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Sussexite

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Formula:
Mn2+BO2(OH)
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
White, lilac / lavender, ...
Hardness:
3
Name:
Named in 1868 by George Jarvis Brush after the type localities, which are both located in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA (location of the Franklin and Sterling Hill orebodies).

Classification of Sussexite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
6.BA.15

6 : BORATES
B : Diborates
A : Neso-diborates with double triangles B2(O,OH)5; 2(2D); 2(2D) + OH, etc.
25.2.1.1

25 : ANHYDROUS BORATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
2 : Diborates
9.7.4

9 : Borates
7 : Borates of Mn
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Type Occurrence of Sussexite

Year of Discovery:
1868
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Hydrothermal veinlets traversing Precambrian metamorphosed Zn-Mn-Fe orebody (Franklin, NJ)
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Physical Properties of Sussexite

Silky, Dull, Earthy
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
White, lilac / lavender, black, golden-brown; colourless in transmitted light
Streak:
White
Hardness (Mohs):
3
Fracture:
Sub-Conchoidal, Fibrous
Density:
3.3 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Crystallography of Sussexite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.7Å, b = 12.77Å, c = 3.25Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.838 : 1 : 0.255
Unit Cell Volume:
V 444.08 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Veinlets and masses with a felted or matted fibrous structure; also parallel-fibrous or transverse-fibrous veinlets. Chert-like masses. Microscopically observed as minute laths or flattened fibers.

Optical Data of Sussexite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.670 nβ = 1.728 nγ = 1.732
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.062
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Dispersion:
r > v strong

Chemical Properties of Sussexite

Formula:
Mn2+BO2(OH)
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Mg

Relationship of Sussexite to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Szaibélyite (see here)
6.BA.05SuaniteMg2[B2O5]
6.BA.10ClinokurchatoviteCa(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)[B2O5]
6.BA.10KurchatoviteCa(Mg,Mn2+)[B2O5]
6.BA.15SzaibélyiteMgBO2(OH)
6.BA.20Wiserite(Mn,Mg)14[Cl|(OH)8|(Si,Mg)(O,OH)4|(B2O5)4]
9.7.1Pinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2
9.7.2Orthopinakiolite(Mg,Mn2+)2Mn3+(BO3)O2
9.7.3Jimboite(Mn2+,Mg)3[BO3]2
9.7.5Wiserite(Mn,Mg)14[Cl|(OH)8|(Si,Mg)(O,OH)4|(B2O5)4]
9.7.6KurchatoviteCa(Mg,Mn2+)[B2O5]
9.7.7ClinokurchatoviteCa(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+)[B2O5]
9.7.8Takéuchiite(Mg,Mn2+)2(Mn3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2
9.7.9Blatterite(Mn2+,Mg)2(Mn3+,Sb3+,Fe3+)(BO3)O2
9.7.10TusioniteMn2+Sn4+[BO3]2

Other Names for Sussexite

Name in Other Languages:

Other Information

Other Information:
Slowly soluble in acids.
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 Sussexite

Reference List:
Brush (1868) American Journal of Science, 2nd. series: 46, 140 and 240-243.

Penfield and Sperry (1888) American Journal of Science: 36: 323.

Poitevin and Ellsworth (1924) American Mineralogist: 9: 188.

Palache, C. (1928) American MIneralogist: 13: 323 (Bauer analysis).

Slawson (1934) American Mineralogist: 19: 575.

Schaller (1942) American Mineralogist: 27: 467.

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: 375-377.

Schweizerische mineralogische und petrographische Mitteilungen: 75 (1995): 123-133.

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

Internet Links for Sussexite

Specimens:
The following Sussexite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Sussexite

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
 
  • South Australia
    • Eyre Peninsula
      • Middleback Range
        • Iron Knob
Pring, A., Francis, G. & Birch, W. D. (1992): Nissonite, namibite, and other additions to the mineral suite from Iron Monarch, South Australia. Australian Mineral. 6, 31-39.
Austria
 
  • Styria
    • Mitterdorf
      • Veitsch
        • Kleinveitsch
          • Kaiblinggraben
Postl, W. et al. (2000)
France
 
  • Midi-Pyrénées
    • Hautes-Pyrénées
Le Règne Minéral 47: 5-21
        • Vielle Aure
DE ASCENCAO GUEDES R., TIXADOR Y., CASTERET A. & GOUJOU JC. (2002) La mine de Coustou, Vielle-Aure, Hautes-Pyrénées. Le Règne Minéral, 47, 23-31. (in french)
Italy
 
  • Liguria
    • Genova Province
      • Ne
        • Graveglia Valley
          • Reppia
Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, (4), 131
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chubu Region
      • Fukui Prefecture
        • Mikata-kaminaka-gun
          • Wakasa-cho
Anovitz, L.M. and Grew, E.S. (2002) Mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of boron: an introduction, p 23 (in Reviews in Mineralogy, vol 33, Mineralogical Society of America).
    • Kanto Region
      • Tochigi Prefecture
Fukuoka, M. (1981) Memoirs of the Faculty of Science, Kyushu University, Series D, Geology, 24, #4, 207-252.
        • Kanuma City
Akira Kato (undated manuscript): Country rock and Minerals of the Kaso mine, Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture. (in japanese)
    • Kinki region
      • Mie Prefecture
        • Watarai town
Masutomi Museum specimen (Kyoto)
    • Tohoku Region
      • Iwate Prefecture
        • Kunohe-gun
          • Noda-mura
Dr. Matsuo Nambu collection (curated at Geological Survey of Japan)
Namibia
 
  • Otjozondjupa Region
    • Grootfontein District
      • Kombat
Dunn, P.J. (1991), Rare minerals of the Kombat Mine, Mineralogical Record: 22(6): 421-425.
North Korea
 
  • North Hwanghae Province
    • Suan-gun
Dana 7:II::323,370,376.
South Africa
 
  • Northern Cape Province
    • Kalahari manganese field
      • Hotazel
Von Bezing, K. L. et al. (1991) The Kalahari manganese field: An Update, Mineralogical Record 22(4) pp 293; Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa: pp 246.
      • Kuruman
        • N'Chwaning Mines
Minerals of South Africa
Switzerland
 
  • St Gallen
    • Alvier Group
      • Sargans
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 430
USA
 
  • Michigan
    • Iron Co.
      • Menominee iron range
Palache et al (1951), Dana's System of Mineralogy, seventh ed., vol. II: 376, 389; Rocks & Minerals: 58: 111 & 62: 166.
        • Stambaugh
Rocks & Min.:58:109.
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Franklin
Palache(1935):127; 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: 376; Dunn, P.J. (1995): Part 5: 642.
Palache(1930):127.
Palache(1935):127.
Palache(1935):127.
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Frondel, C. & Ito, J.: Am.Min.:50:502-503 (1965); Dunn(1995):Pt5:642.
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake Co.
      • Wasatch Mts
        • Big Cottonwood District
UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
  • Virginia
    • Amelia Co.
      • Winterham
Rocks & Minerals 79:4 p 256
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