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(Mg,Na2,K2,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
White, colorless, ...
3 - 3½
Member of:
Named for Walter Frederick Ferrier (1865-1950), Canadian geologist and mining engineer.
This page provides mineralogical data about Ferrierite-Mg.

Classification of Ferrierite-Mg


9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
G : Tektosilicates with zeolitic H2O; zeolite family
D : Chains of 6-membered rings – tabular zeolites URL:
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First Recorded Occurrence of Ferrierite-Mg

Occurrences of Ferrierite-Mg

Geological Setting:
Seams and vesicles in extrusive igneous rocks.

Physical Properties of Ferrierite-Mg

Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
White, colorless, pinkish, orange to red
Hardness (Mohs):
3 - 3½
on {100}
2.136 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.11 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Crystallography of Ferrierite-Mg

Crystal System:
Radiating groups of lath shaped crystals

Optical Data of Ferrierite-Mg

Biaxial (+/-)
RI values:
nα = 1.473 - 1.489 nβ = 1.474 - 1.489 nγ = 1.477 - 1.492
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.004
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of Ferrierite-Mg

(Mg,Na2,K2,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Ferrierite-Mg to other Species

Member of:
Other Members of Group:
AlflarseniteNaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2O
AmiciteK2Na2Al4Si4O16 · 5H2O
AnalcimeNa2(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2O
Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Beaumontite (of Lévy)
Bellbergite(K,Ba,Sr)2Sr2Ca2(Ca,Na)4[Al3Si3O12]6 · 30H2O
BikitaiteLiAlSi2O6 · H2O
BoggsiteCa8Na3(Si,Al)96O192 · 70H2O
Brewsterite-Ba(Ba,Sr)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
Brewsterite-Sr(Sr,Ba,Ca)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Chabazite-K(K2,Ca,Na2,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Chabazite-Levyne Subgroup
Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Chabazite-SrSr2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
ChiavenniteCaMnBe2Si5O13(OH)2 · 2H2O
Clinoptilolite-Ca(Ca,Na,K)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
Clinoptilolite-K(K,Na,Ca)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
Clinoptilolite-Na(Na,K,Ca)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Dachiardite-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
Dachiardite-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
DirenzoiteNaK6MgCa2(Al13Si47O120) · 36H2O
EdingtoniteBa[Al2Si3O10] · 4H2O
EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Erionite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
Erionite-K(K2,Ca,Na2)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
Erionite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
Faujasite Subgroup
Faujasite-Ca(Ca,Na2,Mg)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
Faujasite-Mg(Mg,Na2,Ca)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
Faujasite-Na(Na2,Ca,Mg)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
Ferrierite-K(K2,Na2,Mg,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
Ferrierite-Na(Na2,K2,Mg,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
Flörkeite(K3Ca2Na)[Al8Si8O32] · 12H2O
GarroniteNa2Ca5Al12Si20O64 · 27H2O
GaultiteNa4Zn2Si7O18 · 5H2O
Gismondine-BaBa2Al4Si4O16 · 4-6H2O
Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Gmelinite-Ca(Ca,Na2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
Gmelinite-K(K2,Na2,Ca)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
Gmelinite-Na(Na2,Ca)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
GobbinsiteNa4(Ca,Mg,K2)Al6Si10O32 · 12H2O
Gonnardite(Na,Ca)2(Si,Al)5O10 · 3H2O
GoosecreekiteCa[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
GottardiiteNa3Mg3Ca5Al19Si117O272 · 93H2O
Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Heulandite-Ba(Ba,Ca,K,Na,Sr)5Al9Si27O72 · 22H2O
Heulandite-Ca(Ca,Na)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
Heulandite-K(K,Na,Ca)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
Heulandite-Na(Na,Ca)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
Heulandite-Sr(Sr,Na,Ca)2-3Al3(Al,Si)2Si13O36 · 12H2O
LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Lévyne-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
Lévyne-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
MaricopaitePb7Ca2(Si,Al)48O100 · 32H2O
Mazzite-Mg(Mg,K,Ca)5(Si26Al10)O72 · 28H2O
Mazzite-NaNa8[Al4Si14O36]2 · 30H2O
Merlinoite(K,Na)5(Ca,Ba)2Al9Si23O64 · 23H2O
MesoliteNa2Ca2Si9Al6O30 · 8H2O
Montesommaite(K,Na)9Al9Si23O64 · 10H2O
Mordenite(Na2,Ca,K2)Al2Si10O24 · 7H2O
MutinaiteNa3Ca4Si85Al11O192 · 60H2O
NabesiteNa2BeSi4O10 · 4H2O
NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Natrolite Subgroup
OffretiteKCaMgAl5Si13O36 · 16H2O or near
PahasapaiteLi8(Ca,Li,K)10.5Be24(PO4)24 · 38H2O
ParanatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 3H2O
ParthéiteCaAl2Si2O8 · 2H2O
Paulingite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2O
Paulingite-K(K2,Ca,Na2,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2O
Paulingite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2O
PerlialiteK9Na(Ca,Sr)[Al2Si4O12]6 · 15H2O
Phillipsite-Ca(Ca0.5,K,Na,Ba0.5)4-7[Al4-7Si12-9O32 . 12H2O
Phillipsite-K(K,Na,Ca0.5,Ba0.5)4-7[Al4-7Si12-9O32] . 12H2O
Phillipsite-Na(Na,K,Ca0.5,Ba0.5)4-7[Al4-7Si12-9O32] · 12H2O
Pollucite(Cs,Na)2(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2O
RoggianiteCa2Be(OH)2Al2Si4O13 · 2.5H2O
ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
StelleriteCa4(Si28Al8)O72 · 28H2O
Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Stilbite-Na(Na,Ca,K)6-7[Al8Si28O72] · nH2O
Terranovaite(Na,Ca)8(Si68Al12)O160 · 29H2O
Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Thomsonite-SrNa(Sr,Ca)2[Al5Si5O20] · 7H2O
Tschernichite(Ca,Na2)[Al2Si4O12] · 4-8H2O
TschörtneriteCa4(Ca,Sr,K,Ba)3Cu3[(OH)2|Al3Si3O12]4 · nH2O
WairakiteCa(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2O
WeinebeneiteCaBe3(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2O
Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(SO4)3|(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2] · 0.5H2O
WillhendersoniteKCa[Al3Si3O12] · 5H2O
YugawaraliteCaAl2Si6O16 · 4H2O
9.GD.05Gmelinite-Ca(Ca,Na2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
9.GD.05Gmelinite-K(K2,Na2,Ca)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
9.GD.05Gmelinite-Na(Na2,Ca)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
9.GD.10WillhendersoniteKCa[Al3Si3O12] · 5H2O
9.GD.10Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
9.GD.10Chabazite-K(K2,Ca,Na2,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
9.GD.10Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
9.GD.10Chabazite-SrSr2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
9.GD.15Lévyne-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
9.GD.15Lévyne-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)[Al2Si4O12] · 6H2O
9.GD.20Bellbergite(K,Ba,Sr)2Sr2Ca2(Ca,Na)4[Al3Si3O12]6 · 30H2O
9.GD.20Erionite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
9.GD.20Erionite-K(K2,Ca,Na2)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
9.GD.20Erionite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca)2[Al4Si14O36] · 15H2O
9.GD.25OffretiteKCaMgAl5Si13O36 · 16H2O or near
9.GD.25Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(SO4)3|(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2] · 0.5H2O
9.GD.30Faujasite-Ca(Ca,Na2,Mg)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
9.GD.30Faujasite-Mg(Mg,Na2,Ca)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
9.GD.30Faujasite-Na(Na2,Ca,Mg)3.5[Al7Si17O48] · 32H2O
9.GD.35MaricopaitePb7Ca2(Si,Al)48O100 · 32H2O
9.GD.35Mordenite(Na2,Ca,K2)Al2Si10O24 · 7H2O
9.GD.40Dachiardite-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
9.GD.40Dachiardite-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
9.GD.45EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
9.GD.50Ferrierite-K(K2,Na2,Mg,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
9.GD.50Ferrierite-Na(Na2,K2,Mg,Ca)3-5Mg[Al5-7Si27.5-31O72] · 18H2O
9.GD.55BikitaiteLiAlSi2O6 · H2O

Other Names for Ferrierite-Mg

Name in Other Languages:

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 Ferrierite-Mg

Reference List:
GRAHAM, R.P.D. (1918): On ferrierite, a new zeolite mineral, from British Columbia; with notes on some other Canadian minerals. Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Section IV, 185-190.
VAUGHAN, P.A. (1966): The crystal structure of the zeolite ferrierite. Acta Crystallographica 21, 983-990.
ALBERTI, A. & SABELLI, C. (1987): Statistical and true symmetry of ferrierite: possible absence of straight T-O-T bridging bonds. Zeitschrift für Krystallographie 178, 249-256.
TSCHERNICH, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World. Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona (173).
COOMBS, D.S. et al. (1997): Recommended nomenclature for zeolite minerals: report of the Subcommittee on Zeolites of the International Mineralogical Association, Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names. Canadian Mineralogist 35, 1571-1606 (1582).

Internet Links for Ferrierite-Mg

Localities for Ferrierite-Mg

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.
  • New South Wales
    • Camden Co.
      • Unanderra
Ferrierite: an Australian occurrence, Mineralogical Magazine, Sept 1978 Vol 42, pp 385-9; England, B.M and Oswald, J. - Ferrierite: an Australian occurrence, Mineralogical Magazine, Sept 1978 Vol 42, pp 385-9
  • Victoria
W. D. Birch in Zeolites of Victoria, p.96
  • Carinthia
    • Friesach - Hüttenberg area
      • Hüttenberg
        • Hüttenberger Erzberg
J. Mörtl, F. Walter, K. Ettinger: Carinthia II 193./113.:259-262 (2003)
  • Styria
    • Graz
      • Wildon
        • Weitendorf
Zirkl, E. J. (1973): Ferrierit im Basalt von Weitendorf, Steiermark. N. Jb. Mineral. Mh. 1973, 524-528.
    • Koralpe
      • Wies
        • Eibiswald
          • Radl pass
Dietmar Jakely, Walter Postl & Franz Bernhard (2012): Ferrierit-Mg – ein längst erwarteter Nachweis aus dem Diabas-Steinbruch am Radlpass südöstlich Eibiswald, Steiermark. Der Steirische Mineralog 26, 53.
  • Kardzhali Oblast (Kurdzhali; Kărdžali; Kurdjali)
    • Rhodope Mts
Tschernich, 1992. Zeolites of the World
  • British Columbia
    • Kamloops Mining Division
GRAHAM, R.P.D. (1918): On ferrierite, a new zeolite mineral, from British Columbia; with notes on some other Canadian minerals. Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Section IV, 185-190. TSCHERNICH, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World. Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona (173).
Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, p.177
      • Westwold
Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, p.178
    • Omenica Mining Division
      • Francois Lake
Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, p.178
Czech Republic
  • Moravia (Mähren; Maehren)
    • Moravia-Silesia Region
      • Příbor
Smutný, Z.: Hončova hůrka – stav lokality a nálezy minerálů v letech 1995 – 1996. Časopis Slezského musea, series A: vědy přírodní, 1997, roč. 46, č. 2. s. 188 – 189.
  • Latium
    • Viterbo Province
      • Vico Lake
Ion Microprobe by Passaglia (Univ. Modena)
Ion Microprobe by Passaglia at Modena University
  • Sardinia
    • Cagliari Province
Orlandi P. & Sabelli C.: Ferrierite from Monastir Sardinia Italy. N. Ib. Miner. Mh. , 498-504 and Lapis 2003(2), 21-30.
Lapis 2003(2), 21-30
Jordi Fabre
  • Veneto
    • Vicenza Province
      • Astico Valley
- Daleffe A., Daleffe M.T. (1997): Ferrierite, heulandite e mordenite di Velo d'Astico (Vicenza). Studi e Ricerche, Associazione Amici del Museo, Museo Civico "G. Zannato", Montecchio Maggiore, 54-56. - Boscardin M., Daleffe A., Rocchetti I., Zordan A. (2011): Minerali del Vicentino - Aggiornamenti, località e nuove determinazioni. Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali “G. Zannato” – Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza), 183 pp. - Zordan A. (2014): Provincia di Vicenza. In: Zorzi F., Boscardin M. (eds.), Minerali del Veneto. Alla scoperta sei tesori della nostra regione. Museo di Storia Naturale e Archeologia di Montebelluna - Treviso, Cierre Edizioni, Sommacampagna, 173-246.
Boscardin M., Daleffe A., Rocchetti I., Zordan A. “I minerali nel Vicentino”, Museo “G. Zannato”, Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza), 2011.
      • San Pietro Mussolino
Passaglia E., Luppi D., Boscardin M. & Zordan A. (2010). Stilbite e ferrierite del Vicentino. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 3/2010, 152-164.
      • Santorso
Alietti, A., Passaglia, E., Scaini, G. (1967): A new occurrence of ferrierite. American Mineralogist, 52, 1562-1563; Passaglia E., Luppi D., Boscardin M. & Zordan A. (2010). Stilbite e ferrierite del Vicentino. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 3/2010, 152-164.; Boscardin M., Daleffe A., Rocchetti I., Zordan A. "I minerali nel Vicentino"; Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali, Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza) 2011, pagg. 184.
      • Torrebelvicino
        • Mercanti Valley
Passaglia E., Luppi D., Boscardin M. & Zordan A. (2010). Stilbite e ferrierite del Vicentino. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 3/2010, 152-164.
      • Valdagno
        • Campotamaso
Passaglia E., Luppi D., Boscardin M. & Zordan A. (2010). Stilbite e ferrierite del Vicentino. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 3/2010, 152-164.
  • Hokkaido
    • Hidaka Province
      • Monbetsu (Mombetsu)
Yamada, T. (1997) Suisyou, 10, #1, 17-22.
Mineralogical Journal Vol. 18 (1996) , No. 4 pp 147-153
    • Okhotsk Subprefecture (Abashiri Province)
      • Tokoro-gun
Yajima et al (1971) Mineralogical Journal, 6, 343-364.
  • Andalusia
    • Almería
      • Níjar
Angel Ortiz Maellas specimen
  • California
    • Los Angeles Co.
      • Santa Monica Mts
        • Agoura Hills
Houseley, Bob (2013)
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