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General Quetzalcoatlite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Zn8Cu4(TeO3)3(OH)18
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,610.23 gm
   Zinc       32.49 %  Zn   40.44 % ZnO
   Copper     15.79 %  Cu   17.77 % Cu2O
   Tellurium  23.77 %  Te   29.73 % TeO2
   Hydrogen    1.13 %  H    10.07 % H2O
   Oxygen     26.83 %  O
             ______        ______ 
             100.00 %       98.01 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Zn8Cu4(TeO3)3(OH)18
Help on Environment: Environment: Secondary mineral from oxidized telluride-bearing ore bodies
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1973
Help on Locality: Locality: Bambollita mine (La Oriental), Sierra La Huerta, Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Quetzalcoatl, a Toltec god of the sea, in allusion of the sea blue-green color of the mineral.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Quetzalcoatlite + Pronunciation Say QUETZALCOATLITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 89821
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Comments: Green encrustation of quetzalcoatlite.
Location: Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. Scale: Picture size 3.5 mm.
© Thomas Witzke / Abraxas-Verlag

Quetzalcoatlite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:0.48965
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.097, c = 4.944, Z = 1; V = 436.51 Den(Calc)= 6.13
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Hexagonal - Trapezohedral H-M Symbol (6 2 2) Space Group: C6322
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 8.752(1), 2.748(0.7), 3.531(0.4),

Physical Properties of Quetzalcoatlite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: {1010} Distinct
Help on Color: Color: Blue.
Help on Density: Density: 6.05
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 3 - Calcite

Optical Properties of Quetzalcoatlite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= 0.361 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= 0.369 (Poor) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1258,KPDmeas= 0.1274,KC= 0.1995
Ncalc = 2.21 - 2.22
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Uniaxial (-), e=1.74, w=1.802, bire=0.0620.

Calculated Properties of Quetzalcoatlite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=5.61 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Quetzalcoatlite =6.05 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.03
Boson Index = 0.97
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEQuetzalcoatlite = 102.68 barns/electron
U=PEQuetzalcoatlite x rElectron Density= 575.63 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Quetzalcoatlite is Not Radioactive

Quetzalcoatlite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (34)Selenites - Tellurites - Sulfites
  (34.06)Dana Type
  (34.06.03)Dana Group Quetzalcoatlite Zn8Cu4(TeO3)3(OH)18 C6322 6 2 2
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 04.FE.45 04 - OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodate
  04.F - Hydroxides (without V or U)
  04.FE -Hydroxides with OH, without H2O; sheets of edge-sharing octahedra
04.FE.45 Quetzalcoatlite Zn8Cu4(TeO3)3(OH)18 C6322 6 2 2

Other Quetzalcoatlite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( Dana8) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Quetzalcoatlite :
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

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