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Ribbeite

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Formula:
(Mn
2+
 
,Mg)
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
System:OrthorhombicColour:Pink
Hardness:5
Member of:Leucophoenicite Subgroup > Humite Group
Name:For US mineralogist Paul Hubert Ribbe (b. 1935)
Isostructural with:Alleghanyite, Chegemite, Chondrodite, Edgrewite, Hydroxylchondrodite, Hydroxylclinohumite, Jerrygibbsite, Kumtyubeite, Leucophoenicite, Manganhumite, Norbergite, Reinhardbraunsite, Sonolite
This page provides mineralogical data about Ribbeite.

Classification of Ribbeite

IMA status:Approved 1985
Strunz 8th edition ID:8/B.04-50
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:9.AF.65

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
A : Nesosilicates
F : Nesosilicates with additional anions; cations in [4], [5] and/or only [6] coordination
Dana 8th edition ID:52.3.2b.4

52 : NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
3 : Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Hey's CIM Ref.:14.17.5

14 : Silicates not Containing Aluminum
17 : Silicates of Mn
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Type Occurrence of Ribbeite

Type Locality:Kombat Mine (Klein Otavi; Asis), Kombat, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Year of Discovery:1985

Physical Properties of Ribbeite

Lustre:Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:Pink
Hardness (Mohs):5

Crystallography of Ribbeite

Crystal System:Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:a = 4.79Å, b = 10.74Å, c = 15.7Å
Ratio:a:b:c = 0.446 : 1 : 1.462
Unit Cell Volume:V 807.68 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Ribbeite

Type:Biaxial (+)
RI values: nα = 1.780 nβ = 1.792 nγ = 1.808
2V:Measured: 83° , Calculated: 84°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.028

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

Chemical Properties of Ribbeite

Formula:
(Mn
2+
 
,Mg)
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
Simplified for copy/paste:(Mn2+,Mg)5(SiO4)2(OH)2
Essential elements:H, Mn, O, Si
All elements listed in formula:H, Mg, Mn, O, Si
Common Impurities:Fe,Ca,H2O

Relationship of Ribbeite to other Species

Member of:Leucophoenicite Subgroup > Humite Group
Other Members of Group:

- +
Jerrygibbsite
Mn
2+
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
Leucophoenicite
Mn
2+
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
2
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
9.AF.05Sillimanite
Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O
9.AF.10Andalusite
Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O
9.AF.10Kanonaite
Mn
3+
 
Al(SiO
 
4
)O
9.AF.15Kyanite
Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O
9.AF.20Mullite
Al
 
4+2x
Si
 
2-2x
O
 
10-x
9.AF.20Krieselite
(Al,Ga)
 
2
(GeO
 
4
)(OH)
 
2
9.AF.23Boromullite
Al
 
9
BSi
 
2
O
 
19
9.AF.25Yoderite
Mg(Al,Fe
3+
 
)
 
3
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
O(OH)
9.AF.30Magnesiostaurolite
(Mg,Li,Fe
2+
 
)
 
1.5-2
Al
 
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.30Staurolite
(Fe
2+
 
,Mg,Zn)
 
1.5-2
Al
 
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
O
 
6
(OH,O)
 
2
9.AF.30Zincostaurolite
(Zn,Li,Fe
2+
 
,Mg)
 
1.5-2
Al
 
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.35Topaz
Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)(F,OH)
 
2
9.AF.40Norbergite
Mg
 
3
(SiO
 
4
)(F,OH)
 
2
9.AF.45Alleghanyite
Mn
2+
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.45Chondrodite
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(F,OH)
 
2
9.AF.45Reinhardbraunsite
Ca
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH,F)
 
2
9.AF.45Kumtyubeite
Ca
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
F
 
2
9.AF.45Hydroxylchondrodite
Mg
 
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.50Humite
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
3
(F,OH)
 
2
9.AF.50Manganhumite
(Mn
2+
 
,Mg)
 
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.50Unnamed (Ca-analogue of Humite)
Ca
 
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
F
 
2
9.AF.55Clinohumite
Mg
 
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
F
 
2
9.AF.55Sonolite
Mn
2+
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH,F)
 
2
9.AF.55Hydroxylclinohumite
Mg
 
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.60Leucophoenicite
Mn
2+
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.70Jerrygibbsite
Mn
2+
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
9.AF.75Franciscanite
Mn
2+
6
(V
5+
 
,☐)
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(O,OH)
 
6
9.AF.75Örebroite
Mn
2+
3
(Sb
5+
 
,Fe
3+
 
)(SiO
 
4
)(O,OH)
 
3
9.AF.75Welinite
Mn
2+
6
(W
6+
 
,Mg)
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(O,OH)
 
6
9.AF.80Ellenbergerite
Mg
 
6
(Mg,Ti,Zr,◻)
 
2
(Al,Mg)
 
6
Si
 
8
O
 
28
(OH)
 
10
9.AF.85Chloritoid
(Fe
2+
 
,Mg,Mn
2+
 
)Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O(OH)
 
2
9.AF.85Magnesiochloritoid
MgAl
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O(OH)
 
2
9.AF.85Ottrélite
(Mn
2+
 
,Fe
2+
 
,Mg)Al
 
2
(SiO
 
4
)O(OH)
 
2
9.AF.90Poldervaartite
CaCa[SiO
 
3
(OH)](OH)
9.AF.90Olmiite
CaMn
2+
 
[SiO
 
3
(OH)](OH)
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
14.17.1Rhodonite
MnSiO
 
3
14.17.2Tephroite
Mn
2+
2
SiO
 
4
14.17.3Braunite
Mn
2+
 
Mn
3+
6
(SiO
 
4
)O
 
8
14.17.4Alleghanyite
Mn
2+
5
(SiO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
14.17.6Leucophoenicite
Mn
2+
7
(SiO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH)
 
2
14.17.7Jerrygibbsite
Mn
2+
9
(SiO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
14.17.8Bementite
Mn
 
7
Si
 
6
O
 
15
(OH)
 
8
14.17.9Parsettensite
K
 
1.2
Mn
 
8
(Si,Al)
 
12
O
 
26
(OH)
 
10
14.17.10Yofortierite
Mn
 
5
Si
 
8
O
 
20
(OH)
 
2
· 8-9H
 
2
O

Other Names for Ribbeite

Synonyms:
IMA1985-045
Other Languages:
German:Ribbeit
Russian:Риббеит
Spanish:Ribbeita

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 Ribbeite

Reference List:

- +
American Mineralogist (1987): 72: 213-216.

American Mineralogist (1993): 78: 190-194.

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  • Localities for Ribbeite

    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.
    Japan
     
    • Honshu Island
      • Chubu Region
        • Gifu Prefecture
          • Mino City
    Masutomi Museum specimen (Kyoto)
        • Nagano Prefecture
          • Kami-Ina-gun
            • Hamayokokawa mine (Hamayokogawa mine)
    Akira Kato (2011) Explanations of distributed specimens at the Ordinary Meeting of Mumeikai Group, No. 34 (January, 20011).
      • Kanto Region
        • Tochigi Prefecture
          • Kanuma City
    Kato & Matsubara (1994) Mineralogical Journal, 17, 77-82.; Akira Kato (undated manuscript): Country rock and Minerals of the Kaso mine, Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture. (in japanese)
      • Kinki Region
        • Shiga Prefecture
          • Takashima City
    Masutomi Museum specimen (Kyoto)
    • Shikoku Island
      • Ehime Prefecture
    Minakawa et al (1991) Ganseki-Koubutsu-Koshogaku Zasshi, 86, 182.
    Namibia
     
    • Otjozondjupa Region
      • Grootfontein District
        • Kombat
    Dunn, P.J. (1991), Rare minerals of the Kombat Mine, Mineralogical Record: 22(6): 421-425.
    Romania
     
    • Maramureș Co.
    http://minerals-of-the-carpathians.eu
    Russia
     
    • Urals Region
      • Southern Urals
        • Bashkortostan Republic (Bashkiria Republic)
          • Sibay
    Brusnitsyn, A.I. (2006): Geology of Ore Deposits 48(3), 193-214.
    Switzerland
     
    • Wallis (Valais)
      • Turtmann Valley
        • Pipjitälli
    The Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 44, pp. 000 (2006) page 205
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