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The relationship between mineral composition, crystal structure and paragenetic sequence: the case of secondary Te mineralization at the Bird Nest drift, Otto Mountain, California, USA

Christy, Andrew G.; Mills, Stuart J.; Kampf, Anthony R.; Housley, Robert M.; Thorne, Brent; Marty, Joe


An unusually diverse array of 25 secondary Te oxysalt minerals has been documented from Otto Mountain, California, and 18 of these from the Bird Nest drift sublocality. A paragenetic sequence for these minerals is proposed, using observed overgrowth relationships plus spatial association data and data from other localities. Apart from Te and O, the components Pb, Cu and H are essential in the majority of the minerals. The atomic Cu/Te ratio decreases through the paragenetic sequence. This, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Mineralogical Magazine
DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2016.080.001


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