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Braunite-II

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Formula:
CaMn143+(SiO4)O20
System:
Tetragonal
Colour:
black
Hardness:
6
Name:
For the close relation to braunite.
Braunite group.
Has a doubled cell parameter c by comparison to braunite.

Classification of Braunite-II

Notes:
Unnamed (probably valid)
Approval History:
Unnamed, but probably valid.
9.AG.05

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
A : Nesosilicates
G : Nesosilicates with additional anions; cations in > [6] +- [6] coordination
7.5.1.3

7 : MULTIPLE OXIDES
5 : (AB)2X3
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First Recorded Occurrence of Braunite-II

Physical Properties of Braunite-II

Sub-Metallic
Colour:
black
Comment:
yellow-brown in reflected light
Hardness (Mohs):
6
Hardness Data:
Measured

Crystallography of Braunite-II

Crystal System:
Tetragonal
Class (H-M):
4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:
I41/acd
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.431Å, c = 37.774Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 4.005
Unit Cell Volume:
V 3359.76 ų
Z:
8
X-Ray Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.68 (40)
2.72 (100)
2.35 (60)
1.996 (20)
1.666 (90)
1.423 (70)
1.081 (30)
1.052 (20)

Chemical Properties of Braunite-II

Formula:
CaMn143+(SiO4)O20
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Braunite-II to other Species

9.AG.05AbswurmbachiteCuMn63+(SiO4)O8
9.AG.05BrauniteMn2+Mn63+(SiO4)O8
9.AG.05NeltneriteCaMn63+(SiO4)O8
9.AG.10Långbanite(Mn2+,Ca)4(Mn3+,Fe3+)9Sb5+(SiO4)2O16
9.AG.15MalayaiteCaSn(SiO4)O
9.AG.15TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
9.AG.15VanadomalayaiteCaV4+(SiO4)O
9.AG.15Natrotitanite(Na0.5Y0.5)Ti(SiO4)O
9.AG.15ŻabińskiiteCa[Al0.5(Ta,Nb)0.5)](SiO4)O
9.AG.20Cerite-(Ce)(Ce,Ca)9(Mg,Fe)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3
9.AG.20Cerite-(La)(La,Ce,Ca)9(Fe,Ca,Mg)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3
9.AG.20Aluminocerite-(Ce)(Ce,La,Ca)9(Al,Fe3+)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3
9.AG.25Trimounsite-(Y)Y2Ti2(SiO4)O5
9.AG.25Yftisite-(Y)(Y,Dy,Er)4(Ti,Sn)(SiO4)2O(F,OH)6
9.AG.25Mieite-(Y)Y4Ti(SiO4)2O[F,(OH)]6
9.AG.30SitinakiteKNa2Ti4(SiO4)2O5(OH) · 4H2O
9.AG.35KittatinnyiteCa2Mn2Mn(SiO4)2(OH)4 · 9H2O
9.AG.40aNatisiteNa2Ti(SiO4)O
9.AG.40bParanatisiteNa2Ti(SiO4)O
9.AG.45Törnebohmite-(Ce)(Ce,La)2Al(SiO4)2(OH)
9.AG.45Törnebohmite-(La)(La,Ce)2Al(SiO4)2(OH)
9.AG.50Kuliokite-(Y)Y4Al(SiO4)2(OH)2F5
9.AG.55ChantaliteCaAl2(SiO4)(OH)4
9.AG.60MozartiteCaMn3+(SiO4)(OH)
9.AG.60VuagnatiteCaAl(SiO4)(OH)
9.AG.65HatruriteCa3(SiO4)O
9.AG.70JasmunditeCa11(SiO4)4O2S
9.AG.75AfwilliteCa3(HSiO4)2 · 2H2O
9.AG.80BultfonteiniteCa2(HSiO4)F · H2O
9.AG.85ZoltaiiteBaV24+V123+(SiO4)2O19
9.AG.90Tranquillityite(Fe2+,Ca)8(Zr,Y)2Ti3(SiO4)3O12

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 Braunite-II

Reference List:
de Villiers, P.R. & F.H. Herbstein, Distinction between two members of the braunite group, American Mineralogist 52, 20(1967)

Moore, P.B. & T. Araki, Braunite: its structure and relationship to bixbyite, and some insights on the geanealogy of fluorite derivative structures, American Mineralogist 61, 1226-1240(1976)

de Villiers, J.P.R., The crystal structure of braunite II and its relation to bixbyite and braunite, American Mineralogist 65, 756(1980)

Baudracco-Gritti, C., Substitution du manganese bivalent par du calcium dans les mineraux du groupe: braunite, neltnerite, braunite II. Bulletin de Mineralogie 108,437(1985) [Amer. Min. 71,1543(1986); abstract and discussion]

de Villiers, J.P. & P.R.Buseck, Stacking variations and nonstoichiometry in the bixbyite-braunite polysomatic mineral group, American Mineralogist 74, 1325-1336(1989)

Bevan, D.J.M. & R.L.Martin, The role of the coordination defect: A new structural description of four fluorite-related sesquioxide minerals, bixbyite, braunite, braunite II, parwelite, and their structural relationships. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 181,2250-2259(2008)

Internet Links for Braunite-II

Localities for Braunite-II

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.
Morocco
 
  • Souss-Massa-Draâ Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
FAVREAU G. & DIETRICH J.E. (2006) Tachgagalt (Maroc), Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 93, 37-71.
South Africa (FRL)
 
  • Northern Cape Province
    • Kalahari manganese field
      • Black Rock
American Mineralogist (1967): 52, 20-30; Von Bezing, K. L. et al. (1991) The Kalahari manganese field: An Update, Mineralogical Record 22(4) pp 282; Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa: pp 190; Cairncross, B., and Beukes, N. J., (2013) The Kalahari Manganese Field, the adventure continues. Struik Nature Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa, pp 156.
      • Hotazel
Cairncross, B., Beukes, N. and Gutzmer, J. (1997): The manganese adventure – the South African manganese fields. Associated Ore & Metal Corporation Limited, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, 128 pp.; Beukes, N. J., Burger, A. M., & Gutzmer, J. (1995). Fault-controlled hydrothermal alteration of Palaeoproterozoic manganese ore in Wessels Mine, Kalahari manganese field. South African Journal of Geology, 98(4), 430-451.
      • Kuruman
        • N'Chwaning Mines
De Villiers, J.E. (1945b). Some minerals occurring in South African manganese deposits. Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa, 48, 17–25. De Villiers, P.R. and Herbstein, F.H. (1967). Distinction between two members of the braunite group. American Mineralogist, 52, 20–30. De Villiers, P.R. (1970). The geology and mineralogy of the Kalahari manganese-field north of Sishen, Cape Province. Memoir of the Geological Survey of South Africa, No. 59, 84 pages. De Villiers, J.P.R. (1980). The crystal structure of braunite II and its relation to bixbyite and braunite. American Mineralogist, 65, 756–765. De Villiers, J.P.R. (1989). Stacking variations and nonstoichiometry in the bixbyite-braunite polysomatic mineral group. American Mineralogist, 74, 1325–1336. Cairncross, B., Beukes, N. and Gutzmer, J. (1997): The manganese adventure – the South African manganese fields. Associated Ore & Metal Corporation Limited, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, 236 pp. Cairncross, B. and Beukes, N.J. (2013). The Kalahari Manganese Field: the adventure continues. Struik Nature, Cape Town, South Africa, 384 pages.
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