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A grayish-black mineral, essentially (CuFe)12Sb4S13, often containing other elements, and used as an ore of copper.

[German Tetraëdrit, from Greek tetraedros, four-faced (from its four-faced crystals); see tetrahedron.]


(Minerals) a grey metallic mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper, iron, and antimony, often in the form of tetrahedral crystals: it is a source of copper. Formula: (Cu,Fe)12Sb4S13


(ˌtɛ trəˈhi draɪt)

1. any of a group of copper and silver ore minerals ranging from copper-iron antimony sulfide to copper-iron arsenic sulfide; copper is the chief metal but other metals (Fe, Zn, Ag) substitute for it extensively.
2. the copper-iron antimony sulfide, (Cu, Fe)12 Sb4S13, end member of the group.
[1865–70; < German Tetraëdrit (1845); see tetrahedron, -ite1]
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Prospecting in 2015 focussed on a highly siliceous gossanous andesite outcrop with azurite/malachite oxidation and possible tetrahedrite.
The composition of this ore called "klastik ore" by authorized of Company was consisted of pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, tetrahedrite, markasite bornite [16, 17].
Selective leaching of arsenic and antimony from a tetrahedrite rich complex sulphide concentrate using alkaline sulphide solution.
SandstrAlm, Dissolution kinetics of tetrahedrite mineral in alkaline sulphide media, Hydrometallurgy, 103(2010), No.
Disseminated native gold, tetrahedrite, telluride minerals, pyrite, arsenopyrite, and chalcopyrite are the primary metallic minerals in the veins.
Sulfide mineralization in the form of chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite and pyrite is noticed along shear zones and in the vicinity of thick marbalized beds and silicified alteration zones within the Shamran / Teru volcanics.
Tennantite, tetrahedrite, argentite, pyrrhotite and native gold occurred sporadically and sparingly.
Multi phase quartz veins that host chalcopyrite, bornite, tetrahedrite, arsenopyrite and yield up to 31 g/t Au and 0.
Most of the Carrara minerals are in the form of small crystals, which can be difficult for showgoers to fully appreciate; so in order to help show the beauty of the delicate crystals of wurtzite, sphalerite, colusite, sulvanite, rutile, quartz, tetrahedrite and many other species, excellent photos by Roberto Appiani and Matteo Chinellato were shown in sequence on the large overhead screens above the exhibition area.
The ores developed occur in veins, as sulfides: blende, galena, pyrite, chalcocite, covelline ant tetrahedrite, obtained amounted to: lead concentrates, 46,640 tonnes with 73 to 78% of lead; zinc concentrates, 75.
The deposit is contained within four closely-stacked lenses of massive sulphide mineralisation, characterised by chalcopyrite, sphalerite, banded pyrite, galena and minor tetrahedrite.