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Marićite

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Formula:
NaFe2+(PO4)
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Dark gray, Brown to pale ...
Hardness:
4
Name:
Named by Darko Sturman and Joseph Mandarino in 1977 in honor of Luka Marić [1899-1979], professor of mineralogy, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Dimorph of:
Isostructural with:
This page provides mineralogical data about Marićite.

Classification of Marićite

Approved
8.AC.20

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
A : Phosphates, etc. without additional anions, without H2O
C : With medium-sized and large cations
Dana 7th ed.:
38.1.2.1
38.1.2.1

38 : ANHYDROUS NORMAL PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, AND VANADATES
1 : ABXO4
19.1.15

19 : Phosphates
1 : Phosphates of the alkali metals
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Type Occurrence of Marićite

Geological Setting of Type Material:
In veined phosphatic ironstone

Physical Properties of Marićite

Sub-Vitreous, Greasy
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Translucent
Colour:
Dark gray, Brown to pale brown, nearly colorless
Streak:
White to light gray white
Hardness (Mohs):
4
Hardness Data:
Estimated
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
None Observed
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven, Splintery
Comment:
May follow the splintery pattern of the mineral's growth
Density:
3.66 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.70 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Marićite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pmna
Space Group Setting:
Pmna
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.867Å, b = 8.989Å, c = 5.049Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.764 : 1 : 0.562
Unit Cell Volume:
V 311.66 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Radial aggregates.
Comment:
Pmnb; Can Min (1977) 15:518 (structure) pseudohexagonal
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
4.4 (20)
3.71 (40)
2.73 (90)
2.71 (80)
2.57 (100)
2.53 (30)
1.881 (30)
21.853 (60)
Comments:
ICDD 29-1216

Optical Data of Marićite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.676 nβ = 1.695 nγ = 1.698
2V:
Measured: 44°
Birefringence:
0.022
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.022
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Dispersion:
r>v, weak
Optical Extinction:
XYZ=abc
Pleochroism:
Non-pleochroic

Chemical Properties of Marićite

Formula:
NaFe2+(PO4)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Marićite to other Species

8.AC.05HowardevansiteNaCuFe2(VO4)3
8.AC.10Alluaudite(Na,Ca)Mn2+(Fe3+,Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg)2(PO4)3
8.AC.10ArseniopleiteNaCaMn2+(Mn2+,Mg)2(AsO4)3
8.AC.10Caryinite(Na,Pb)(Ca,Na)(Ca,Mn2+)(Mn2+,Mg,Fe3+)2(AsO4)3
8.AC.10Ferroalluaudite(Na,Ca)Fe2+(Fe3+,Mn2+,Fe2+)2(PO4)3
8.AC.10HagendorfiteNaCaMn2+Fe22+(PO4)3
8.AC.10JohilleriteNa(Mg,Zn)3Cu(AsO4)3
8.AC.10Maghagendorfite(□,Na,)(Na,Ca,Fe2+)Mn(Mg,Fe2+,Fe3+)3(PO4)3
8.AC.10NickenichiteNa0.8Ca0.4Cu0.4(Mg,Fe)3(AsO4)3
8.AC.10VaruliteNaCaMn2+Mn22+(PO4)3
8.AC.10FerrohagendorfiteNaCaFe2+Fe22+(PO4)3
8.AC.10BradaczekiteNaCu4(AsO4)3
8.AC.10YazganiteNaFe23+(Mg,Mn2+)(AsO4)3 · H2O
8.AC.10GroatiteNaCaMn2(PO4)(HPO4)2
8.AC.15BobfergusoniteNa2Mn5FeAl(PO4)6
8.AC.15Ferrowyllieite(Na,Ca,Mn)(Fe,Mn)(Fe,Fe,Mg)Al(PO4)3
8.AC.15QingheiiteNaMn3+Mg(Al,Fe3+)(PO4)3
8.AC.15Rosemaryite(Na,Ca,Mn)(Mn,Fe2+)(Fe3+,Mg)Al(PO4)3
8.AC.15Wyllieite(Na,Ca,Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Fe,Mg)Al(PO4)3
8.AC.15Ferrorosemaryite◻NaFe2+Fe3+Al(PO4)3
8.AC.15Qingheiite-(Fe2+)Na2Fe2+MgAl(PO4)3
8.AC.18ManitobaiteNa16Mn2+ 25Al8(PO4)30
8.AC.25BerzeliiteNaCa2(Mg,Mn2+)2(AsO4)3
8.AC.25Manganberzeliite(Ca,Na)3(Mn2+,Mg)2(AsO4)3
8.AC.25Palenzonaite(Ca,Na)3CaMn22+(VO4)3
8.AC.25SchäferiteCa2NaMg2(VO4)3
8.AC.30BrianiteNa2CaMg(PO4)2
8.AC.35Vitusite-(Ce)Na3(Ce,La,Nd)(PO4)2
8.AC.40Olgite(Sr,Ba)(Na,Sr,REE)2Na(PO4)2
8.AC.40Bario-olgite(Ba,Sr)(Na,Sr,REE)2Na(PO4)2 ·
8.AC.45StrontiowhitlockiteSr9Mg(PO4)6(HPO4)
8.AC.45WhitlockiteCa9Mg(PO4)6(HPO4)
8.AC.45MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
8.AC.45TuiteCa3(PO4)2
8.AC.45FerromerrilliteCa9NaFe2+(PO4)7
8.AC.45BobdownsiteCa9Mg(PO4)6(PO3F)
8.AC.50Chladniite{Ca}{Na8}{Ca4Na4}{(Mg,Fe2+)43}(PO4)36
8.AC.50Fillowite{Mn2+}{Na8}{Ca4Na4}{(Mn2+,Fe2+)43}(PO4)36
8.AC.50JohnsomervilleiteNa10Ca6Mg18Fe25(PO4)36
8.AC.50Galileiite{Fe2+}{Na8}{Fe42+Na4}{Fe432+}(PO4)36
8.AC.50Stornesite-(Y){(Y, Ca)}{Na62}{(Ca,Na)8}{(Mg,Fe2+)43}(PO4)36
8.AC.50XenophylliteNa4Fe72+(PO4)6
8.AC.55HarrisoniteCa(Fe2+,Mg)6(PO4)2(SiO4)2
8.AC.60KosnariteKZr2(PO4)3
8.AC.65Panethite(Na,Ca)2(Mg,Fe2+)2(PO4)2
8.AC.70StanfielditeCa7Ca2Mg9(PO4)12
8.AC.75RonneburgiteK2MnV4O12
8.AC.80Tillmannsite(Ag3Hg)(VO4,AsO4)
8.AC.85FilatoviteK(Al,Zn)2(As,Si)2O8
19.1.1LithiophosphateLi3PO4
19.1.2OlympiteNa5Li(PO4)2
19.1.3NahpoiteNa2HPO4
19.1.4DorfmaniteNa2HPO4 · 2H2O
19.1.5NalipoiteNaLi2PO4
19.1.6StercoriteNa(NH4)HPO4 · 4H2O
19.1.7Archerite(K,NH4)(H2PO4)
19.1.8Biphosphammite(NH4,K)(H2PO4)
19.1.9Phosphammite(NH4)2(HPO4)
19.1.10LithiophiliteLiMn2+PO4
19.1.11SickleriteLi1-x(Mnx3+Mn2+1-x)PO4
19.1.12FerrisickleriteLi1-x(Fex3+Fe2+1-x)PO4
19.1.13TriphyliteLiFe2+PO4
19.1.14TavoriteLiFe3+(PO4)(OH)

Other Names for Marićite

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:磷铁钠石

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Marićite

Reference List:
STURMAN, B.D., MANDARINO, J.A. & CORLETT, M.I. (1977): Marićite, a sodium iron phosphate, from the Big Fish River area, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist 15, 396-398.

LE PAGE, Y. & DONNAY, G. (1977): The crystal structure of the new mineral marićite. Canadian Mineralogist 15, 518-521.

ROBINSON, G.W., VAN VELTHUIZEN, J., ANSELL, H.G. & STURMAN, B.D. (1992): Mineralogy of the Rapid Creek and Big Fish River area Yukon Territory. Mineralogical Record 23, 1-47.

Tremaine, P.R. and Xiao, C. (1999) Enthalpies of formation and heat capacity functions for maricite, NaFePO4(cr), and sodium iron(III) hydroxy phosphate, Na3Fe(PO4)2·Na4/3H2/3O)(cr). Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics: 31: 1307-1320.

Internet Links for Marićite

Localities for Marićite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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.
Antarctica
 
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • Mount Howe
Meteoritics 25,357(1990)
Canada (TL)
 
  • Yukon Territory
    • Dawson Mining District
STURMAN, B.D., MANDARINO, J.A. & CORLETT, M.I. (1977): Marićite, a sodium iron phosphate, from the Big Fish River area, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist 15, 396-398. ROBINSON, G.W., VAN VELTHUIZEN, J., ANSELL, H.G. & STURMAN, B.D. (1992): Mineralogy of the Rapid Creek and Big Fish River area Yukon Territory. Mineralogical Record 23, 1-47. LE PAGE, Y. & DONNAY, G. (1977): The crystal structure of the new mineral marićite. Canadian Mineralogist 15, 518-521.
Robinson, G.W., Van Velthuizen, J., Ansell, H.G. & Sturman, B.D. (1992): Mineralogy of the Rapid Creek and Big Fish River area, Yukon Territory. Mineralogical Record 23, 1-47.
Germany
 
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge
      • Ehrenfriedersdorf
Thomas, R., and Webster, J.D. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 570-582.
Greenland
 
  • Qaasuitsup
    • Saviksoah Peninsula
Kracher, A., G.Kurat, V.F.Buchwald, Geochemical J. 11,207-217(1977)
India
 
  • Uttar Pradesh
Johnson, C.L., D.S. Lauretta, and P.R. Buseck, A High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Study of Fine-Grained Phosphates in Metal From the Bishunpur LL3.1 Ordinary Chondrite, 63rd Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting (5303.pdf); Lauretta, Dante S., Peter R. Buseck, and Thomas J. Zega (2001) Opaque minerals in the matrix of the Bishunpur (LL3.1) chondrite: constraints on the chondrule formation environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 65(8)(15 April 2001): 1337-1353.
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