Teallite

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Teallite
Teallit - Ichocollo, Bolivien.jpg
Teallite - Ichocollo, Bolivia
General
Category Sulfide minerals
Formula
(repeating unit)
PbSnS2
Strunz classification 02.CD.05
Crystal symmetry mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Unit cell a = 4.26Å, b = 11.41Å, c = 4.09Å
Identification
Color Silvery grey, lead-gray to iron-gray; tarnishes dull or iridescent
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Cleavage {001} perfect (lamellar cleavage); flexible
Tenacity Malleable
Mohs scale hardness 1½ - 2
Luster Metallic
Streak Black
Diaphaneity Opaque
Specific gravity 6.36
Optical properties Anisotropic
Pleochroism Weak

Teallite is a sulfide mineral of tin and lead with chemical formula: PbSnS2. It occurs in hydrothermal veins and is sometimes mined as an ore of tin. Teallite forms soft silvery grey mica-like plates and crystallizes in the orthorhombic system. The Mohs hardness is 1.5 to 2 and the specific gravity is 6.4.

Teallite was first described in 1904 from its type locality in Santa Rosa, Antequera, Bolivia. It was named for the British geologist Jethro Justinian Harris Teall (1849-1924).

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