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Tennantite

Tennantite is a copper arsenic sulfide mineral. Its chemical formula is Cu12As4S13. It is found in hydrothermal veins and contact metamorphic deposits. A closely related mineral, tetrahedrite (Cu12Sb4S13) has antimony substituting for arsenic and the two form a solid solution series. The two have very similiar properties and is often difficult to distinguish between tennantite and tetrahedrite. Iron, zinc, and silver substitute up to about 15% for the copper site.

The mineral was named after the English chemist Smithson Tennant (1761-1815).

Tennantite


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