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Calcioandyrobertsite

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Formula:
KCaCu
 
5
(AsO
 
4
)
 
4
(H
 
2
AsO
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicLustre:Vitreous
Hardness:3
Name:Named after Andrew C. Roberts (1950-), mineralogist with the Geological Survey of Canada.
Isostructural with:Andyrobertsite


The Ca analogue of andyrobertsite.

1M and 2O polytypes are known, and they were originally approved separately as IMA1997-022 and IMA2000-011, respectively. Type locality for both is Tsumeb.
Data given below are for the 1M polytype; the 2O polytype is orthorhombic mmm, space group Pnma, a = 19.647 Å, b = 10.087 Å, c = 9.903 Å, Z = 4.

Structurally related to the Lavendulan Group.

Classification of Calcioandyrobertsite

IMA status:Approved 1997
Strunz 8th edition ID:7/D.25-36
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:8.DH.50

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H2O
H : With large and medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 < 1:1
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Type Occurrence of Calcioandyrobertsite

Type Locality:Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto), Namibia

Physical Properties of Calcioandyrobertsite

Lustre:Vitreous
Hardness (Mohs):3
Tenacity:Brittle
Cleavage:Distinct/Good
(100)

Crystallography of Calcioandyrobertsite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Class (H-M):2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:P21/m
Cell Parameters:a = 9.81Å, b = 10.034Å, c = 9.975Å
α = 90°, β = 101.84°, γ = 90°
Ratio:a:b:c = 0.978 : 1 : 0.994
Unit Cell Volume:V 960.98 ų
Z:2
Morphology:platy, veinlets
Comment:1M polytype (O polytype is orthorhombic, space group Pnma, a = 19.647 Å, b = 10.087 Å, c = 9.903 Å)

Optical Data of Calcioandyrobertsite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.713 nβ = 1.743 nγ = 1.749
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.036

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

Chemical Properties of Calcioandyrobertsite

Formula:
KCaCu
 
5
(AsO
 
4
)
 
4
(H
 
2
AsO
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:KCaCu5(AsO4)4(H2AsO4)·2H2O
Essential elements:As, Ca, Cu, H, K, O
All elements listed in formula:As, Ca, Cu, H, K, O

Relationship of Calcioandyrobertsite to other Species

Structurally related to group(s):
Lavendulan Group
Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
8.DH.05Minyulite
KAl
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH,F) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DH.10Leucophosphite
KFe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.10Spheniscidite
(NH
 
4
,K)(Fe
3+
 
,Al)
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.10Tinsleyite
KAl
 
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(CaMnFe)
{Ca}{Mn
2+
 
}{Fe
2+
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(CaMnMg)
{Ca}{Mn
2+
 
}{(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(CaMnMn)
{Ca}{Mn
2+
 
}{Mn
2+
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Keckite
CaMn
2+
 
Fe
3+
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
3
(H
 
2
O)
 
7
8.DH.15Rittmannite
{(Mn
2+
 
,Ca)}{Mn
2+
 
}{(Fe
2+
 
,Mn
2+
 
,Mg)
 
2
}{(Al,Fe
3+
 
)
 
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Whiteite-(CaFeMg)
{Ca}{(Fe
2+
 
,Mn
2+
 
)}{Mg
 
2
}{Al
 
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Whiteite-(CaMnMg)
{Ca}{Mn
2+
 
}{Mg
 
2
}{Al
 
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Whiteite-(MnFeMg)
{(Mn
2+
 
,Ca)}{(Fe
2+
 
,Mn
2+
 
)}{Mg
 
2
}{Al
 
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(MnMnMn)
{Mn
2+
 
}{Mn
2+
 
}{Mn
2+
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Kaluginite
(Mn
2+
 
,Ca)MgFe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(CaFeFe)
{Ca}{Fe
2+
 
}{Fe
2+
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(NaFeMg)
NaFe
3+
 
Mg
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(NaMnMg)
{Na}{Mn
3+
 
}{Mg
 
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.15Jahnsite-(CaMgMg)
{Ca}{Mg}{Mg
 
2
}{Fe
3+
2
}(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.20Manganosegelerite
(Mn
2+
 
,Ca)(Mn
2+
 
,Fe
2+
 
,Mg)Fe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DH.20Overite
CaMgAl(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DH.20Segelerite
Ca
 
2
Mg
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 8H
 
2
O
8.DH.20Wilhelmvierlingite
CaMnFe
3+
 
(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.20Juonniite
CaMgSc(PO
 
4
)
 
2
(OH) · 4H
 
2
O
8.DH.25Calcioferrite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
(OH) · 7H
 
2
O
8.DH.25Kingsmountite
Ca
 
4
(Fe
2+
 
,Mn
2+
 
)Al
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 12H
 
2
O
8.DH.25Montgomeryite
Ca
 
4
MgAl
 
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 12H
 
2
O
8.DH.25Zodacite
Ca
 
4
Mn
2+
 
Fe
3+
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 12H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Arseniosiderite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
3
(AsO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Kolfanite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
2
(AsO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Mitridatite
Ca
 
2
Fe
3+
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Pararobertsite
Ca
 
2
Mn
3+
3
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Robertsite
Ca
 
3
Mn
3+
4
(PO
 
4
)
 
3
O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.30Sailaufite
(Ca,Na,☐)
 
2
Mn
3+
3
(AsO
 
4
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)O
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.35Mantienneite
KMg
 
2
Al
 
2
Ti(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
3
· 15H
 
2
O
8.DH.35Paulkerrite
K(Mg,Mn
2+
 
)
 
2
(Fe
3+
 
,Al,Ti,Mg)
 
2
Ti(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
3
· 15H
 
2
O
8.DH.35Benyacarite
(H
 
2
O,K)
 
2
(Mn
2+
 
,Fe
2+
 
)
 
2
(Fe
3+
 
,Ti)
 
2
Ti(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(O,F)
 
2
· 14H
 
2
O
8.DH.40Xanthoxenite
Ca
 
4
Fe
3+
2
(PO
 
4
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
8.DH.45Mahnertite
NaCu
 
3
(AsO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl · 5H
 
2
O
8.DH.50Andyrobertsite
KCdCu
 
5
(AsO
 
4
)
 
4
(H
 
2
AsO
 
4
) · 2H
 
2
O
8.DH.55Englishite
K
 
3
Na
 
2
Ca
 
10
Al
 
15
(PO
 
4
)
 
21
(OH)
 
7
· 26H
 
2
O
8.DH.60Bouazzerite
Bi
 
6
(Mg,Co)
 
11
Fe
3+
14
(AsO
 
4
)
 
18
(OH)
 
4
O
 
12
· 86H
 
2
O

Other Names for Calcioandyrobertsite

Synonyms:
IMA1997-022IMA2000-011
Other Languages:
German:Calcioandyrobertsit
Russian:Кальциоандиробертсит
Spanish:Calcioandyrobertsita

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 Calcioandyrobertsite

Reference List:

- +
Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., Pinch, W.W., and Grice, J.D. (1999) Andyrobertsite and calcioandyrobertsite, two new minerals from the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia. Mineralogical Record: 30: 181-186.

Sarp, H. and Černý, R. (2004): Calcio-andyrobertsite-2O, KCaCu5(AsO4)4[AsO2(OH)2]·2H2O: its description, crystal structure and relation with calcio-andyrobertsite-1M. European Journal of Mineralogy: 16: 163-169.

Cooper, M.A. and Hawthorne, F.C. (2000): Highly undersaturated anions in the crystal structure of andyrobertsite - calcio-andyrobertsite, a doubly acid arsenate of the form K(Cd,Ca)[Cu 2+ 5(AsO4)4{As(OH)2O2}](H2O)2. Canadian Mineralogist: 38: 817-830.


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  • Localities for Calcioandyrobertsite

    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.
    Germany
     
    • Baden-Württemberg
      • Black Forest
        • Wolfach
          • Oberwolfach
            • Rankach valley
    U. Kolitsch, J. Gröbner, F. Brandstätter and R. Bayerl (2010): Neufunde aus der Grube Clara im mittleren Schwarzwald (IV): Calcioandyrobertsit, Cotunnit, Gerhardtit, Khaidarkanit, Lukrahnit, Mckinstryit, Moolooit, Rhabdophan-(La), Rouait und Uricit. Lapis 35 (9), 22-27; 62 (in German).
    Namibia
     
    • Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto)
      • Tsumeb
    Cooper, M.A., Hawthorne, F.C., Pinch, W.W., and Grice, J.D. (1999) Andyrobertsite and calcioandyrobertsite, two new minerals from the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia. Mineralogical Record: 30: 181-186. Cooper, M.A. and Hawthorne, F.C. (2000) Highly undersaturated anions in the crystal structure of andyrobertsite - calcio-andyrobertsite, a doubly acid arsenate of the form K(Cd,Ca)[Cu2+5(AsO4)4{As(OH)2O2}](H2O)2. Canadian Mineralogist: 38: 817-830.
    Switzerland
     
    • Wallis (Valais)
      • Anniviers Valley
        • Saint-Luc
    Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
      • Turtmann Valley
        • Blüomatttälli
    Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
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