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Chloromenite

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Formula:
Cu
 
9
(SeO
 
3
)
 
4
O
 
2
Cl
 
6
System:MonoclinicLustre:Vitreous
Hardness:1½ - 2½
Name:The name comes from chloros, green, and mene, moon, referring to the presence of essential selenium.
This page provides mineralogical data about Chloromenite.

Classification of Chloromenite

IMA status:Approved 1996
Strunz 8th edition ID:4/K.05-55
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:4.JG.10

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
G : Selenites with additional anions, without H2O
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Type Occurrence of Chloromenite

Type Locality:Novaya fumarole, Second scoria cone, Northern Breakthrough (North Breach), Great Fissure eruption (Main Fracture), Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka Oblast', Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Physical Properties of Chloromenite

Lustre:Vitreous
Hardness (Mohs):1½ - 2½

Crystallography of Chloromenite

Crystal System:Monoclinic

Optical Data of Chloromenite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.870 nβ = 1.920 nγ = 1.940
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.070

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

Chemical Properties of Chloromenite

Formula:
Cu
 
9
(SeO
 
3
)
 
4
O
 
2
Cl
 
6
Simplified for copy/paste:Cu9(SeO3)4O2Cl6
Essential elements:Cl, Cu, O, Se
All elements listed in formula:Cl, Cu, O, Se

Relationship of Chloromenite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
4.JG.Prewittite
KPb
 
1.5
ZnCu
 
6
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
 
10
4.JG.05Georgbokiite
Cu
 
5
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
 
2
4.JG.05Parageorgbokiite
Cu
 
5
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
 
2
4.JG.15Sofiite
Zn
 
2
(SeO
 
3
)Cl
 
2
4.JG.20Ilinskite
(Na,K)Cu
 
5
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
 
3
4.JG.25Francisite
Cu
 
3
Bi(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
4.JG.30Derriksite
Cu
 
4
(UO
 
2
)(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· H
 
2
O
4.JG.35Burnsite
KCdCu
2+
7
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
O
 
2
Cl
 
9
4.JG.40Allochalcoselite
Cu
+
 
PbCu
2+
5
(SeO
 
3
)
 
2
Cl
 
5
O
 
2

Other Names for Chloromenite

Synonyms:
IMA1996-048
Other Languages:
German:Chloromenit
Spanish:Chloromenita

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 Chloromenite

Reference List:

- +
European Journal of Mineralogy: 11: 119-123.

Internet Links for Chloromenite

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  • Raman and XRD data at RRUFF project
  • American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
  • Chloromenite details from Handbook of Mineralogy (PDF)
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  • Localities for Chloromenite

    (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.
    Russia
     
    • Far-Eastern Region
      • Kamchatka Oblast'
        • Tolbachik volcano
          • Great Fissure eruption (Main Fracture)
            • Northern Breakthrough (North Breach)
    Mandarino, J. A. (2003). New minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist, 41(3), 803-828.
    Eur.J.Min.(1999) 11, 119-123; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
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