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Imiterite

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About ImiteriteHide

Formula:
Ag2HgS2
Colour:
Black
Lustre:
Metallic
Hardness:
2½ - 3
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named after the type locality, the Imiter mine.
The second Ag-Hg mineral known is coded as 'UM1985-19-S:AgHg'.


Classification of ImiteriteHide

Approved
2.BD.05

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
B : Metal Sulfides, M: S > 1: 1 (mainly 2: 1)
D : With Hg, Tl
2.5.8.1

2 : SULFIDES
5 : AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:2
3.5.4

3 : Sulphides, Selenides, Tellurides, Arsenides and Bismuthides (except the arsenides, antimonides and bismuthides of Cu, Ag and Au, which are included in Section 1)
5 : Sulphides etc. of Hg and Tl

Physical Properties of ImiteriteHide

Metallic
Transparency:
Opaque
Colour:
Black
Comment:
Sometimes tarnished bluish
Hardness:
2½ - 3 on Mohs scale

Chemical Properties of ImiteriteHide

Formula:
Ag2HgS2

Crystallography of ImiteriteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.03 Å, b = 8 Å, c = 6.58 Å
β = 107.12°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.504 : 1 : 0.823
Unit Cell V:
202.74 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ImiteriteHide

Synonyms of ImiteriteHide

Other Language Names for ImiteriteHide

German:Imiterit
Simplified Chinese:汞辉银矿
Spanish:Imiterita
Traditional Chinese:汞輝銀礦

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
7 photos of Imiterite associated with ProustiteAg3AsS3
2 photos of Imiterite associated with DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
2 photos of Imiterite associated with XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
2 photos of Imiterite associated with AcanthiteAg2S
2 photos of Imiterite associated with Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
1 photo of Imiterite associated with CinnabarHgS
1 photo of Imiterite associated with CalciteCaCO3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.BD.UM2004-33-S:AgCuHgSe(Ag,Cu)8Hg3(S,Se)7
2.BD.10GortdrumiteCu24Fe2Hg9S23Tric. 1 : P1
2.BD.15BalkaniteCu9Ag5HgS8Mon. 2/m : P2/m
2.BD.15Danielsite(Cu,Ag)14HgS8Orth.
2.BD.20DonharrisiteNi3HgS3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
2.BD.25CarliniteTl2STrig. 3 : R3
2.BD.30BukoviteTl2(Cu,Fe)4Se4Tet.
2.BD.30MurunskiteK2(Cu,Fe)4S4Tet.
2.BD.30ThalcusiteTl2Cu3FeS4Tet.
2.BD.35Rohaite(Tl,Pb,K)2Cu8.7Sb2S4Orth.
2.BD.40ChalcothalliteTl2(Cu,Fe)6SbS4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
2.BD.45SabatieriteCu6TlSe4Orth.
2.BD.50CrookesiteCu7(Tl, Ag)Se4Tet.
2.BD.55BrodtkorbiteCu2HgSe2Mon. 2/m : P21/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

3.5.1CinnabarHgSTrig. 3 2 : P31 2 1
3.5.2HypercinnabarHgSHex.
3.5.3MetacinnabarHgSIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.5.5TiemanniteHgSeIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.5.6BalkaniteCu9Ag5HgS8Mon. 2/m : P2/m
3.5.7Danielsite(Cu,Ag)14HgS8Orth.
3.5.8ColoradoiteHgTeIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
3.5.9GortdrumiteCu24Fe2Hg9S23Tric. 1 : P1
3.5.10Polhemusite(Zn,Hg)STet.
3.5.11CarliniteTl2STrig. 3 : R3
3.5.12CrookesiteCu7(Tl, Ag)Se4Tet.
3.5.13SabatieriteCu6TlSe4Orth.
3.5.14PicotpauliteTlFe2S3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
3.5.15RaguiniteTlFeS2Orth.
3.5.16ThalcusiteTl2Cu3FeS4Tet.
3.5.17BukoviteTl2(Cu,Fe)4Se4Tet.
3.5.18GalliteCuGaS2Tet. 4 2m : I4 2d
3.5.19RoquesiteCuInS2Tet. 4 2m : I4 2d
3.5.20InditeFeIn2S4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for ImiteriteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist: 71: 1277-1278.
Guillou, J.-J., Monthel, J., Picot, P., Pillard, F., Protas, J., and Samama, J.-C. (1985) L'imitérite, Ag2HgS2, nouvelle espèce minérale; propriétés et structure cristalline. Bulletin de Mineralogie (1985): 108: 457-464.
Walenta, K. and Hess, H. (1985) Imiterite; a new silver- and mercury-rich sulfide mineral from Ramsbeck, Sauerland. Der Aufschluss: 36: 209-215.
Plášil J., Sejkora J., Litochleb J., Škácha P. (2009): Výskyt vzácného Ag-Hg sulfidu - imiteritu - v materiálu z haldy dolu Lill (černojamské ložisko), březohorský rudní revír, Česká republika. Bulletin mineralogicko-petrologického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze 17 (2), 62-68 (in Czech with English abstract).

Internet Links for ImiteriteHide

Localities for ImiteriteHide

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.
Argentina
 
  • San Juan Province
    • Iglesia department
      • Tudcum
        • Frontera mining district
Rudashevsky, N.S. & Rudashevsky, V.N. (2018): Mineral processing of poor sulfide Au-Ag ores of the volcanogenic formation (Veladero deposit, Argentina). Zapiski RMO (Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society) 147, 101-120.
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Robinson Co.
      • Cobar
Leverett, P., McKinnon, A. R., & Williams, P. A. (2005). Supergene geochemistry of the Endeavor ore body, Cobar, NSW, and relationships to other deposits in the Cobar basin. Regolith 2005–Ten Years of CRC LEME, 191-194.
Austria
 
  • Carinthia
    • Völkermarkt District
G. Niedermayr, I. Praetzel: Mineralien Kärntens, 1995
  • Salzburg
    • Tamsweg District
      • Weißpriach valley
Schachinger, T., Kolitsch, U., Bernhard, F. & Bojar, H.-P. (2014): Erzmineralisationen und ihre Verwitterungsprodukte aus dem weiteren Bereich der Steirischen und Lungauer Kalkspitze. Der Steirische Mineralog 28, 8-21.
  • Styria
    • Bruck-Mürzzuschlag District
      • Tragöß-Sankt Katharein
Kolitsch, U. (2015): Akanthit, Arsenopyrit, Chrysokoll, Cinnabarit und Imiterit(?) vom Magnesitbergbau bei Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark. Der Steirische Mineralog 29, 40.
    • Leoben District
      • Kammern im Liesingtal
        • Seiz
          • Wolfsgruben (Wolfgruben)
Auer, C. (2019): Die Mineralien der Wolfsgrube bei Seiz im Liesingtal. Der Steirische Mineralog, 34, 5-11.
    • Liezen District
      • Schladming
        • Schladminger Tauern
          • Giglach valley
            • Giglach lakes
Schachinger, T., Kolitsch, U., Bernhard, F. & Bojar, H.-P. (2014): Erzmineralisationen und ihre Verwitterungsprodukte aus dem weiteren Bereich der Steirischen und Lungauer Kalkspitze. Der Steirische Mineralog 28, 8-21.
Czech Republic
 
  • Central Bohemian Region
    • Příbram District
      • Březové Hory ore region (Birkenberg)
        • Černojamské deposit (Black pits deposit)
Plášil J., Sejkora J., Litochleb J., Škácha P. (2009): Výskyt vzácného Ag-Hg sulfidu - imiteritu - v materiálu z haldy dolu Lill (černojamské ložisko), březohorský rudní revír, Česká republika. Bulletin mineralogicko-petrologického oddělení Národního muzea v Praze 17 (2), 62-68 (in Czech with English abstract).
  • Karlovy Vary Region
Ondruš P, Veselovský F, Gabašová A, Hloušek J, Šrein V, Vavrín I, Skála R, Sejkora J, Drábek M (2003) Primary minerals of the Jáchymov ore district, Journal of the Czech Geological Society 48, 19-147
Germany
 
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Arnsberg
      • Hochsauerlandkreis
        • Meschede
Weiss: "Mineralienfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
        • Olsberg
[Mineralogical Record 29:144]
Hungary
 
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County
    • Kazincbarcika District
www.minerals- of-the- carpathians.eu (Editor:Szakáll)
GEODA 2010/1
Italy
 
  • Lombardy
    • Lecco Province
      • Introbio
Guastoni A., Gentile P., Nestola F., Possenti I. (2016): Imiterite di Prapiazzo, Introbio, Valsassina (LC). Novità di mineralogia sistematica italiana. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 50, 2 (2-2016), 120-121.
  • Sardinia
    • Carbonia-Iglesias Province
      • Iglesias
        • Punta della Torre
Orlandi, P. & Campostrini, I. (2005): Zibaldone. Aggiornamenti di mineralogia italiana 2004. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 3/2005, 184-191.
Morocco (TL)
 
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Tinghir Province
      • Imiter District
Bull.Min.(1985) 108, 457-464; Anthony, et al. Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol 1, pg. 230; Uwe Kolitsch collection (analysed by single-crystal XRD); Burniaux, P. and Williams-Jones, A.E., (2006) Controls Of Silver-Mercury Mineralization At Imiter, Morocco. in Geological Association of Canada, Program with Abstracts Volume 3; Levresse, Gilles & Bouabdellah, Mohammed & Cheilletz, Alain & Gasquet, Dominique & Maacha, L & Tritlla, Jordi & Banks, D & Rachid Azizi-Samir, Moulay. (2016). Degassing as the main ore-forming process at the giant Imiter Ag-Hg vein deposit in the Anti-Atlas system, Morocco..
      • Imiter mining district
Georges FAVREAU collection
Russia
 
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
    • Vesenniy
Baksheev, I. A., Vlasov, E. A., Nikolaev, Y. N., Krivitskaya, N. N., Koshlyakova, N. N., Nagornaya, E. V., ... & Dzhedzheya, G. T. (2018). Mineralogy of the Tumanny Au-Ag-Te-Hg epithermal veins, Western Chukchi Peninsula, Russia. Ore Geology Reviews, 101, 293-311.
  • Magadan Oblast
    • Kolyma River Basin
      • Ducat District
        • Omsukchan
T. V. Zhuravkova, G. A. Palyanova , R. G. Kravtsova (2015): Physicochemical formation conditions of silver sulfoselenides at the Rogovik deposit, Northeastern Russia. Geology of Ore Deposits 57, 313-330.; Kravtsova, R. & Tauson, Vladimir & Pal'yanova, Galina & Makshakov, Artem & Pavlova, L. (2017). Specific Composition of Native Silver from the Rogovik Au-Ag Deposit, Northeastern Russia. Geology of Ore Deposits. 59. 10.1134/S1075701517050038.
  • Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
    • Yana-Kolyma Foldbelt
Nekrasov, I.Ya. , Gamyanin, G.N., Goryachev, N.A., Zhdanov, Yu.Ya., Goryacheva, E.M., Leskova, N.V. (1987): Mineralogical and geochemical peculiarities of silver mineralization in the Verkhoyan-Kolymian Folded Region. Mineral associations of ores of the silver-antimony and gold-silver formations. Mineral. Zhurnal: 9(6): 5-27 (in Russian; in: Jambor, J.L., Puziewicz, J., (1990): New mineral Names. American Mineralogist: 75: 435
Nekrasov, I.Ya. , Gamyanin, G.N., Goryachev, N.A., Zhdanov, Yu.Ya., Goryacheva, E.M., Leskova, N.V. (1987): Mineralogical and geochemical peculiarities of silver mineralization in the Verkhoyan-Kolymian Folded Region. Mineral associations of ores of the silver-antimony and gold-silver formations. Mineral. Zhurnal: 9(6): 5-27 (in Russian; in: Jambor, J.L., Puziewicz, J., (1990): New mineral Names. American Mineralogist: 75: 435
  • Tuva
    • Sut-Kholsky District
Kuzhuget, R. V., Zaikov, V. V., Lebedev, V. I., & Mongush, A. A. (2015). Gold mineralization of the Khaak-Sair gold-quartz ore occurrence in listwanites (western Tuva). Russian Geology and Geophysics, 56(9), 1332-1348.
USA
 
  • Alaska
    • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
      • Rampart Mining District
Forbes, R. B., & Cannon, B. (1991). Native mercurian-silver, silver, and gold nuggets from Hunter Creek, Alaska. Short Notes on Alaskan Geology 1991, 41.
  • California
    • Tuolumne Co.
      • Mother Lode Belt
        • Jamestown District
          • Jamestown
            • Jamestown Mine (Jamestown group)
              • Jumper & Golden Rule group (Jumper Mine; Jumper claim; Jumper deposit; New Era claim)
Mineralogical Record (1990): 21: 500.
  • Montana
    • Fergus Co.
      • Warm Springs District (Gilt Edge District; Gold Hill District; Maiden District)
        • Cone Butte Sub-District
Bindi et al (2006), Canadian Mineralogist 44, 207-212.
 
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