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Tantalite

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Formula:
(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
An obsolete group name for minerals with the general formula (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6, equivalent to the Tantalite-(Fe)-Tantalite-(Mn) Series. Many specimens called tantalite are actually columbite series or tapiolite series.

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Classification of Tantalite

Discredited
18.1.45

18 : Niobates and Tantalates
1 : Niobates and tantalates containing neither rare earths nor U
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Crystallography of Tantalite

Morphology:
Short prismatic [001]; less commonly [100] or [010]; alsom equant. Often rectangular prisms with the pinacoids prominent. Thin tabular {010} or thick tabular {100} at times. Less often pyramidal, and then with {111} dominant. In large groups of parallel or subparallel crystals. Massive.
Twinning:
1. Twin plane {201} common. Usually contact twins, heart-shaped and exhibiting a delicate featherlike striation on {010}; also penetration twins. Sometimes repeated yielding pseudohexagonal trillings. 2. Twin plane {203} rare. Heart-shaped contact twins striated on {010}; repeated at times, yielding pseudohexagonal trillings. 3. Twin plane {501}, rare. 4. Twin plane {1·50·0}, rare.

Chemical Properties of Tantalite

Formula:
(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Tantalite to other Species

18.1.1LithiotantiteLi(Ta,Nb)3O8
18.1.2LueshiteNaNbO3
18.1.3NatroniobiteNaNbO3
18.1.4FranconiteNa2Nb4O11 · 9H2O
18.1.5NatrotantiteNa2Ta4O11
18.1.6IrtyshiteNa2(Ta,Nb)4O11
18.1.7Rankamaite(Na,K)3(Ta,Nb,Al)11(O,OH)31
18.1.8Hydropyrochlore(H2O,□)2Nb2(O,OH)6(H2O)
18.1.9CalciotantiteCaTa4O11
18.1.10RynersoniteCa(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.11Microlite Group
18.1.12BelyankiniteCa1-2(Ti,Nb)5O12 · 9H2O (?)
18.1.13Latrappite(Ca,Na)(Nb,Ti,Fe)O3
18.1.14Hochelagaite(Ca,Na,Sr)(Nb,Ti,Si,Al)4O11 · 8H2O
18.1.15Bariomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.16ParabariomicroliteBaTa4O10(OH)2 · 2H2O
18.1.17Bariopyrochlore (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.18AlumotantiteAlTaO4
18.1.19SimpsoniteAl4(Ta,Nb)3O13(OH,F)
18.1.20Sosedkoite(K,Na)5Al2(Ta,Nb)22O60
18.1.21Thoreaulite(Sn2+,Pb)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.22Stannomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.23Foordite(Sn,Pb)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.24ChangbaiitePbNb2O6
18.1.25Plumbopyrochlore (of Skorobogatova et al.)
18.1.26Plumbomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.27StibiocolumbiteSb(Nb,Ta)O4
18.1.28StibiotantaliteSb(Ta,Nb)O4
18.1.29Natrobistantite
18.1.30Cesplumtantite(Cs,Na)2(Pb,Sb3+)3Ta8O24
18.1.31Stibiomicrolite (of Groat et al.)
18.1.32Cesstibtantite
18.1.34BismutotantaliteBi(Ta,Nb)O4
18.1.35Bismutomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.36Tantalite-(Mn)MnTa2O6
18.1.37Gerasimovskite(Mn,Ca)(Nb,Ti)5O12 · 9H2O
18.1.38Tapiolite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.39Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.40WodginiteMn(Sn,Ta)Ta2O8
18.1.41Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
18.1.42Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
18.1.43Tantalite-(Fe)FeTa2O6
18.1.44Columbite(Fe,Mn)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.46Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.47Tapiolite-(Fe)(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.48Columbite-(Mg)(Mg,Fe,Mn)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.50Strüverite(Ti,Ta,Fe)O2
18.1.51 Staringite(Fe,Mn)x(Ta,Nb)2xSn6-3xO12

Other Names for Tantalite

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 Tantalite

Reference List:
Ekeberg 1802), Ak. Sockholm, Handl.: 23: 80.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 780-787.

American Mineralogist 81 (1996), 146.

Mineralogy and Petrology 70 (2000), 165.

Internet Links for Tantalite

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

Localities for Tantalite

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