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Sabinaite

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Formula:
Na
 
4
Zr
 
2
TiO
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
System:MonoclinicColour:Colourless to white
Name:Named after Ann Phyllis Sabina Stenson (b.1930), mineralogist and noted author of books on Canadian mineral occurrences, Geological Survey of Canada, who first collected the mineral.
This page provides mineralogical data about Sabinaite.

Classification of Sabinaite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/C.05-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:5.BB.20

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
B : Carbonates with additional anions, without H2O
B : With alkalies, etc.
Dana 8th edition ID:16a.5.4.1

16a : ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
5 : Miscellaneous
Hey's CIM Ref.:11.9.8

11 : Carbonates
9 : Carbonates of Pb, Zr and Th
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Type Occurrence of Sabinaite

Type Locality:Francon quarry, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Year of Discovery:1980

Physical Properties of Sabinaite

Lustre:Vitreous
Colour:Colourless to white

Crystallography of Sabinaite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 10.17Å, b = 6.62Å, c = 17.97Å
β = 94.32°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.536 : 1 : 2.715
Unit Cell Volume:V 1,206.40 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Sabinaite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.720 - 1.740 nβ = 1.790 - 1.800 nγ = 1.850 - 1.900
2V:Measured: 85° , Calculated: 80° to 82°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.130 - 0.160

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

Chemical Properties of Sabinaite

Formula:
Na
 
4
Zr
 
2
TiO
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
Simplified for copy/paste:Na4Zr2TiO4(CO3)4
Essential elements:C, Na, O, Ti, Zr
All elements listed in formula:C, Na, O, Ti, Zr

Relationship of Sabinaite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
5.BB.05Barentsite
Na
 
7
Al(HCO
 
3
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
F
 
4
5.BB.10Dawsonite
NaAlCO
 
3
(OH)
 
2
5.BB.15Tunisite
NaCa
 
2
Al
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
(OH)
 
8
Cl
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
11.9.1Cerussite
PbCO
 
3
11.9.2Hydrocerussite
Pb
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
2
11.9.3Dundasite
PbAl
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
4
· H
 
2
O
11.9.4Gysinite-(Nd)
Pb(Nd,La)(CO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH) · H
 
2
O
11.9.5Schuilingite-(Nd)
PbCu(Nd,Gd,Sm,Y)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
(OH) · 1.5H
 
2
O
11.9.6Tuliokite
Na
 
6
BaTh(CO
 
3
)
 
6
· 6H
 
2
O
11.9.7Weloganite
Na
 
2
Sr
 
3
Zr(CO
 
3
)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O

Other Names for Sabinaite

Synonyms:
IMA1978-071
Other Languages:
German:Sabinait
Russian:Сабинаит
Spanish:Sabinaita

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 Sabinaite

Reference List:

- +
JAMBOR, J.L., STURMAN, B.D., and WEATHERLY, G.C. (1980) Sabinaite, a new hydrous zirconium bearing carbonate mineral from Montreal Island, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist, 18, 25-29.
CHAO, G.Y., and GU, J. (1985) Sabinaite: a new occurence and new data. Canadian Mineralogist, 23, 17-19.
McDONALD, A.M. (1996) The crystal structure of sabinaite, Na4Zr2TiO4(CO3)4. Canadian Mineralogist, 34, 811-815.
TARASSOFF, P., HORVÁTH, L. and PFENNINGER-HORVÁTH, E. (2006) Famous mineral localities: the Francon quarry, Montréal, Québec. Mineralogical Record, 37, 5-60.
HORVÁTH, L., and GAULT, R.G. (1990) The mineralogy of Mont Saint Hilaire. Mineralogical Record, 21, 284 359.

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    Localities for Sabinaite

    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.
    Canada
     
      • Montérégie
        • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
          • Mont Saint-Hilaire
    HORVÁTH, L., and GAULT, R.G. (1990) The mineralogy of Mont Saint Hilaire. Mineralogical Record, 21, 284 359.
      • Montréal
    JAMBOR, J.L., STURMAN, B.D., and WEATHERLY, G.C. (1980) Sabinaite, a new hydrous zirconium bearing carbonate mineral from Montreal Island, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist, 18, 25 29. TARASSOFF, P., HORVÁTH, L. and PFENNINGER-HORVÁTH, E. (2006) Famous mineral localities: the Francon quarry, Montréal, Québec. Mineralogical Record, 37, 5-60.
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