Stistaite

stistaite

zircon

rutile

anatase

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Formula: SnSb
Alloy of tin and antimony
Specific gravity: 6.91
Hardness: 3
Colour: Light grey
Solubility: Insoluble in hydrochloric acid, partly dissolved by dilute nitric acid, dissolved completely with effervescence by concentrated nitric acid (AM 56.358)
Common impurities: Cu
Environments

Placer deposits

Stistaite is found in heavy mineral concentrates from placer deposits

Localities

At the Tamaña River, Novita Municipality, Chocó Department, Colombia, stistaite is found in concentrates from precious metal placers (HOM).

At the type locality, the Elkiaidai Stream, North Nuratau Range, Sirdaryo, Uzbekistan, stistaite occurred in heavy mineral concentrates from placer samples collected from a region of shaly-sandy sediments, as well-formed cubic crystals 0.02-0.15 mm in size. Associated minerals include tin, zircon, rutile, apatite, anatase, andalusite, baryte, celestine, scheelite and cinnabar (AM 56.358).

At the Baimka placer deposit, Aluchinskii Massif, Baimka River, Bol'shoi Anyui River Basin, Kolyma area, Bilibinsky District, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, stistaite is associated with tin, sorosite, herzenbergite, cassiterite and lead (HOM).

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