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Teallit - Ichocollo, Bolivien.jpg
Teallite - Ichocollo, Bolivia
Category Sulfide minerals
(repeating unit)
Strunz classification 2.CD.05
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Crystal class Dipyramidal (mmm)
H-M symbol: (2/m 2/m 2/m)
Unit cell a = 4.26 Å, b = 11.41 Å
c = 4.09 Å; Z = 2
Color Silvery gray, lead-gray to iron-gray; tarnishes dull or iridescent
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
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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).[3]

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