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Ziesite

Vanadate mineral

Ziesite is a copper with formula: β-Cu2V2O7. It was discovered in 1980 as monoclinic crystals occurring as volcanic sublimates around fumaroles , El Salvador. It is named after Emanuel George Zies (1883–1981), an American geochemist who studied Izalco in the 1930s.

Closely related is blossite , also a copper vanadate with formula of α-Cu2V2O7. It forms orthorhombic crystals. Blossite was also first described for specimens from the Izalco volcano.

Ziesite and blossite are polymorphs , different crystal structure for the same chemical composition and are quite similar in physical properties.

Associated minerals include stoiberite , shcherbinaite, mcbirneyite and chalcanthite

Identification

Color of mineral

Black
Red
Brown
White

The streak

Brown

Density ( specific gravity )

2.055

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic