Calvertite, Cu5 Ge0.5S4, a new mineral species from Tsumeb, Namibia


Journal Article

The sulfide-rich matrix of a partly oxidized specimen from the Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia, consists mainly of renierite, tennantite, gallite, chalcocite, and the new mineral calvertite, simplified as Cu5Ge0.5 S4, Which is named after Lauriston D. Calvert (1924-1993) of the National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada. Calvertite occurs as anhedral grains, up to 100 μm across, that are outlined by a network of chalcocite veinlets of micrometric width. In reflected light, calvertite is opaque, pale bluish grey, and isotropic. Reflectance percentages in air are 26.3 (470 nm), 23.1 (546), 22.2 (589), and 21.5% (650). The mineral is brittle, macroscopically black with a black streak, and has a hardness of 4 to 5, a conchoidal to uneven fracture, and no cleavage. Single-crystal X-ray study indicated F-centered cubic symmetry, α 5.337(3) Å; the structure has not been solved, and the powder-diffraction pattern has only four lines [d in Å(I)(hkl)]: 3.053(100)(111), 2.639(10)(200), 1.869(90)(220), and 1.595(30) (311). An electron-microprobe analysis gave Cu 63. 10, Fe 1.66, Zn 0.55, Ge 5.76, As 1.50, Ga 0.36, V 0.05, S 26.63, total 99.60 wt.%, corresponding to (CU4.782 Fe0.143 Zn0.041 Ga0.025 V0.005) ∑4.996 (Ge0.382 AS0.096) ∑0.478S4 on the basis of S = 4 atoms and Z = 1. It is likely that the structure is disordered, and the measured unit-cell is the subcell of a compound whose ordered equivalent has the simplified formula Cu10GeS8.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jambor, JL; Roberts, AC; Groat, LA; Stanley, CJ; Criddle, AJ; Feinglos, MN

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1519 - 1523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-4476

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3749/canmin.45.6.1519

Citation Source

  • Scopus