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|Quintinite Group > Hydrotalcite Supergroup|
|Name:||Named in 1980 by Paul Piret and Michelle Deliens in honor of Gordon Comblain [August 11, 1920 Hackney, London, England, UK - 1996 Brussels, Belgium]. Comblain, a Belgian citizen, worked as a mining engineer from 1946 till 1965 for the Société des Mines d'Etain du Ruanda-Urundi and did mining and exploratory missions in Central Africa. From 1965 until his retirement in 1985, he worked as a laboratory technician for the department of mineralogy of the Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika, Tervuren, Belgium.|
This page provides mineralogical data about Comblainite.
Classification of Comblainite
|Strunz 8th edition ID:||5/E.03-70|
|Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:||5.DA.50|
5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
D : Carbonates with additional anions, with H2O
A : With medium-sized cations
|Dana 8th edition ID:||16b.6.3.3|
16b : HYDRATED CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
6 : AmBn(XO3)pZq
|Hey's CIM Ref.:||11.14.11|
11 : Carbonates
14 : Carbonates of Co and Ni
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Type Occurrence of Comblainite
|Type Locality:||Shinkolobwe Mine (Kasolo Mine), Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)|
|Year of Discovery:||1980|
Physical Properties of Comblainite
Crystallography of Comblainite
Optical Data of Comblainite
|RI values:||nω = 1.690 nε = 1.684|
|Maximum Birefringence:||δ = 0.006|
Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Chemical Properties of Comblainite
|Simplified for copy/paste:||Ni4Co2(OH)12[CO3]·3H2O|
|Essential elements:||C, Co, H, Ni, O|
|All elements listed in formula:||C, Co, H, Ni, O|
Relationship of Comblainite to other Species
|Member of:||Quintinite Group > Hydrotalcite Supergroup|
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Other Names for Comblainite
|Health Warning:||No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.|
References for Comblainite
American Mineralogist: 65: 1065-1066.
Bulletin de Mineralogie: 103: 113-117.
Mills, S. J., A. G. Christy, J.-M. R. Genin, T. Kameda, and F. Colombo (2012) Nomenclature of the hydrotalcite supergroup: natural layered double hydroxides. Mineralogical Magazine 76(5), 1289-1336.
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Localities for Comblainite
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(TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
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