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About DussertiteHide

Desiré Dussert
Green, yellow-green, bluish green; yellowish green in transmitted light.
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in 1925 by Jules Barthoux in honor of Jean Baptiste Desiré Dussert (1872-1928), French mining engineer who worked in Algeria and General Inspector of Mines.
A secondary mineral and frequently an alteration product of arsenopyrite.
Some dussertite contains Sb replacing Fe (Kolitsch et al., 1999).

Classification of DussertiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
L : With medium-sized and large cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 3:1

5 : (AB)2(XO4)Zq

20 : Arsenates (also arsenates with phosphate, but without other anions)
9 : Arsenates of Fe

Physical Properties of DussertiteHide

Green, yellow-green, bluish green; yellowish green in transmitted light.
3½ on Mohs scale
3.75 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.09 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of DussertiteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.870 nε = 1.845 n = 1.85
Measured: 15° to 20°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.025
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Shades of greenish yellow.
May be anomalously biaxial at times with 2V = 15° to 20°.

Chemical Properties of DussertiteHide


Crystallography of DussertiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3m (3 2/m) - Hexagonal Scalenohedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.4244 Å, c = 17.494 Å
a:c = 1 : 2.356
Unit Cell V:
835.11 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals minute, flattened {0001}, aggregated into crusts or rosette-like groups.

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0014536DussertiteKolitsch U, Slade P G, Tiekink E R T, Pring A (1999) The structure of antimonian dussertite and the role of antimony in oxysalt minerals Mineralogical Magazine 63 17-261999Clara mine, Black Forest, Germany0293
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Geological EnvironmentHide

Geological Setting:
Oxidized zones of base-metal deposits as alteration product of arsenopyrite.

Type Occurrence of DussertiteHide

Other Language Names for DussertiteHide

Simplified Chinese:绿砷钡铁石

Relationship of Dussertite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
ArsenocrandalliteCaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
Arsenoflorencite-(Ce)CeAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Arsenoflorencite-(La)LaAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
ArsenogorceixiteBaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
ArsenogoyaziteSrAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Graulichite-(Ce)CeFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
SegnititePbFe3+3AsO4(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m

Common AssociatesHide

ArseniosideriteCa2Fe3+3(AsO4)3O2 · 3H2O
ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Dussertite associated with CarminitePbFe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2
1 photo of Dussertite associated with LöllingiteFeAs2
1 photo of Dussertite associated with FerrihydriteFe3+10O14(OH)2
1 photo of Dussertite associated with ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
1 photo of Dussertite associated with QuartzSiO2
1 photo of Dussertite associated with Ferberite-Hübnerite Series
1 photo of Dussertite associated with ArseniosideriteCa2Fe3+3(AsO4)3O2 · 3H2O
1 photo of Dussertite associated with BariopharmacosideriteBa0.5Fe3+4(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 5H2O
1 photo of Dussertite associated with CalciteCaCO3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BL.05BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05HinsdalitePbAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05SvanbergiteSrAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05WoodhouseiteCaAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10ArsenogoyaziteSrAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10ArsenogorceixiteBaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10ArsenocrandalliteCaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
8.BL.10BenauiteSrFe3+3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10CrandalliteCaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10GorceixiteBaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Mon. m : Bm
8.BL.10GoyaziteSrAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10PlumbogummitePbAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10SegnititePbFe3+3AsO4(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10SpringcreekiteBaV3+3(PO4)2(OH,H2O)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Arsenoflorencite-(La)LaAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Arsenoflorencite-(Ce)CeAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(Ce)CeAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(La)LaAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(Nd)NdAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13WaylanditeBiAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13ZaïriteBiFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Graulichite-(Ce)CeFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(Sm)SmAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.25PattersonitePbFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)5 · H2OTric. 1 : P1

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide 3m (3 2/m) : R3m 3m (3 2/m) : R3m 3m (3 2/m) : R3m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

20.9.1AngelelliteFe3+4(AsO4)2O3Tric. 1 : P1
20.9.2ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
20.9.3KaňkiteFeAsO4 · 3.5H2OMon. 2 : P2
20.9.4FerrisymplesiteFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2O
20.9.5KaatialaiteFe(H2AsO4)3 · 5H2OMon. 2/m
20.9.6SymplesiteFe2+3(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.9.7ParasymplesiteFe2+3(AsO4)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
20.9.8Natropharmacosiderite(Na,K)Fe3+4(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 6-7H2OIso. 4 3m : P4 3m
20.9.9PharmacosideriteKFe3+4(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 6-7H2OIso. 4 3m : P4 3m
20.9.10KolfaniteCa2Fe3+3O2(AsO4)3 · 2H2OMon.
20.9.11ArseniosideriteCa2Fe3+3(AsO4)3O2 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
20.9.12YukoniteCa3Fe3+(AsO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2OOrth. mm2
20.9.14Liskeardite[(Al,Fe)32(AsO4)18(OH)42(H2O)22] · 52H2OOrth.
20.9.15MapimiteZn2Fe3+3(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 10H2OMon.
20.9.16OgdensburgiteCa2Fe3+4(Zn,Mn2+)(AsO4)4(OH)6 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmmm
20.9.17WalentaiteFe3+3(P0.84As0.16O4)2(O,OH)6As3+2.56Ca0.42Na0.28Mn2+0.35Fe2+0.30O6.1(OH)0.9(H2O)0.9Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Imma

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
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References for DussertiteHide

Reference List:
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Barthoux, J. (1925) Description d’un minéral nouveau: la dussertite. Comptes Rendus de L’Académie des Sciences Paris: 180: 299-301.
Foshag, W.F. (1925) New minerals: new species. American Mineralogist: 10: 333-334.
Barth, T., Berman, H. (1930) Chemie der Erde: 5: 36.
Larsen, E.S., Berman, H. (1934) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, Second edition, USGS Bulletin 848: 91.
Foshag, W.F. (1937) Carminite and associated minerals from Mapimi, Mexico. American Mineralogist: 22: 479-484.
McConnell, D. (1942) X-ray data on several phosphate minerals. American Journal of Science: 240: 649-657.
Fleischer, M. (1943) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 28: 61-64.
Palache, C., Berman, H., Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 839-840.
Walenta, K. (1966) Beiträge zur Kenntnis seltener Arsenatmineralien unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Vorkommen des Schwarzwaldes. 3. Folge. Tschermaks Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 11: 121–164. [in German]
Kolitsch, U., Slade, P.G., Tiekink, E.R.T., Pring, A. (1999) The structure of antimonian dussertite and the role of antimony in oxysalt minerals. Mineralogical Magazine: 63, 17-26.
Jambor, J.L. (1999) Nomenclature of the alunite supergroup. The Canadian Mineralogist: 37: 1323-1341.
Bayliss, P., Kolitsch, U., Nickel, E.H., Pring, A. (2010) Alunite supergroup: recommended nomenclature. Mineralogical Magazine: 74: 919-927.
Frost, R.L., Bahfenne, S., Čejka, J., Sejkora, J., Plášil, J., Palmer, S.J., Keeffe, E.C., Němec, I. (2011) Dussertite BaFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)5 - a Raman spectroscopic study of a hydroxy-arsenate mineral. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy: 42: 56-61. (includes EPMA data)

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Localities for DussertiteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Algeria (TL)
  • Guelma Province
    • Guelma District
      • Hammam Meskoutine
C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris (1925): 180, 299; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 840.
  • Western Australia
    • East Pilbara Shire
      • Rudall River District
Downes, P. J., Hope, M., Bevan, A. W. R. and Henry, D. A. (2006): Chalcocite and associated secondary minerals from the Telfer gold mine, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 12, 25-42.
  • Guangxi
    • Baise
      • Debao Co.
Lairen Lai and Yi Li (1991): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 11(1), 83-85; Yi Li and Lairen Lai (1991): Acta Mineralogica Sinica, English Edition 4(2), 187-194; Yi Li (2001): Guangxi Geology 14(1), 61-64
Czech Republic
  • Karlovy Vary Region
    • Sokolov District
      • Krásno
Sejkora, J., Ondruš, P., Fikar, M., Veselovský, F., Mach, Z., Gabašová, A., Skoda, R. & Beran, P. (2006): Supergene minerals at the Huber stock and Schnöd stock deposits, Krásno ore District, the Slavkovský les area, Czech Republic. Journal of the Czech Geological Society 51, 57-101; Frost, R.L., Bahfenne, S., Čejka, J., Sejkora, J., Plášil, J., Palmer, S.J., Keeffe, E.C., Němec, I. (2011): Dussertite BaFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)5 - a Raman spectroscopic study of a hydroxy-arsenate mineral. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 42, 56-61.
  • Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge; Krušné hory)
Kolitsch, U. (1997): Das Ca-Analogon von Petersit und einige weitere Neufunde aus dem sächsisch-böhmischen Erzgebirge und dem Vogtland. Mineralien-Welt 8 (4), 17-20.
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Allier
      • Vichy
        • Échassières
Chris Auer collection
  • Occitanie
    • Aude
      • Narbonne
        • Padern
Favreau, G., Berbain, C. & Meisser, N. (2003): Cyanophyllite et autres minéraux rares de Padern (Aude). Le Cahiers des Micromonteurs, 82(4), 17-23.
    • Lot
      • Figeac
        • Cuzac
Vincent Bourgoin collection
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Freiburg Region
      • Ortenaukreis
        • Gengenbach
          • Gengenbach
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
        • Wolfach
          • Oberwolfach
Walenta, K. (1992): Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, 336 pp. (in German); U. Kolitsch, P. G. Slade, E. R. T. Tiekink and A. Pring (1999): The structure of antimonian dussertite and the role of antimony in oxysalt minerals. Mineralogical Magazine 63, 17-26.
      • Rottweil
        • Schenkenzell
          • Wittichen
            • Burgfelsen
No reference listed
            • Heubach Valley
No reference listed
Walenta, K. (1992) Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes und ihre Fundstellan. Christian Weise Verlag, München, 336 pages [in German].
    • Karlsruhe Region
      • Freudenstadt
Walenta, K. (1992) Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes und ihre Fundstellan. Christian Weise Verlag, München, 336 pages [in German].
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", Schweizerbart (Stuttgart), 2001
  • Hesse
    • Darmstadt
      • Bergstraße
        • Lautertal (Odenwald)
          • Reichenbach
Reppke, V.(1998): Dussertit, ein neues Mineral für das Vorkommen vom Borstein bei Reichenbach/Odenwald, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 39, 191-192
S. Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Collection of Steffen Michalski, ex-collection and collected by Klaus PETITJEAN
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirgskreis
      • Bärenstein
        • Niederschlag
Lapis, 19 (4), 13-22+50.
      • Schneeberg
        • Neustädtel
Lapis 30(7/8):41-70 (2005)
Lapis 30(7/8):41-70 (2005)
    • Vogtlandkreis
Gröbner, J. and Kolitsch, U. (2007): The minerals of the uranium prospect at Tirpersdorf, Vogtland. Lapis 32, 37-42; 58. (in German)
  • Attica
    • East Attica
      • Lavreotiki
Kolitsch, U., Rieck, B., Brandstätter, F., Schreiber, F., Fabritz, K. H., Blaß, G. & Gröbner, J. (2014): Neufunde aus dem altem Bergbau und den Schlacken von Lavrion (I). Mineralien-Welt 25 (1), 60-75 (in German). [identification announced; no description given yet]
          • Agios Konstantinos (Kamariza)
            • Kamariza Mines (Kamareza Mines)
              • Hilarion Mine
Rieck, B., Kolitsch, U., Voudouris, P., Giester, G. and Tzeferis, P. (2018): Weitere Neufunde aus Lavrion, Griechenland. Mineralien-Welt 29 (5), 32-77 (in German).
  • Durango
    • Mapimí Municipality
      • Mapimí
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 913; Rocks & Minerals (1981): 56: 247.
  • Primorsky Krai
    • Dalnegorsk Urban District
[MinRec 32:8]
  • Catalonia
    • Tarragona
      • Priorat
        • El Molar
Joan Abella y Cruces (2019) Dussertita en la mina Linda Mariquita de El Molar, Tarragona. -
  • Kütahya Province
Bernasconi, A., Glover, N., & Viljoen, R. P. (1980). The geology and geochemistry of the senator antimony deposit—Turkey. Mineralium Deposita, 15(3), 259-274.
  • California
    • Mono Co.
      • Bodie Hills
        • Masonic Mining District
          • New York Hill
Kampf, A.R., Housley, R.M., Rossman, G.R., Marty, J., Chorazewicz, M. (2018) Bodieite, Bi3+2(Te4+O3)2(SO4), a New Mineral from the Tintic District, Utah, and the Masonic District, California, USA. Canadian Mineralogist: 56: 763-772.
Marty, J. pers. comm. 2018
  • Nevada
    • Elko Co.
      • Carlin Mining District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Handbook of Mineralogy
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Eureka Co.
      • Lynn Mining District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Mineral Co.
      • Fitting Mining District
        • Luning
          • Rhyolite Pass
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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