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Volfsonite Mineral Data

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General Volfsonite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Cu+10Cu++Fe++Fe+++2Sn++++3S16
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,735.73 gm
   Iron     9.65 %  Fe
   Copper  40.27 %  Cu
   Tin     20.52 %  Sn
   Sulfur  29.56 %  S
          ______ 
          100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Cu10CuFe2+Fe3+2Sn3S16
Help on Environment: Environment: Volfsonite is now considered stannite.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Not Approved IMA 1985 - Published 1986
Help on Locality: Locality: Soviet Central Asia (Siberia). Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Not given in abstract.
 

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  Stannite   Volfsonite

Comments: Stannite crystal cluster at the base of a quartz crystal. Volfsonite is now consideres stannite.
Location: Yaogangxian mine, Hunan, China. Scale: Crystal size 3 cm.
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  Stannite   Volfsonite

Comments: Bluish-black octahedron of stannite (also known as volfsonite).
Location: Yaogangxian Wolfram mine, Yizhang County, Hunan Province, China. Scale: See Image.
© Rruff Database

Volfsonite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:0.5
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.78, c = 5.39, Z = 1; V = 626.36 Den(Calc)= 4.60
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal Space Group: P 42m-,P 4212
 

Physical Properties of Volfsonite

Help on Color: Color: Bronze brown.
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 4 - Fluorite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic
 

Calculated Properties of Volfsonite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=4.26 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Volfsonite =4.60 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.03
Boson Index = 0.97
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEVolfsonite = 84.04 barns/electron
U=PEVolfsonite x rElectron Density= 357.70 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Volfsonite is Not Radioactive
 

Volfsonite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 02.00.00.00 (02)Sulfide Minerals
  (02.00)Without Dana Classification Numbers
  (02.00.00)Sulfosalt - Sn
 
02.00.00.00 Argentite* Ag2S I m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Bayankhanite? Cu6HgS4 Unk Hex
 
02.00.00.00 Bismutoplagionite* 5PbS.4Bi2S3 Unk Ortho
 
02.00.00.00 Bravoite? (Fe,Ni,Co)S2 P a3 2/m 3
 
02.00.00.00 Colimaite K3VS4 P nma 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Dayingite* CuCoPtS4 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Dilithium* Li2Te P 222 2 2 2
 
02.00.00.00 Dzhezkazganite* (Pb,Cu,Rh)S2(?) P a3? 2/m 3
 
02.00.00.00 Ferdisilicite* FeSi2 P 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Fersilicite* FeSi P 213 2 3
 
02.00.00.00 Horobetsuite* (Bi,Sb)2S3 Pbnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Horomanite Fe6Ni3S8 P 4/mmm 4mm
 
02.00.00.00 Imgreite? NiTe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Iridisite* (Ir,Cu,Rh,Ni,Pt)S2 Unk Cubic
 
02.00.00.00 Isochalcopyrite? Cu8Fe9S16 Unk Cubic
 
02.00.00.00 Jaipurite* CoS P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Kitaibelite? Ag10PbBi30S51 Mono ? Mono
 
02.00.00.00 Kurilite? (Ag,Au)2(Te,Se,S) P m3n,P 43n Cubic
 
02.00.00.00 Plumosite* Pb2Sb2S5 Mono
 
02.00.00.00 Protojoseite* Bi4TeS2(?) R 3m 3 2/m
 
02.00.00.00 Samaniite Cu2Fe5Ni2S8 P 41/mmm 4mm
 
02.00.00.00 Stibioenargite* Cu3(Sb,As)S4 Unk Ortho
 
02.00.00.00 Sztrokayite* Bi3TeS2 Trig ? Trig
 
02.00.00.00 Volfsonite* Cu10CuFeFe2Sn3S16 P 42m-,P 4212 Tetra
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 02.XX.00 02 - SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulf
  02.X - Unclassified Strunz SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarse
  02.XX -Sulfosalt - Sn
 
02.XX.00 Isochalcopyrite? Cu8Fe9S16 Unk Cubic
 
02.XX.00 Bayankhanite? Cu6HgS4 Unk Hex
 
02.XX.00 Bravoite? (Fe,Ni,Co)S2 P a3 2/m 3
 
02.XX.00 Dzhezkazganite* (Pb,Cu,Rh)S2(?) P a3? 2/m 3
 
02.XX.00 Dilithium* Li2Te P 222 2 2 2
 
02.XX.00 Horobetsuite* (Bi,Sb)2S3 Pbnm 2/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.XX.00 Horsfordite? Cu5Sb Unk Cubic
 
02.XX.00 Kurilite? (Ag,Au)2(Te,Se,S) P m3n,P 43n Cubic
 
02.XX.00 Imgreite? NiTe P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
02.XX.00 Matraite? ZnS R 3m 3m
 
02.XX.00 Iridisite* (Ir,Cu,Rh,Ni,Pt)S2 Unk Cubic
 
02.XX.00 Kitaibelite? Ag10PbBi30S51 Mono ? Mono
 
02.XX.00 Jeromite? As(S,Se)2 None
 
02.XX.00 Parajamesonite? Pb4FeSb6S14 Unk Ortho
 
02.XX.00 Volfsonite* Cu10CuFeFe2Sn3S16 P 42m-,P 4212 Tetra
 
02.XX.00 Prassoite Rh17S15(?) P m3m 4/m 3 2/m
 
02.XX.00 Sakharovaite? (Pb,Fe)(Bi,Sb)2S4 Mono
 
02.XX.00 Samaniite Cu2Fe5Ni2S8 P 41/mmm 4mm
 
02.XX.00 Tazieffite! Pb20Cd2(As,Bi)22S50Cl10 C 2/c 2/m
 
02.XX.00 Horomanite Fe6Ni3S8 P 4/mmm 4mm
 

Other Volfsonite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AmMin, v73:441) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.73,p441,1988)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Volfsonite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - MinDAT
7 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
8 - Online Mineral Museum
9 - QUT Mineral Atlas
10 - Ruff.Info

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Volfsonite

Cu+10Cu++Fe++Fe+++2Sn++++3S16
Dana No: 02.00.00.00 Strunz No: 02.XX.00
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