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Litvinskite

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Formula:
Na
 
2
(◻,Na,Mn)ZrSi
 
6
O
 
12
(OH,O)
 
6
System:MonoclinicColour:dark cherry-red to ...
Hardness:5
Member of:Lovozerite Group
Name:named for Galia Petrovna Litvinskaya (1920-1994), crystallographer, Moscow

Classification of Litvinskite

IMA status:Approved 1999
Strunz 8th edition ID:8/E.16-
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:9.CJ.15a

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
C : Cyclosilicates
J : [Si6O18]12- 6-membered single rings (sechser-Einfachringe), without insular complex anions
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Type Occurrence of Litvinskite

Type Locality:Shkatulka pegmatite, Umbozero mine (Umbozerskii mine), Alluaiv Mt, Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia
General Appearance of Type Material:equant grains
Geological Setting of type material:in a hyperagpaitic pegmatite

Physical Properties of Litvinskite

Lustre:Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:dark cherry-red to reddish-brown
Streak:white
Hardness (Mohs):5
Hardness Data:Measured
Cleavage:Poor/Indistinct
Fracture:Conchoidal
Density (measured):2.61 g/cm3
Density (calculated):2.63 g/cm3

Crystallography of Litvinskite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Class (H-M):m - Domatic
Space Group:Bm {B1 1m} {Cm} {C1m1}
Cell Parameters:a = 10.589Å, b = 10.217Å, c = 7.355Å
β = 92.91°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.036 : 1 : 0.72
Unit Cell Volume:V 794.6 ų
Z:2

Optical Data of Litvinskite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.546 nβ = 1.574 nγ = 1.575
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.029

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Low

Chemical Properties of Litvinskite

Formula:
Na
 
2
(◻,Na,Mn)ZrSi
 
6
O
 
12
(OH,O)
 
6
Simplified for copy/paste:Na2([],Na,Mn)ZrSi6O12(OH,O)6
Essential elements:H, Na, O, Si, Zr
All elements listed in formula:H, Mn, Na, O, Si, Zr

Relationship of Litvinskite to other Species

Member of:Lovozerite Group
Other Members of Group:

- +
Combeite
Na
 
2
Ca
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
 
0.5
Imandrite
Na
 
12
Ca
 
3
Fe
3+
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
 
2
Kapustinite
Na
 
5
(Na,Mn
2+
 
)
 
<1
Zr(H
 
2
Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
Kazakovite
Na
 
6
Mn
2+
 
Ti(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
Koashvite
Na
 
6
(Ca,Mn)(Ti,Fe)Si
 
6
O
 
18
· H
 
2
O
Lovozerite
Na
 
2
CaZr(H
 
4
Si
 
6
O
 
18
) · H
 
2
O
Tisinalite
Na
 
3
H
 
3
(Mn,Ca,Fe)TiSi
 
6
(O,OH)
 
18
· 2H
 
2
O
Zirsinalite
Na
 
6
(Ca,Mn
2+
 
,Fe
2+
 
)Zr(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
9.CJ.05Bazzite
Be
 
3
Sc
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.05Beryl
Be
 
3
Al
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.05Indialite
Mg
 
2
Al
 
3
(AlSi
 
5
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.05Stoppaniite
Be
 
3
Fe
3+
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
) · H
 
2
O
9.CJ.10Cordierite
(Mg,Fe)
 
2
Al
 
3
(AlSi
 
5
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.10Sekaninaite
(Fe,Mg)
 
2
Al
 
3
(AlSi
 
5
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.15aCombeite
Na
 
2
Ca
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
 
0.5
9.CJ.15bImandrite
Na
 
12
Ca
 
3
Fe
3+
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
 
2
9.CJ.15aKazakovite
Na
 
6
Mn
2+
 
Ti(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.15cKoashvite
Na
 
6
(Ca,Mn)(Ti,Fe)Si
 
6
O
 
18
· H
 
2
O
9.CJ.15aLovozerite
Na
 
2
CaZr(H
 
4
Si
 
6
O
 
18
) · H
 
2
O
9.CJ.15aTisinalite
Na
 
3
H
 
3
(Mn,Ca,Fe)TiSi
 
6
(O,OH)
 
18
· 2H
 
2
O
9.CJ.15aZirsinalite
Na
 
6
(Ca,Mn
2+
 
,Fe
2+
 
)Zr(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.15aKapustinite
Na
 
5
(Na,Mn
2+
 
)
 
<1
Zr(H
 
2
Si
 
6
O
 
18
)
9.CJ.25Baratovite
KCa
 
7
(Ti,Zr)
 
2
Li
 
3
Si
 
12
O
 
36
F
 
2
9.CJ.25Katayamalite
KCa
 
7
Ti
 
2
Li
 
3
Si
 
12
O
 
36
(OH)
 
2
9.CJ.25Aleksandrovite
KCa
 
7
Sn
 
2
Li
 
3
Si
 
12
O
 
36
F
 
2
9.CJ.30Dioptase
CuSiO
 
3
· H
 
2
O
9.CJ.35Kostylevite
K
 
2
Zr(Si
 
3
O
 
9
) · H
 
2
O
9.CJ.40Petarasite
Na
 
5
Zr
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)(Cl,OH) · 2H
 
2
O
9.CJ.45Gerenite-(Y)
(Ca,Na)
 
2
(Y,REE)
 
3
Si
 
6
O
 
18
· 2H
 
2
O
9.CJ.50Odintsovite
K
 
2
Na
 
4
Ca
 
3
Ti
 
2
Be
 
4
Si
 
12
O
 
38
9.CJ.55Mathewrogersite
Pb
 
7
FeAl
 
3
GeSi
 
12
O
 
36
(OH,H
 
2
O)
 
6
9.CJ.60Pezzottaite
Cs(Be
 
2
Li)Al
 
2
(Si
 
6
O
 
18
)

Other Names for Litvinskite

Synonyms:
IMA1999-017
Other Languages:
German:Litvinskit
Russian:Литвинскит
Spanish:Litvinskita

Other Information

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 Litvinskite

Reference List:

- +
Pekov, I.V., I.A. Ekimenkova, N.V. Chukanov, A.E. Zadov, N.A. Yamnova & Yu.K. Egorov-Tismenko (2000) Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva (Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society): 129(1): 45-53.

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  • Localities for Litvinskite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (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.
    Canada
     
    • Québec
      • Montérégie
        • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
          • Mont Saint-Hilaire
    TARASSOFF, P. (2007) Cancrisilite, litvinskite and kapustinite from Mont Saint-Hilaire. MICRONEWS, 41(2), 3-4.
    Russia
     
    • Northern Region
      • Murmanskaja Oblast'
        • Kola Peninsula
          • Khibiny Massif
    Pekov, I.V. & Podlesnyi, A.S. (2004): Kukisvumchorr Deposit: Mineralogy of Alkaline Pegmatites and Hydrotermalites. Mineralogical Almanac, vol. 7, 140 pages + xxiv photo's pages
          • Lovozero Massif
            • Alluaiv Mt
              • Umbozero mine (Umbozerskii mine)
    I.V. Pekov et al. (2000) Zap. Vser. Min. Ob. 129(1), 45-53
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