Abstract

Munakataite, Pb2Cu2(Se4+O3)(SO4)(OH)4, has been found in association with a variety of rare secondary Te minerals at Otto Mountain, San Bernardino County, California, USA. It is very rare and occurs as subparallel bundles of blue needles up to 1 mm long. Electron microprobe analyses provided the empirical formula Pb1.96Cu1.60[(

\(\mathrm{Se}_{0.89}^{4+}\)
S0.11)Σ1O3](SO4)[(OH)3.34(H2O)0.66]Σ4. Munakataite is monoclinic, space group P21/m, with cell parameters a = 9.8023(26), b = 5.6751(14), c = 9.2811(25) Å, β = 102.443(6), V = 504.2(2) Å3 and Z = 2. The crystal structure, solved by direct methods and refined to R1 = 0.0308 for 544 Fo > 4σF reflections, consists of Jahn-Teller-distorted Cu2+O6 square bipyramids, which form chains along b by sharing trans edges across their square planes. The chains are decorated by SO4 tetrahedra and Se4+O3 pyramids, which bond to apical corners of adjacent bipyramids. The chains are linked to one another via bonds to two different PbO9 polyhedra, only one of which exhibits one-sided coordination typical of Pb2+ with a stereochemically active 6s2 lone-electron-pair. Munakataite is isostructural with schmiederite and the structure is closely related to that of linarite.

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