QUT Mineral Atlas
15 - Ruff.Info
16 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Altaite

PbTe
Dana No: 02.08.01.03 Strunz No: 02.CD.10
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