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Glaukosphaerite

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Formula:
(Cu,Ni)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
System:MonoclinicHardness:3 - 4
Member of:Rosasite Group

Classification of Glaukosphaerite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/C.01-60
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:5.BA.10

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
B : Carbonates with additional anions, without H2O
A : With Cu, Co, Ni, Zn, Mg, Mn
Dana 8th edition ID:16a.3.1.3

16a : ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
3 : (AB)2(XO3)Zq
Hey's CIM Ref.:11.14.8

11 : Carbonates
14 : Carbonates of Co and Ni
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Type Occurrence of Glaukosphaerite

Type Locality:Hampton East Location 48, Kambalda Nickel mines, Kambalda, Coolgardie Shire, Western Australia, Australia
Year of Discovery:1974

Physical Properties of Glaukosphaerite

Hardness (Mohs):3 - 4

Crystallography of Glaukosphaerite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 9.34Å, b = 11.93Å, c = 3.07Å
β = 91°
Ratio:a:b:c = 0.783 : 1 : 0.257
Unit Cell Volume:V 342.03 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Glaukosphaerite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.690 nβ = 1.830 nγ = 1.830
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.140

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Very High
Dispersion:weak to moderate

Chemical Properties of Glaukosphaerite

Formula:
(Cu,Ni)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Simplified for copy/paste:(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Essential elements:C, Cu, H, O
All elements listed in formula:C, Cu, H, Ni, O

Relationship of Glaukosphaerite to other Species

Member of:Rosasite Group
Other Members of Group:

- +
Mcguinnessite
(Mg,Cu)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Parádsasvárite
Zn
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Pokrovskite
Mg
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Rosasite
(Cu,Zn)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Zincrosasite
(Zn,Cu)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
5.BA.05Azurite
Cu
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Georgeite
Cu
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
· 6H
 
2
O
5.BA.10Kolwezite
(Cu,Co)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Malachite
Cu
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Mcguinnessite
(Mg,Cu)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Nullaginite
Ni
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Pokrovskite
Mg
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Rosasite
(Cu,Zn)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Zincrosasite
(Zn,Cu)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.10Chukanovite
Fe
2+
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
5.BA.15Aurichalcite
(Zn,Cu)
 
5
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
5.BA.15Hydrozincite
Zn
 
5
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
5.BA.20Holdawayite
Mn
 
6
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
7
(Cl,OH)
5.BA.25Defernite
Ca
 
6
(CO
 
3
)
 
2-x
(SiO
 
4
)
 
x
(OH)
 
7
(Cl,OH)
 
1-2x
(x<0.5)
5.BA.25UM1977-03-COSiO:CaClH
Ca
 
10
(SiO
 
4
)(CO
 
3
)
 
7
(Cl,OH)
 
2
5.BA.30Loseyite
(Mn
2+
 
,Zn,Mg)
 
4
Zn
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
10
5.BA.30Sclarite
(Zn,Mg,Mn
2+
 
)
 
4
Zn
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
10
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
11.14.1Spherocobaltite
CoCO
 
3
11.14.2Kolwezite
(Cu,Co)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
11.14.3Nullaginite
Ni
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
11.14.4Hellyerite
NiCO
 
3
· 6H
 
2
O
11.14.5Otwayite
Ni
 
2
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
2
· H
 
2
O
11.14.6Zaratite
Ni
 
3
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
11.14.7Kambaldaite
NaNi
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
3
(OH)
 
3
· 3H
 
2
O
11.14.9Gaspéite
(Ni,Mg,Fe)CO
 
3
11.14.10Reevesite
Ni
 
6
Fe
3+
2
(OH)
 
16
(CO
 
3
) · 4H
 
2
O
11.14.11Comblainite
Ni
 
4
Co
 
2
(OH)
 
12
[CO
 
3
] · 3H
 
2
O
11.14.12Szymańskiite
Hg
 
16
(Ni,Mg)
 
6
(CO
 
3
)
 
12
(OH)
 
12
· 11H
 
2
O

Other Names for Glaukosphaerite

Synonyms:
GlaucosphaeriteIMA1972-028
Other Languages:
German:Glaukosphaerit
Glaukosphärit
Spanish:Glaukosphaerita

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 Glaukosphaerite

Reference List:

- +
Mineralogical Magazine: 39: 737-743.

Canadian Mineralogist: 14: 574-576.

Canadian Mineralogist: 19: 315-324.

Perchiazzi, N. & Merlino, S. (2006): The malachite-rosasite group: crystal structures of glaukosphaerite and pokrovskite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 18, 787-792.

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  • Localities for Glaukosphaerite

    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.
    Australia
     
    • Western Australia
      • Coolgardie Shire
        • Kambalda
          • Kambalda Nickel mines
    Pryce, M. W. and Just, J. (1974): Glaukosphaerite: A New Nickel Analogue of Rosasite. Mineralogical Magazine. 39, 737-743
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743
            • Otter Juan mine
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743
        • Widgiemooltha
    No reference listed
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743
      • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire
        • Broad Arrow
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743
      • Laverton Shire
        • Laverton
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39:737-743
      • Menzies Shire
        • Menangina Station
    Mineralogical Magazine 1974 39 : 737-743; Min Mag (1979) 43, 97-98
    Austria
     
    • Salzburg
      • Saalfelden
        • Leogang
          • Hütten
            • Schwarzleograben
              • Schwarzleo District
    C.Auer (2014)
    • Tyrol
      • North Tyrol
        • Inn valley
          • Brixlegg - Schwaz area
            • Brixlegg - Rattenberg
              • Geyer - Silberberg District
                • Silberberg
    Schnorrer, G. and Poeverlein, R. (2002) Schwaz-Brixlegg-Fundstellen: 2. Die Minerale des Stockerstollens bei Brixlegg in Tirol. Aufschluss, 53, 209-228.
        • Stanz valley
          • Flirsch
    J. Gröbner, U. Kolitsch, R. Poeverlein & M. Strasser (2009): Ein ungewöhnliches Fahlerzvorkommen bei der Flirscher Schihütte im Stanzer Tal, Tirol. Lapis 34, 13-19; 58.
    Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
     
    • Katanga (Shaba)
      • Katanga Copper Crescent
        • Swambo
    Lapis 17(3), 13-40 (1992)
    France
     
    • Languedoc-Roussillon
      • Pyrénées-Orientales
        • Oms
    Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 2007, 95, 3-24.; Mills, S.J., Kampf, A.R., Housley, R.M., Favreau, G., Pasero, M., Biagioni, C., Merlino, S., Berbain, C., Orlandi, P. (2012): Omsite, (Ni,Cu)2Fe3+(OH)6[Sb(OH)6], a new member of the cualstibite group from Oms, France. Mineralogical Magazine, 76, 1347-1354.
    Germany
     
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Siegerland
        • Siegen
          • Achenbach
    Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
    Greece
     
    • Attikí Prefecture (Attica; Attika)
      • Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium)
        • Lavrion District Mines
          • Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium)
    Schnorrer, G. & Breitenbach, H. (1996): Lavrion: Neufunde aus dem antiken Bergbau und in historischen Schlacken. Lapis, 21 (1), 45-48; 62.
    Japan
     
    • Honshu Island
      • Chubu Region
        • Aichi prefecture
          • Shinshiro city
    Matsubara, S. and Kato A. (1993) Jour. Japan Ass. Min. Petr. Econ. Geol., 88(11), 515-524 (in japanese).
    Romania
     
    CanMin 40:1693-1703.
      • Nucet
        • Băiţa Mining District (Baita Bihor; Rézbánya)
          • Codreanu Mine
    Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 40, pp. 1693-1703 (2002)
    • Mehedinti Co.
      • Almas Mts
    Koller G.2009-2010 Own found.
    South Africa
     
    • Limpopo Province
      • Vhembe District
    Minerals of South Africa
    Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa.
    Spain
     
    • Andalusia
      • Almería
        • Huércal-Overa
          • Cuesta Alta
            • Cerro Minado Mines
    VIÑALS, J., FAVREAU, G., and EYTIER C. & J.-R. (2010): Bobkingite, capgaronnite, juanitaite, gerhardtite, reevesite and other rare minerals from Cerro Minado, Huercal-Overa (Almería). Mineral Up, 4, 3, 6-23 Versions simultaneously published in Catalan (Mineralogistes de Catalunya); in Spanish version (Revista de Minerales).
    Switzerland
     
    • Wallis (Valais)
      • Anniviers Valley
        • Ayer
    Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
    USA
     
    • Nevada
      • Clark Co.
        • Bunkerville District
          • Whitney Pocket Basin
    Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.; Mineralogical Record 22:383
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