Kintoreite, PbFe3(PO4)2(OH,H2O)6, a new mineral of the jarosite-alunite family, and lusungite discredited

A. Pring, W. D. Birch, J. Dawe, M. Taylor, M. Deliens, K. Walenta

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    Kintoreite is a new lead iron phosphate mineral in the alunite-jarosite family, from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. It is the phosphate analogue of segnitite and the iron analogue of plumbogummite. Kintoreite occurs as clusters and coatings of cream to yellowish green rhombohedral crystals up to 2 mm high and with the principal form {112}. Kintoreite formed during oxidation of primary ore rich in galena, in the presence of solutions with high P/(As + S) ratios. Crystallographic properties are described. During the study of kintoreite, part of the type specimen of lusungite from Zaire was obtained and shown to be goyazite. The IMA's Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names has voted to discredit lusungite as a species, and has approved the renaming of the "lusungite' group as the segnitite group. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-148
    Number of pages6
    JournalMineralogical Magazine
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


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