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A discredited member of the Monazite Group.
The CaTh(PO4)2-dominant members are now called Cheralite.
Originally reported from Van der Made pegmatite (Brabant; Erongo Schlucht), Brabant 86 Farm, Etiro, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Classification of Brabantite
|IMA status:||Discredited 2007|
|Explanation of status:||CNMMN 05-F: The name brabantite is discredited and to the members dominated by CaTh(PO4)2 in the system 2(REEPO4) - CaTh(PO4)2 - 2(ThSiO4) the name cheralite is applied; see Linthout (2007).|
|Strunz 8th edition ID:||7/A.15-50|
7 : Phosphates, Arsenates, Vanadates
A : Waterfree phosphates [PO4]3- without unfamiliar anions, cations of small size: Li, Be, Al
15 : Monazite group
|Dana 8th edition ID:||22.214.171.124|
38 : ANHYDROUS NORMAL PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, AND VANADATES
4 : AXO4
|Hey's CIM Ref.:||19.10.6|
19 : Phosphates
10 : Phosphates of Pb, Th, V and Bi
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Physical Properties of Brabantite
Crystallography of Brabantite
|Cell Parameters:||a = 6.72Å, b = 6.93Å, c = 6.44Å|
β = 103.88°
|Ratio:||a:b:c = 0.97 : 1 : 0.929|
|Unit Cell Volume:||V 291.15 Å³ (Calculated from Unit Cell)|
Optical Data of Brabantite
|Dispersion:||r < v strong|
Chemical Properties of Brabantite
|Simplified for copy/paste:||CaTh(PO4)2|
|Essential elements:||Ca, O, P, Th|
|All elements listed in formula:||Ca, O, P, Th|
Relationship of Brabantite to other Species
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Other Names for Brabantite
|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 Brabantite
Amer. Mineral. 66:878-879
Linthout, K. (2007): Tripartite division of the system 2REEPO4 – CaTh(PO4)2– 2ThSiO4, discreditation of brabantite, and recognition of cheralite as the name for members dominated by CaTh(PO4)2. Can. Mineral. 45, 503-508.
Internet Links for Brabantite
Localities for Brabantite
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Locality Updated: Pixley ka Seme District, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaFrom Debbie Woolf, 18th Apr 2014 13:07:50