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Povondraite

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Formula:
NaFe33+(Mg2Fe43+)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
System:
Trigonal
Colour:
Dark brown to brownish ...
Lustre:
Resinous
Hardness:
7
Name:
Named for Pavel Povondra (b. 1924-), mineralogist at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Povondraite was redefined (IMA 90-E) from the original “ferridravite” (Walenta and Dunn 1979) because the initially assumed site assignments were incorrect and did not correspond to the Fe3+-equivalent of dravite (Grice et al. 1993). Hawthorne and Henry (1999) suggested that Mg is ordered at the Z site and should be part of the end-member formula.

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Classification of Povondraite

Redefined Approved 1990
9.CK.05

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
C : Cyclosilicates
K : [Si6O18]12- 6-membered single rings, with insular complex anions
Dana 7th ed.:
61.3.1.8
61.3.1.6

61 : CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
3 : Six-Membered Rings with borate groups
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First Recorded Occurrence of Povondraite

Place of Conservation of First Recorded Material:
Smithsonian
Year of Discovery:
1979

Occurrences of Povondraite

Geological Setting:
Saltdome caprock

Physical Properties of Povondraite

Resinous
Colour:
Dark brown to brownish black
Streak:
Brown
Hardness (Mohs):
7
Cleavage:
None Observed

Crystallography of Povondraite

Crystal System:
Trigonal
Cell Parameters:
a = 16.18Å, c = 7.44Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 0.46
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,686.79 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Povondraite

Type:
Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.820 nε = 1.751
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.069
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of Povondraite

Formula:
NaFe33+(Mg2Fe43+)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
K,Mg,Al,Cu,Pb,Sn,Ti,V,H2O

Relationship of Povondraite to other Species

Other Members of Group:
AdachiiteCaFe3Al6(Si5AlO18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Chromium-draviteNa(Mg3)Cr63+(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Chromo-alumino-povondraiteNa(Cr3)(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
DarrellhenryiteNa(LiAl2)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)3O
DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
FeruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Fluor-buergeriteNa(Fe33+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3F
Fluor-draviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-elbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-feruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-liddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-schorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-tsilaisiteNa(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-uviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Foitite(□,Na)(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH
LiddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Luinaite-(OH)Na(Fe2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Magnesio-foitite(□,Na)(Mg2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
MaruyamaiteK(MgAl2)(Al5Mg)(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)3O
OleniteNa(Al3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3(OH)
Oxy-chromium-draviteNa(Cr)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-draviteNa(MgAl2)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-schorlNa(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-vanadium-draviteNa(V)3(V4Mg2)Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O
Rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
TsilaisiteNa(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
UM2000-64-SiO:BFeHKMgK, Mg, Fe, Si, B, O, H
Unnamed (Pb-dominant Tourmaline)(Pb,Na)(Li,Al)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F,OH)
UviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F/OH)
Vanadio-oxy-chromium-draviteNa(V)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Vanadio-oxy-draviteNaV3(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
9.CK.Fluor-schorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
9.CK.05Fluor-buergeriteNa(Fe33+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3F
9.CK.05Chromium-draviteNa(Mg3)Cr63+(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05FeruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05Foitite(□,Na)(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH
9.CK.05LiddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05OleniteNa(Al3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3(OH)
9.CK.05SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05Magnesio-foitite(□,Na)(Mg2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05Rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
9.CK.05Oxy-vanadium-draviteNa(V)3(V4Mg2)Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O
9.CK.05Oxy-draviteNa(MgAl2)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
9.CK.05Oxy-rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
9.CK.05Chromo-alumino-povondraiteNa(Cr3)(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
9.CK.05Fluor-draviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
9.CK.05Fluor-uviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
9.CK.10Abenakiite-(Ce)Na26Ce6(Si6O18)(PO4)6(CO3)6(SO3)
9.CK.15ScawtiteCa7(Si3O9)2CO3 · 2H2O
9.CK.20Steenstrupine-(Ce)Na14Mn22+(Fe3+,Mn3+)2Ce6(Zr,Th)(Si6O18)2(PO4)6(HPO4)(OH)2 · 2H2O
9.CK.20ThorosteenstrupineCaMnThSi4O11(OH)F · 6H2O
61.3.1.1Foitite(□,Na)(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH
61.3.1.2Magnesio-foitite(□,Na)(Mg2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.3Rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.4LiddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.5UviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F/OH)
61.3.1.5Fluor-uviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
61.3.1.6FeruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.7Fluor-buergeriteNa(Fe33+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3F
61.3.1.9OleniteNa(Al3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3(OH)
61.3.1.10ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.11DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.12SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.13Chromium-draviteNa(Mg3)Cr63+(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
61.3.1.14Oxy-vanadium-draviteNa(V)3(V4Mg2)Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O

Other Names for Povondraite

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 Povondraite

Reference List:
Walenta, K. & Dunn, P. J. (1979): Ferridravite, a new mineral of the tourmaline group from Bolivia. American Mineralogist, 64, 945-948.

Grice, J.D., T.S. Ercit, and F.C. Hawthorne (1993): Povondraite, a redefinition of the tourmaline ferridravite. American Mineralogist 78, 433-436.

Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

New Minerals (1997), New Minerals 1990-1994.

Zacek, V., Petrov, A., and Hyrsl, J. (1998): Chemistry and origin of povondraite-bearing rocks from Alto Chapare, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Journal of the Czech Geological Society 43, 59-67.

Žáček, V., Frýda, J., Petrov, A. and Hyršl, J. (2000): Tourmalines of the povondraite-(oxy)dravite series from the caps rocks of meta-evaporite in Alto Chapare, Cochamba, Bolivia. Journal of the Czech Geological Society, 45, 3-12.

Internet Links for Povondraite

Localities for Povondraite

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.
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Argyle Co.
Jones, B. G., Carr, P. F. & Condliffe, E. (1981): Ferrian tourmaline from Bungonia, New South Wales. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia 28, 13-17.
  • Western Australia
    • Upper Gascoyne Shire
      • Yinnietharra (Yinnietharra Station; Yinnetharra)
Fetherston, J.M., Stocklmayer, S., Stockmayer, V.C.(2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA (confirmed after much conjecture)
        • Tomkap tourmaline mines (Soklich)
T Kapitany (pers comm)
Austria
 
  • Styria
    • Packalpe
      • Pack
        • Pegmatite outcrops
B. Moser, H. P. Bojar: Carinthia II 192./112.:216-217 (2002)
Bolivia
 
  • Cochabamba Department
    • Chapare Province
Mineralogical Record: 32: 461; Zacek, V., Petrov, A., and Hyrsl, J. (1998), Chemistry and origin of povondraite-bearing rocks from Alto Chapare, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Journal of the Czech Geological Society: 43: 59-67.
        • Cristalmayu subdistrict
          • Cristalmayu
(erroneously attributed to San Francisco mine in the type description)
(erroneously attributed to this mine in the type description)
Brazil
 
  • Minas Gerais
    • Jequitinhonha Valley
      • Coronel Murta
        • Barra de Salinas
erroneously reported [MinRec 33:209]
Slovakia
 
  • Bratislava Region
    • Bratislava Co.
- Bačík P., Uher P., Sýkora M., Lipka J., 2008: Low-Al tourmalines of the schorl-dravite - povondraite series in redeposited tourmalinites from the Western Carpathians, Slovakia. Canadian Mineralogist, 46, 5, 1117-1129.
        • Devín
- Bačík P., Uher P., Sýkora M., Lipka J., 2008: Low-Al tourmalines of the schorl-dravite - povondraite series in redeposited tourmalinites from the Western Carpathians, Slovakia. Canadian Mineralogist, 46, 5, 1117-1129.
USA
 
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Ogdensburg
Robert Jemkins; FrOg On-line #1998-06
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