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Chemical Properties of Spinel Group


Relationship of Spinel Group to other Species

Group Members:
Chromite Fe2+Cr23+O4
Cochromite (Co,Ni,Fe)(Cr,Al)2O4
Coulsonite Fe2+V23+O4
Cuprospinel Cu2+Fe23+O4
Filipstadite (Sb0.5Fe0.5)Mn2O4
Franklinite Zn2+Fe23+O4
Gahnite ZnAl2O4
Galaxite (Mn,Fe,Mg)(Al,Fe)2O4
Hercynite Fe2+Al2O4
Jacobsite Mn2+Fe23+O4
Magnesiochromite Mg(Cr,Al,Fe)2O4
Magnesiocoulsonite MgV2O4
Magnesioferrite MgFe23+O4
Magnetite Fe2+Fe23+O4
Manganochromite (Mn,Fe)(Cr,V)2O4
Nichromite (Ni,Co,Fe)(Cr,Fe,Al)2O4
Qandilite (Mg,Fe)2(Ti,Fe,Al)O4
Spinel MgAl2O4
Trevorite Ni2+Fe23+O4
Ulvöspinel Fe2TiO4
Vuorelainenite (Mn,Fe)(V,Cr)2O4
Zincochromite ZnCr2O4

Other Names for Spinel Group

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:尖晶石族

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 Spinel Group

Reference List:
Rinne (1928), Jb. Min., Beil.-Bd.: 58: 43.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 687-689.

Navrotsky, A. and Kleppa, O.J. (1967), The thermodynamics of cation distributions in simple spinels. Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry: 29: 2701-2714.

Hill, R.J., Craig, J.R., and Gibbs, G.V. (1979) Systematics of the spinel structure type. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 4: 317-339.

Essene, E.J. and Peacor, D.R. (1983) Crystal chemistry and petrology of coexisting galaxite and jacobsite and other spinel solutions and solvi. American Mineralogist: 68: 449-455.

Grimes, N.W., Thompson, P., and Kay, H.F. (1983) New symmetry and structure for spinel. Proceedings of the Royal Society: A386: 333-345.

O'Neill, H. St.C. and Navrotsky, A. (1983), Simple spinels: crystallographic parameters, cation radii, lattice energies, and cation distribution. American Mineralogist: 68: 181-194.

Navrotsky, A. (1986), Cation-distribution energetics and heats of mixing in MgFe2O4-MgAl2O4, ZnFe2O4-ZnAl2O4, and NiAl2O4-ZnAl2O4 spinels: study by high-temperature calorimetry. American Mineralogist: 71: 1160-1169.

Princivalle, F., Della Giusta, A., and Carbonin, S. (1989) Comparative crystal chemistry of spinels from some suites of ultramafic rocks. Mineralogy and Petrology: 40: 117-126.

O'Neill, H.St.C. and Dollase, W.A. (1994) Crystal structures and cation distribution in simple spinels from powder XRD structural refinements: MgCr2O4, ZnCr2O4, Fe3O4, and the temperature dependence of the cation distribution in ZnAl2O4. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 20: 541-555.

Hazen, R.M. and Yang, H. (1999), effects of cation substitution and order-disorder on P-V-T equations of state of cubic spinels. American Mineralogist: 84: 1956-1960.

Lavrentiev, M.Y., Purton, J.A., and Allan, N.L. (2003), Ordering in spinels - a Monte Carlo study. American Mineralogist: 88: 1522-1531.

Papike, J.J., Karner, J.M., and Shearer, C.K. (2005) Comparative planetary mineralogy: Valence-state partitioning of Cr, Fe, Ti and V among crystallographic sites in olivine, pyroxene, and spinel from planetary basalts. American Mineralogist: 90: 277-290.

Internet Links for Spinel Group

Localities for Spinel Group

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