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Burckhardtite is a lead tellurium iron aluminosilicate. Gaines et al. (1979) named the mineral in honor of Mexican geologist Carlos Burckhardt (1869-1935), who specialized in the paleontology and stratigraphy of Mexico. Later study by Christy et al. (2014) showed this mineral to have a layer structure, and set the currently accepted formula for the species.

Burckhardtite forms very fine rose red plates, perhaps only 0.2 mm across. This specimen came out in 2007, when exploration for gold around Moctezuma enabled collecting of a ton or two of tellurate bearing rock.