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Vanalite

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Formula:
NaAl
 
8
V
 
10
O
 
38
· 30H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicColour:Bright yellow with ...
Lustre:Vitreous, Waxy, Dull
Name:The name reflects its vanadium (van) and aluminium (al) contents.
This page provides mineralogical data about Vanalite.

Classification of Vanalite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:4/G.04-10
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:4.HG.15

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
H : V[5,6] Vanadates
G : Unclassified V oxides
Dana 8th edition ID:47.4.2.1

47 : VANADIUM OXYSALTS
4 : Vanadium Bronzes
Hey's CIM Ref.:21.3.6

21 : Vanadates (and vanadates with arsenate or phosphate)
3 : Vanadates of Al, rare earths, Pb, V or Bi
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Type Occurrence of Vanalite

Type Locality:Kurumsak V Deposit, Aksumbe, Karatau Range, Southern Kazakhstan Province (Ongtüstik Qazaqstan Oblysy; Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast'), Kazakhstan
Year of Discovery:1962

Physical Properties of Vanalite

Lustre:Vitreous, Waxy, Dull
Colour:Bright yellow with orange tint

Crystallography of Vanalite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 12.61Å, b = 10.67Å, c = 10.92Å
β = 95.22°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.182 : 1 : 1.023
Unit Cell Volume:V 1,463.18 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
d-spacingIntensity
10.70 (100)
8.52 (42)
7.90 (37)
6.33 (30)
5.34 (30)
3.308 (30)
2.938 (100)

Optical Data of Vanalite

Type:Biaxial
RI values: nα = 1.710 nγ = 1.735
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.025

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

Chemical Properties of Vanalite

Formula:
NaAl
 
8
V
 
10
O
 
38
· 30H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:NaAl8V10O38·30H2O
Essential elements:Al, H, Na, O, V
All elements listed in formula:Al, H, Na, O, V

Relationship of Vanalite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
4.HG.05Fervanite
Fe
3+
4
V
5+
4
O
 
16
· 5H
 
2
O
4.HG.10Huemulite
Na
 
4
Mg(V
 
10
O
 
28
) · 24H
 
2
O
4.HG.20Simplotite
CaV
4+
4
O
 
9
· 5H
 
2
O
4.HG.25Vanoxite
V
4+
4
V
5+
2
O
 
13
· 8H
 
2
O
4.HG.30Navajoite
Fe
3+
 
V
5+
9
O
 
24
· 12H
 
2
O
4.HG.35Delrioite
CaSr(V
 
2
O
 
6
)(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
4.HG.40Metadelrioite
CaSr(V
 
2
O
 
6
)(OH)
 
2
4.HG.45Barnesite
(Na,Ca)V
 
6
O
 
16
· 3H
 
2
O
4.HG.50Hendersonite
(Ca,Sr)
 
1.3
V
 
6
O
 
16
· 6H
 
2
O
4.HG.55Grantsite
(Na,Ca)V
 
6
O
 
16
· 4H
 
2
O
4.HG.60Lenoblite
V
4+
2
O
 
4
· 2H
 
2
O
4.HG.65Satpaevite
Al
 
12
V
4+
2
V
5+
6
O
 
37
· 30H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
21.3.1Steigerite
Al(VO
 
4
) · 3H
 
2
O
21.3.2Alvanite
(Zn,Ni)Al
 
4
(V
5+
 
O
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
12
· 2H
 
2
O
21.3.3Metaschoderite
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)(VO
 
4
) · 6H
 
2
O
21.3.4Schoderite
Al
 
2
(PO
 
4
)(VO
 
4
) · 8H
 
2
O
21.3.5Satpaevite
Al
 
12
V
4+
2
V
5+
6
O
 
37
· 30H
 
2
O
21.3.7Wakefieldite-(Ce)
Ce(VO
 
4
)
21.3.7Wakefieldite-(Y)
Y(VO
 
4
)
21.3.8Chervetite
Pb
 
2
(V
 
2
O
 
7
)
21.3.9Mottramite
PbCu(VO
 
4
)(OH)
21.3.10Descloizite
Pb(Zn,Cu)(VO
 
4
)(OH)
21.3.11Clinobisvanite
Bi(VO
 
4
)
21.3.11Dreyerite
Bi(VO
 
4
)
21.3.11Pucherite
Bi(VO
 
4
)
21.3.12Schumacherite
Bi
 
3
(VO
 
4
)
 
2
O(OH)
21.3.13Namibite
Cu(BiO)
 
2
(VO
 
4
)(OH)
21.3.14Pottsite
HPbBi(VO
 
4
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
21.3.15Duhamelite
(Pb,Bi,Ca)Cu(VO
 
4
)(OH,O)

Other Names for Vanalite

Other Languages:
German:Vanalit
Spanish:Vanalita

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 Vanalite

Reference List:

- +
Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva (1962): 91: 307-314.

American Mineralogist (1963): 48: 1180.

Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 100: 523.

American Mineralogist (1972): 57: 597.

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  • Localities for Vanalite

    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.
    Kazakhstan
     
    • Southern Kazakhstan Province (Ongtüstik Qazaqstan Oblysy; Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast')
      • Karatau Range
        • Aksumbe
    Zap. Vses. Mineral. Obshch. (1962) 91, 307–314; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
    USA
     
    • Nevada
      • Carson City
    NBMG Spec Pub 31 Minerals of Nevada
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