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The discreditation of oboyerite and a note on the crystal structure of plumbotellurite

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Missen, OP and Rumsey, MS and Kampf, AR and Mills, SJ and Back, ME and Spratt, J, The discreditation of oboyerite and a note on the crystal structure of plumbotellurite, Mineralogical Magazine, 83, (6) pp. 791 - 797. ISSN 1471-8022 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1180/mgm.2019.63

Abstract

The mineral ‘oboyerite’, first described in 1979 from the Grand Central mine, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona, USA, has been re-examined. The type specimen from the Natural History Museum, London and a specimen from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (traceable to S. A Williams, who first described ‘oboyerite’) were analysed in this study. The discreditation of ‘oboyerite’ as a valid mineral species has been approved by the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association (Proposal 19-D). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction, powder X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis and scanning electron microscopy were all employed to show that ‘oboyerite’ is formed of at least two distinct phases, including the lead–tellurium oxysalt minerals ottoite and plumbotellurite. During the course of the discreditation, plumbotellurite was confirmed to be identical to the synthetic compound α-Pb2+Te4+O3. Previously, in some mineralogical literature plumbotellurite was described as orthorhombic with no known crystal structure.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oboyerite, discreditation, tellurium oxysalt, tellurite, tellurate, plumbotellurite, Grand Central mine, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Mineralogy and crystallography
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Objective Field:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Missen, OP (Dr Owen Missen)
ID Code:154956
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2023-01-20
Last Modified:2023-01-21
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