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Rogermitchellite

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Formula:
Na
 
6
Sr
 
12
Ba
 
2
Zr
 
13
Si
 
39
B
 
4
O
 
123
(OH)
 
6
·20H
 
2
O
System:HexagonalColour:Colourless to grey
Name:Named after Dr. Roger Howard Mitchell (b. 1941), Professor Emeritus in the Departement of Geology at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mineralogy and petrology of alkaline rocks.


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Classification of Rogermitchellite

IMA status:Approved 2003
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Type Occurrence of Rogermitchellite

Type Locality:Poudrette quarry (Demix quarry; Uni-Mix quarry; Desourdy quarry; Carrière Mont Saint-Hilaire), Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
Geological Setting of type material:A late-stage igneous breccia in nepheline syenite
Associated Minerals at type locality:
ZirconSodalitePyrrhotiteMicroclineManganoneptunite
Labuntsovite GroupGalenaAnniteAegirine

Physical Properties of Rogermitchellite

Lustre:Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:Colourless to grey

Crystallography of Rogermitchellite

Crystal System:Hexagonal
Class (H-M):6mm - Dihexagonal Pyramidal
Space Group:P63cm
Cell Parameters:a = 26.509Å, c = 9.975Å
Ratio:a:c = 1 : 0.376
Unit Cell Volume:V 6,070.58 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
d-spacingIntensity
5.76(40)
3.924(30)
3.761(90)
3.310(25)
3.150(50)
2.760(100)
1.991(70)
Comments:From type description.

Optical Data of Rogermitchellite

Type:Uniaxial (+)
RI values: nω = 1.640 nε = 1.663
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.023

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

Chemical Properties of Rogermitchellite

Formula:
Na
 
6
Sr
 
12
Ba
 
2
Zr
 
13
Si
 
39
B
 
4
O
 
123
(OH)
 
6
·20H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Na6Sr12Ba2Zr13Si39B4O123(OH)6 ·20H2O
Essential elements:B, Ba, H, Na, O, Si, Sr, Zr
All elements listed in formula:B, Ba, H, Na, O, Si, Sr, Zr

Other Names for Rogermitchellite

Synonyms:
IMA2003-019Unnamed (MSH UK-99)
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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 Rogermitchellite

Reference List:

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McDonald, A.M. & Chao, G.Y. (2010): Rogermitchellite, Na12(Sr,Na)24Ba4Zr26Si78(B,Si)12O246(OH)24·18H2O, a new mineral species from Mont Saint-Hilaire, Québec: description, structure determination and relationship with HFSE-bearing cyclosilicates. Canadian Mineralogist, 48, 267-278.

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  • Localities for Rogermitchellite

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    Canada
     
    • Québec
      • Montérégie
        • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
          • Mont Saint-Hilaire
    McDONALD, A.M., and CHAO, G.Y. (2010): Rogermitchellite, Na12(Sr,Na)24Ba4Zr26Si78(B,Si)12O246(OH)24*18H2O, a new mineral species from Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec: Description, structure determination and relationship with HFSE-bearing cyclosilicates. Canadian Mineralogist. 48: 267-278
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