Argentian mercurian tetrahedrite, a new variety, from the Chiprovtsi ore deposit, Western Stara-Planina mountains, Bulgaria

Vassil At. Atanasov
1975 Mineralogical magazine  
An electron-probe microanalysis of tetrahedrite occurring together with the latest-deposited pyrite-cinnabar association in the Chiprovtsi lead-silver deposit yielded more than 16 wt. % Ag and more than 18 wt. % Hg. X-ray powder examination established an extremely large unit-cell edge, a 10.64±0.01 Å. Vickers microhardness 223 to 237 kg/mm2. The chemical formula derived on the basis of the analyses made is quite near to Cu6 +(Cu+, Ag+)4(Hg,Zn)2(Sb,As)4S13. There is not any antiparallelism
more » ... en Ag and Hg in tetrahedrite. The name proposed for all stages of simultaneous isomorphic replacement along the Cu+-Ag+ and Cu2+-Hg2+(Zn2+,Fe2+) directions is argentian mercurian tetrahedrite. The upper limits of the Ag and Hg content are expected to be Cu6Ag4Hg2(Sb,As)4S13. It is the six copper atoms (Cu4 +;Cu2 2+), sited in the Laves' polyhedra, that are replaced by Ag+ and Hg2+ respectively.
doi:10.1180/minmag.1975.040.311.03 fatcat:4ii4al2xefeynaarwb62fvip3q