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Mélonjosephite

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Formula:
CaFe
2+
 
Fe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
Colour:Dark green, nearly black.Hardness:5
Name:Named in honour of Joseph Mélon (born Ieper, Belgium, January 19, 1898, passed away in Liège, Belgium, March 8, 1991), scientific collaborator and later professor in mineralogy at the university of Liège, Belgium.


Structurally related to kapundaite.

Classification of Mélonjosephite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:7/B.23-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:8.BG.10

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
G : With medium-sized and large cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 0.5:1
Dana 8th edition ID:41.10.5.1

41 : ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
10 : (AB)3(XO4)2Zq
Hey's CIM Ref.:19.14.18

19 : Phosphates
14 : Phosphates of Fe and other metals
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Type Occurrence of Mélonjosephite

Type Locality:Angarf-South pegmatite, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Physical Properties of Mélonjosephite

Lustre:Adamantine, Greasy
Colour:Dark green, nearly black.
Streak:Greenish
Hardness (Mohs):5

Optical Data of Mélonjosephite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.720 nβ = 1.770 nγ = 1.800
2V:Measured: 80° to 85°, Calculated: 72°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.080

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

Chemical Properties of Mélonjosephite

Formula:
CaFe
2+
 
Fe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
Simplified for copy/paste:CaFe2+Fe3+(PO4)2(OH)
Essential elements:Ca, Fe, H, O, P
All elements listed in formula:Ca, Fe, H, O, P

Relationship of Mélonjosephite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
8.BG.05Arsentsumebite
Pb
 
2
Cu(AsO
 
4
)(SO
 
4
)(OH)
8.BG.05Bearthite
Ca
 
2
Al(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05Brackebuschite
Pb
 
2
(Mn
3+
 
,Fe
3+
 
)(VO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05Gamagarite
Ba
 
2
(Fe
3+
 
,Mn
3+
 
)(VO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05Goedkenite
(Sr,Ca)
 
2
Al(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05UM1994-19-PO:CuHMoPb
Pb
 
2
Cu(PO
 
4
)(MoO
 
4
,AsO
 
4
,CrO
 
4
,GaO
 
4
)(OH)
8.BG.05Tsumebite
Pb
 
2
Cu(PO
 
4
)(SO
 
4
)(OH)
8.BG.05Arsenbrackebuschite
Pb
 
2
Fe
3+
 
(AsO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05Feinglosite
Pb
 
2
(Zn,Fe
2+
 
)(AsO
 
4
)(H
 
2
O)
8.BG.05Bushmakinite
Pb
 
2
Al(PO
 
4
)(VO
 
4
)(OH)
8.BG.05Tokyoite
Ba
 
2
(Mn
3+
 
,Fe
3+
 
)(VO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.05Calderónite
Pb
 
2
Fe
3+
 
(VO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
8.BG.15Tancoite
LiNa
 
2
Al(PO
 
4
)(HPO
 
4
)(OH)
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
19.14.1Cyrilovite
NaFe
3+
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
4
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.2Kidwellite
NaFe
3+
9
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
11
· 3H
 
2
O
19.14.3Rosemaryite
(Na,Ca,Mn)(Mn,Fe
2+
 
)(Fe
3+
 
,Mg)Al(PO
 
4
)
 
3
19.14.4Wyllieite
(Na,Ca,Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Fe,Mg)Al(PO
 
4
)
 
3
19.14.5Ferrowyllieite
(Na,Ca,Mn)(Fe,Mn)(Fe,Fe,Mg)Al(PO
 
4
)
 
3
19.14.6Natrodufrénite
NaFe
2+
 
Fe
3+
5
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.7Leucophosphite
KFe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
19.14.8Spheniscidite
(NH
 
4
,K)(Fe
3+
 
,Al)
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
19.14.9Burangaite
NaFe
2+
 
Al
 
5
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.10Satterlyite
(Fe
2+
 
,Mg,Fe
3+
 
)
 
2
(PO
 
4
)(OH,O)
19.14.11Ushkovite
MgFe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
19.14.12Garyansellite
(Mg,Fe)
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH,O) · 1.5H
 
2
O
19.14.13Thadeuite
Ca(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH,F)
 
2
19.14.14Anapaite
Ca
 
2
Fe
2+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
19.14.15Xanthoxenite
Ca
 
4
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
19.14.16Calcioferrite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH) · 7H
 
2
O
19.14.17Mitridatite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
19.14.19Delvauxite
CaFe
 
4
(PO
 
4
,SO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
8
· 4-6H
 
2
O not confirmed ·
19.14.20Collinsite
Ca
 
2
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)(PO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.21Segelerite
Ca
 
2
Mg
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
19.14.22Kingsmountite
Ca
 
4
(Fe
2+
 
,Mn
2+
 
)Al
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 12H
 
2
O
19.14.23Vauxite
Fe
2+
 
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 6H
 
2
O
19.14.24Metavauxite
Fe
2+
 
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
19.14.25Paravauxite
Fe
2+
 
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
19.14.26Sigloite
Fe
3+
 
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
3
· 7H
 
2
O
19.14.27Cacoxenite
Fe
3+
24
Al(PO
 
4
)
 
17
O
 
6
(OH)
 
12
· 17H
 
2
O
19.14.28Koninckite
Fe
3+
 
PO
 
4
· 3H
 
2
O
19.14.29Lazulite
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
19.14.30Scorzalite
Fe
2+
 
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
19.14.31Souzalite
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
3
(Al,Fe
3+
 
)
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.32Gormanite
(Fe
2+
 
,Mg)
 
3
(Al,Fe
3+
 
)
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 2H
 
2
O
19.14.33Zaïrite
Bi(Fe
3+
 
,Al)
 
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6

Other Names for Mélonjosephite

Synonyms:
IMA1973-012
Other Languages:
German:Mélonjosephit
Spanish:Mélonjosephita

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 Mélonjosephite

Reference List:

- +
Fransolet, A.-M. (1973): La mélonjosephite, CaFe2+Fe3+(PO4)2(OH), une nouvelle espèce minérale. Bull. Soc. fr. Minéral., 96, 135–142 (in French with English abs.).

American Mineralogist (1975): 60: 946.

Kampf, A.R. and P.B. Moore (1977): Melonjosephite, calcium iron hydroxy phosphate: its crystal structure. Am. Mineral., 62, 60–66.


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  • Localities for Mélonjosephite

    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.
    Bolivia
     
    • Potosí Department
      • Rafael Bustillo Province (Bustillos Province)
        • Llallagua
    Hyrsl, J. & A. Petrov (2006): Famous Mineral Localities: Llallagua, Bolivia. Mineralogical Record. 37: 117-162
    Czech Republic
     
    • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
      • Central Bohemia Region
        • Kutná Hora (Kuttenberg)
    Povondra, P., Pivec, E. (eds.) et al.: Přibyslavice peraluminuous granite. Acta universitatis carolinae, Geologica, 1987, no. 3, s . 183 – 283.
    Morocco
     
    • Souss-Massa-Draâ Region
      • Ouarzazate Province
        • Tazenakht
    Fransolet, A.-M. (1973): La mélonjosephite, CaFe2+Fe3+(PO4)2(OH), une nouvelle espèce minérale. Bull. Soc. fr. Minéral., 96, 135–142 (in French with English abs.).
    Namibia
     
    • Erongo Region
      • Karibib District
        • Usakos
    Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 409 (in English).
    http://rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/melonjosephite.pdf
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