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|Name:||Named after the discovery locality.|
Visually similar to cyanotrichite and carbonatecyantrichite.
A small amount of sulphate may be present (or even necessary) in khaidarkanite; the Na content may be variable (Hager et al., 2009).
Hager et al. (2009) attributed the Na content to impurities.
Classification of Khaidarkanite
|Strunz 8th edition ID:||3/D.03-50|
|Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:||3.DA.45|
3 : HALIDES
D : Oxyhalides, hydroxyhalides and related double halides
A : With Cu, etc., without Pb
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Type Occurrence of Khaidarkanite
|Type Locality:||Khaidarkan Sb-Hg deposit (Chaidarkan), Fergana Valley, Alai Range (Alay Range), Osh Oblast, Kyrgyzstan|
Physical Properties of Khaidarkanite
Crystallography of Khaidarkanite
|X-Ray Powder Diffraction:|
Optical Data of Khaidarkanite
|RI values:||nα = 1.585 nβ = 1.615 nγ = 1.648|
|Maximum Birefringence:||δ = 0.063|
Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Chemical Properties of Khaidarkanite
|Essential elements:||Al, Cu, F, H, Na, O|
|All elements listed in formula:||Al, Cu, F, H, Na, O|
Relationship of Khaidarkanite to other Species
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Other Names for Khaidarkanite
|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 Khaidarkanite
Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva (1999): 128(3): 58-63.
Hager, S. L., Leverett, P. & Williams, P. A. (2009): Possible structural and chemical relationships in the cyanotrichite group. Canadian Mineralogist 47, 635-648.
Internet Links for Khaidarkanite
|Specimens:||The following Khaidarkanite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.|
Localities for Khaidarkanite
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(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.
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Locality Updated: Castro Laboreiro, Melgaço, Viana do Castelo District, PortugalFrom Rui Nunes, 12th Dec 2013 10:54:28