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Xocomecatlite

Tellurate mineral

Xocomecatlite is a rare tellurate with formula: Cu3(TeO4)(OH)4. It is an orthorhombic mineral which occurs as aggregates or spherules of green needlelike crystals.

It was first described in 1975 for an occurrence in the Oriental mine near Moctezuma, Sonora. It has also been reported from the Centennial Eureka mine in the Tintic District, Utah and the Emerald mine of the Tombstone District , Cochise County. The name is derived from xocomecatl, the Nahuatl word for "bunches of grapes ", and alludes to the mineral's appearance as a set of green spherules. It occurs in the oxidized zone of gold-tellurium veins in altered rhyolite. It occurs associated with other rare tellurate minerals: parakhinite , tlapallite, jensenite; the sulfate - phosphate minerals: hinsdalite ; and the oxide goethite

Identification

Color of mineral

Green

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4

The streak

Green

Density ( specific gravity )

1.775
1.9
1.92

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic