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Alunite Supergroup

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A = Na, K, Pb, Rb, NH4, Ag, or H2O
D = Al, Fe3+, V3+ or Ga3+

Also known as Alunite Family or Alunite Group.
This supergroup includes: Alunite Group, Beudantite Group, Plumbogummite Group and Dussertite Group. Various other names have been used for these groups (see Mills et al. 2009; Bayliss et al. 2010).

Crystals in the group are generally small, imperfect, and rare. Habit is usually either tabular {0001} or pseudo-cubic (cube-like rhombohedron) to pseudo-cuboctahedral.

Classification of Alunite Supergroup

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Chemical Properties of Alunite Supergroup


A = Na, K, Pb, Rb, NH4, Ag, or H2O
D = Al, Fe3+, V3+ or Ga3+
Simplified for copy/paste:AD3(XO4)2(OH)6

Relationship of Alunite Supergroup to other Species

Group Members:
Alunite Group
Beudantite Group
Dussertite Group
Plumbogummite Group
Unnamed (Ba-Fe Vanadate)
Ba, Fe, V, O, H

Other Names for Alunite Supergroup

Alunite Family
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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 Alunite Supergroup

Reference List:

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Hendricks (1937) American Mineralogist: 22: 773.

Lemmon (1937) American Mineralogist: 22: 939.

McConnell (1942) American Journal of Science: 240: 649.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 555-556.

Mills, S.J., Hatert, F., Nickel, E.H. & Ferraris, G. (2009) The standardisation of mineral group hierarchies: application to recent nomenclature proposals. Eur. J. Mineral. 21: 1073–1080.

Sato, E., Nakai, I., Miyawaki, R. & Matsubara, S. (2009): Crystal structures of alunite family minerals: beaverite, corkite, alunite, natroalunite, jarosite, svanbergite, and woodhouseite. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie Abhandlungen 185, 313-322.

Bayliss, P., Kolitsch, U., Nickel, E.H., Pring, A. (2010): Alunite supergroup: recommended nomenclature. Mineralogical Magazine, 74, 919-927.

Grey, I. E. Shanks, F. L. Wilson, N. C. Mumme, W. G. and Birch, W. D. (2011): Carbon incorporation in plumbogummite-group minerals. Mineral. Mag. 75, 145-158.

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