Hydrocerussite, Mendipite, Cerussite (Mendip Hills,
England); Boleite, Wherryite, Hydrocerussite, Leadhillite,
Phosgenite, Caledonite, Atacamite, Paratacamite, Cerussite
(Tiger, Arizona, USA).
is named from the Greek word dia, meaning
and Boleite, in allusion to its difference from Boleite.
Boleite is named for the type locality, Boleo, near Santa Rosalia, Baja California.
Despite being "distinct from" Boleite, Diaboleite
is closely related to Boleite. It is also closely related
to Psuedoboleite ("false" Boleite) and Cumengeite.
All four minerals are secondary copper minerals. They
are also Halide minerals. The Halides are a group of minerals whose principle anions are halogens.
Halogens are a special group of elements that usually have a charge of
negative one when chemically combined.
The halogens that are commonly
found in nature include Fluorine, Chlorine, Iodine and Bromine. Halides tend
to have fairly simply ordered structures and therefore a high degree of
for Diaboleite: In England, at the Higher Pitts Farm,
Mendip Hills, and the Merehead quarry, near Shepton
Mallet, Somerset; at Padstow Consols, Padstow, Cornwall.
In Germany, from the Christian-Levin mine, near Essen,
North Rhine-Westphalia, and from Richelsdorf, Hesse,
in slag. Along Baratti Beach, Tuscany, Italy, in slag.
At Laurium, Greece, in slag. In the USA, exceptional
crystals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine, Tiger, Pinal
County, and from the Rowley mine, Maricopa County, Arizona.
In Iran, in the Tchah Khuni and other mines in the Anarak
district; the Seh-Changi mine, near Neyband, Khorassan;
and at Abdol Abad, Tabas. From Moolyella, and at the
Anticline prospect, 11 km west-southwest of Ashburton
Downs homestead, Capricorn Range, Western Australia.
In the Santa Ana mine, Caracoles, Sierra Gorda district,
Chile. Found at an undefined locality in the Kopet-
Dag Range, Cheleken Peninsula, Russia.