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Jensenite, Cu3Te6+O6??2H2O, a new mineral species from the Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic District, Juab County, Utah

Canadian Mineralogist

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Abstract

Jensenite, ideally Cu3Te6+O6??2H2O, is monoclinic, P21/n (14), with unit-cell parameters refined from powder data: a 9.204(2), b 9.170(2), c 7.584(1) A??, ?? 102.32(3)??, V 625.3(3) A??3, a:b:c 1.0037:1:0.8270, Z = 4. The strongest six reflections of the X-ray powder-diffraction pattern [d in A??(I)(Hkl)] are: 6.428(100)(1??01,110), 3.217(70)(2??02), 2.601(40)(202), 2.530(50)(230), 2.144(35)(3??31) and 1.750(35)(4??32). The mineral is found on the dumps of the Centennial Eureka mine, Juab County, Utah, where it occurs as isolated crystals or as groups of crystals on drusy white quartz. Associated minerals are mcalpineite, xocomecatlite and unnamed Cu(Mg,Cu,Fe,Zn)2Te6+O6??6H2O. Individual crystals of jensenite are subhedral to euhedral, and form simple rhombs that are nearly equant. Some crystals are slightly elongate [101], with a length-to-width ratio up to 2:1. The largest crystal is approximately 0.4 mm in size; the average size is between 0.1 and 0.2 mm. Cleavage {1??01} fair. Forms are: {1??01} major; {110} medium; {100} minor; {301}, {201}, {203}, {1??02}, {010} very small. The mineral is transparent, emerald green, with a less intense streak of the same color and an uneven fracture. Jensenite is adamantine, brittle and nonfluorescent; H (Mohs) 3-4; D (calc.) 4.78 for the idealized formula, 4.76 g/cm3 for the empirical formula. In a polished section, jensenite is very weakly bireflectant and nonpleochroic. In reflected plane-polarized light in air, it is a nondescript grey, and in oil, it is a much darker grey in color with a brownish tint, with ubiquitous bright green internal reflections. Anisotropy is not detectable. Measured values of reflectance, in air and in oil, are tabulated. Electron-microprobe analyses yielded CuO 50.91, ZnO 0.31, TeO3 38.91, H2O (calc.) [8.00], total [98.13] wt.%. The empirical formula, derived from crystal-structure analysis and electron-microprobe analyses, is (Cu2.92Zn0.02)??2.94Te6+1.01O5.97??2.03H2O, based on O = 8. The mineral name honors Martin C. Jensen, Reno, Nevada, who discovered the mineral.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Jensenite, Cu3Te6+O6??2H2O, a new mineral species from the Centennial Eureka mine, Tintic District, Juab County, Utah
Series title:
Canadian Mineralogist
Volume
34
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
49
Last page:
54
Number of Pages:
6