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Name in Afrikaans:Frankryk
Name in Albanian:Franca
Name in Arabic:فرنسا
Name in Belarusian:Францыя
Name in Breton:Bro-C'hall
Name in Bulgarian:Франция
Name in Catalan:França
Name in Czech:Francie
Name in Danish:Frankrig
Name in Dutch:Frankrijk
Name in Estonian:Prantsusmaa
Name in Farsi/Persian:فرانسه
Name in Finnish:Ranska
Name in French:France
Name in Galician:Francia
Name in German:Frankreich
Name in Greek:Γαλλία
Name in Hebrew:צרפת
Name in Hindi:फ़्रान्स
Name in Hungarian:Franciaország
Name in Icelandic:Frakkland
Name in Indonesian:Perancis
Name in Irish Gaelic:An Fhrainc
Name in Italian:Francia
Name in Japanese:フランス
Name in Korean:프랑스
Name in Latvian:Francija
Name in Lithuanian:Prancūzija
Name in Macedonian:Франција
Name in Norwegian:Frankrike
Name in Polish:Francja
Name in Portuguese:França
Name in Romanian:Franța
Name in Russian:Франция
Name in Serbian:Француска
Name in Simplified Chinese:法国
Name in Slovak:Francúzsko
Name in Slovenian:Francija
Name in Spanish:Francia
Name in Swahili:Ufaransa
Name in Swedish:Frankrike
Name in Tagalog:Pransiya
Name in Thai:ฝรั่งเศส
Name in Turkish:Fransa
Name in Ukrainian:Франція
Name in Vietnamese:Pháp
Name in Welsh:Ffrainc
Area:640,679 km2
Locality type:Country


Note: Books on regional mineralogies have been published for nearly all the 'Départements' ("Inventaire minéralogique de la France").

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1201 valid minerals. 118 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 (FRL) - first recorded locality of unapproved mineral/variety/etc.

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Amphibolite

Anthracite

'Aplitic granite'

'Ariegite'

Aubrite meteorite

Basalt

Basanite

Bauxite

Beach dune sand

Beach sand

Blueschist

Boninite

Breccia

Camptonite

Chassignite meteorite

Chert

Chromitite

CI1 chondrite meteorite

Clay

CM chondrite meteorite

'CO3.4 chondrite meteorite'

'CO3.5 chondrite meteorite'

Coal

Cobbles

Diatexite

'Dolerite'

Dolostone

Dunite

Eclogite

EH5 chondrite meteorite

'Epidote-glaucophane schist'

'Eucrite monomict breccia meteorite'

'Flint'

Gabbro

'Glaucophane schist'

Gneiss

Granite

Granodiorite

Granulite

'Graphic granite'

Greisen

'Greywacke'

'H3-5 chondrite meteorite'

H5 chondrite meteorite

H6 chondrite meteorite

Hornblendite

Howardite meteorite

IIE iron meteorite

Iron slag

'Jade'

'Jet'

Kersantite

'L4-6 chondrite meteorite'

L5 chondrite meteorite

L6 chondrite meteorite

Lamprophyre

'Leucogranite'

Lignite

Limestone

Listvenite

LL6 chondrite meteorite

Marble

Metatexite

Meteorite

'Mica schist'

Migmatite

Minette

Monzogranite

Obsidian

'Ophiolite'

Pallasite meteorite

'Pegmatite'

Peridotite

Phosphorite

'Porphyritic granite'

'Pyritic slate'

Pyroxenite

Rhyolite

Sand

Sandstone

Schist

Serpentinite

Shale

'Sizunite'

Skarn

Slag

Slate

Spessartite

Tephrite

Tonalite

'Trondhjemite'

Tuffite

'Ungrouped iron meteorite'

Wehrlite

Detailed Mineral List:

Abernathyite
Formula: K(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2O
Acanthite
Formula: Ag2S
Localities: Reported from at least 66 localities in this region.
Actinolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Localities: Reported from at least 70 localities in this region.
Actinolite var: Smaragdite
Formula: Ca2(Mg,Fe2+,Cr)5Si8O22(OH)2
'Actinolite-Tremolite Series'
Adamite
Formula: Zn2(AsO4)(OH)
Localities: Reported from at least 18 localities in this region.
Adamite var: Cobaltoan Adamite
Formula: (Zn,Co)AsO4OH
Adamite var: Cuprian Adamite
Formula: (Zn,Cu)2AsO4OH
Aegirine
Formula: NaFe3+Si2O6
Localities: Reported from at least 11 localities in this region.
Aegirine-augite
Formula: (NaaCabFe2+cMgd)(Fe3+eAlfFe2+gMgh)Si2O6
Aerinite
Formula: (Ca5.1Na0.5)(Fe3+,Al,Fe2+,Mg)4(Al,Mg)6[HSi12O36(OH)12][(CO3)1.2(H2O)12]
'Aeschynite'
Aeschynite-(Ce)
Formula: (Ce,Ca,Fe,Th)(Ti,Nb)2(O,OH)6
Aeschynite-(Y)
Formula: (Y,Ln,Ca,Th)(Ti,Nb)2(O,OH)6
Afmite (TL)
Formula: Al3(OH)4(H2O)3(PO4)(PO3OH) · H2O
Reference: Anthony R. Kampf, Stuart J. Mills, George R. Rossman, Ian M. Steele, Joseph J. Pluth and Georges Favreau (2011): Afmite, Al3(OH)4(H2O)3(PO4)(PO3OH)•H2O, a new mineral from Fumade, Tarn, France: description and crystal structure. European Journal of Mineralogy 23, 269-277.
Afwillite
Formula: Ca3(HSiO4)2 · 2H2O
'Agardite'
Localities: Reported from at least 8 localities in this region.
Agardite-(Ce)
Formula: CeCu6(AsO4)3(OH)6 · 3H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Agardite-(La)
Formula: LaCu6(AsO4)3(OH)6 · 3H2O
Agardite-(Nd)
Formula: NdCu6(AsO4)3(OH)6 · 3H2O
Agardite-(Y)
Formula: YCu6(AsO4)3(OH)6 · 3H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Agrinierite (TL)
Formula: K2(Ca,Sr)[(UO2)3O3(OH)2]2 · 5H2O
Reference: Mineralogical Magazine(1972) 38, 781-789
Aikinite
Formula: PbCuBiS3
Localities: Reported from at least 13 localities in this region.
Åkermanite
Formula: Ca2Mg(Si2O7)
Aktashite
Formula: Cu6Hg3As4S12
Alabandite
Formula: MnS
Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Localities: Reported from at least 237 localities in this region.
Albite var: Andesine
Formula: (Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Localities: Reported from at least 17 localities in this region.
Albite var: Cleavelandite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
Albite var: Oligoclase
Formula: (Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Localities: Reported from at least 43 localities in this region.
Albite var: Pericline
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Localities: Reported from at least 61 localities in this region.
Algodonite
Formula: (Cu1-xAsx)
Allanite-(Ce)
Formula: {CaCe}{Al2Fe2+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Localities: Reported from at least 9 localities in this region.
'Allanite Group'
Formula: {A12+REE3+}{M3+2M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Localities: Reported from at least 32 localities in this region.
Allargentum
Formula: (Ag1-xSbx)
Alleghanyite
Formula: Mn2+5(SiO4)2(OH)2
'Allevardite'
Alloclasite
Formula: Co1-xFexAsS
Allophane
Formula: (Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 18 localities in this region.
Alluaudite
Formula: (Na,Ca)Mn2+(Fe3+,Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg)2(PO4)3
Localities: Reported from at least 8 localities in this region.
'Alluaudite-Na□'
Formula: 4Na4Mn2+4Fe3+8(PO4)12
'Alluaudite-NaNa'
Formula: Na4Na4Mn2+4 Fe3+8(PO4)12
Almandine
Formula: Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3
Localities: Reported from at least 101 localities in this region.
'Almandine-Pyrope Series'
'Almandine-Spessartine Series'
Alstonite
Formula: BaCa(CO3)2
Altaite
Formula: PbTe
'Alum Group'
Formula: XAl(SO4)2 · 12H2O
Aluminite
Formula: Al2(SO4)(OH)4 · 7H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Aluminocopiapite
Formula: Al2/3Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Alumohydrocalcite
Formula: CaAl2(CO3)2(OH)4 · 4H2O
Alunite
Formula: KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
'Alunite Supergroup'
Formula: AD3(XO4)2(OH)6
Alunogen
Formula: Al2(SO4)3 · 17H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 14 localities in this region.
Amakinite
Formula: (Fe2+,Mg)(OH)2
'Amber'
Amblygonite
Formula: LiAl(PO4)F
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
'Amblygonite-Montebrasite Series'
Amesite
Formula: Mg2Al(AlSiO5)(OH)4
Ammoniojarosite
Formula: (NH4)Fe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
'Amphibole Supergroup'
Formula: AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Localities: Reported from at least 165 localities in this region.
'Amphibole Supergroup var: Byssolite'
Formula: AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
'Amphibolite'
Analcime
Formula: Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 31 localities in this region.
Anatase (TL)
Formula: TiO2
Reference: No reference listed
Anatase var: Niobian Anatase
Formula: (Ti,Nb)O2
Andalusite
Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Localities: Reported from at least 156 localities in this region.
Andalusite var: Chiastolite
Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
Andersonite
Formula: Na2Ca(UO2)(CO3)3 · 6H2O
'Andorite'
Formula: AgPbSb3S6
Localities: Reported from at least 14 localities in this region.
Andorite IV (TL)
Formula: Pb18Ag15Sb47S96
Reference: American Mineralogist, 70, 219 (1985)
Andradite
Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Localities: Reported from at least 23 localities in this region.
Andradite var: Demantoid
Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Andradite var: Melanite
Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Andradite var: Titanoan Andradite
Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
'Andradite-Grossular Series'
'Andrewsite'
Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Localities: Reported from at least 150 localities in this region.
Anhydrite
Formula: CaSO4
Localities: Reported from at least 30 localities in this region.
Ankerite
Formula: Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Localities: Reported from at least 131 localities in this region.
'Ankerite-Dolomite Series'
Annabergite
Formula: Ni3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
Localities: Reported from at least 20 localities in this region.
Anorthite
Formula: Ca(Al2Si2O8)
Localities: Reported from at least 38 localities in this region.
Anorthite var: Bytownite
Formula: (Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)Si2O8]
Localities: Reported from at least 10 localities in this region.
'Anorthoclase'
Formula: (Na,K)AlSi3O8
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
Anthophyllite
Formula: ☐{Mg2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Localities: Reported from at least 16 localities in this region.
'Anthracite'
Localities: Reported from at least 9 localities in this region.
Antigorite
Formula: Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Localities: Reported from at least 43 localities in this region.
'Antimonian Gersdorffite'
Formula: Ni(As,Sb)S
Antimony
Formula: Sb
Localities: Reported from at least 32 localities in this region.
'commodity:Antimony'
Formula: Sb
Localities: Reported from at least 9 localities in this region.
'Antimony Ochre'
Antlerite
Formula: Cu3(SO4)(OH)4
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
Anyuiite
Formula: AuPb2
'Apatelite'
Formula: Fe3(SO4)2(OH)5 · 0.5H2O
'Apatite'
Localities: Reported from at least 300 localities in this region.
'Apatite var: Collophane'
'Apatite Group'
'Aphrosiderite'
Formula: (Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8
Aphthitalite
Formula: (K,Na)3Na(SO4)2
'Aplitic granite'
'Apophyllite'
Localities: Reported from at least 9 localities in this region.
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Localities: Reported from at least 154 localities in this region.
Aragonite var: Flos Ferri
Formula: CaCO3
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Aragonite var: Pelagosite
Formula: CaCO3
Aramayoite
Formula: Ag3Sb2(Bi,Sb)S6
Arcanite
Formula: K2SO4
'Ardennite'
Ardennite-(As)
Formula: Mn2+4Al4(AlMg)(AsO4)(SiO4)2(Si3O10)(OH)6
Arfvedsonite
Formula: [Na][Na2][Fe2+4Fe3+]Si8O22(OH)2
Argentojarosite
Formula: AgFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
Argentopyrite
Formula: AgFe2S3
Argutite (TL)
Formula: GeO2
Reference: Tschermaks Min.Petr.Mitt.(1983) 31, 97-119
Argyrodite
Formula: Ag8GeS6
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
'Ariegite'
Arrojadite-(KFe)
Formula: {KNa}{Fe2+◻}{Ca}{Na2◻}{Fe2+13}{Al}(PO4)11(HPO4)(OH)2
Arsenbrackebuschite
Formula: Pb2Fe3+(AsO4)2(OH)
Arsenic
Formula: As
Localities: Reported from at least 26 localities in this region.
Arseniosiderite (TL)
Formula: Ca2Fe3+3(AsO4)3O2 · 3H2O
Reference: Annal. Mines (1842) 4th. series: 2: 343.; Palache, C., Berman, H., and Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 954.; Kingsbury, A.W.G. and Hartley, J. (1957) New occurrences of arseniosiderite. Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 31, n° 237, 499-500.
'Arsenobismite'
Arsenocrandallite
Formula: CaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6
Arsenogorceixite
Formula: BaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6
Arsenogoyazite
Formula: SrAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6
Arsenolamprite
Formula: As
Arsenolite
Formula: As2O3
Localities: Reported from at least 12 localities in this region.
Arsenopalladinite
Formula: Pd8(As,Sb)3
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Localities: Reported from at least 500 localities in this region.
Arsenopyrite var: Danaite
Formula: (Fe0.90Co0.10)AsS - (Fe0.65Co0.35)AsS
Arsentsumebite
Formula: Pb2Cu(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)
Arsenuranospathite
Formula: Al[(UO2)(AsO4)]2F(H2O)20
Arthurite
Formula: CuFe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2O
Artinite
Formula: Mg2(CO3)(OH)2 · 3H2O
'Asbestos'
Localities: Reported from at least 16 localities in this region.
'Asbestos var: Mountain Paper'
'commodity:Asbestos'
Asbolane
Formula: (Ni,Co)2-xMn4+(O,OH)4 · nH2O
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
'commodity:Asphalt (Bitumen)'
Atacamite
Formula: Cu2(OH)3Cl
Atelestite
Formula: Bi2(AsO4)O(OH)
Athabascaite
Formula: Cu5Se4
'Aubrite meteorite'
Augelite
Formula: Al2(PO4)(OH)3
Augite
Formula: (CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Localities: Reported from at least 136 localities in this region.
Augite var: Fassaite
Formula: (Ca,Na)(Mg,Fe2+,Al,Fe3+,Ti)[(Si,Al)2O6]
Augite var: Soda-Augite
Augite var: Titanian Augite
Formula: (Ca,Na)(Mg,Ti, Fe,Al,)(Si,Al)2O6
'Augite-Bronzite'
Auriacusite
Formula: Fe3+Cu2+(AsO4)O
Aurichalcite
Formula: (Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Localities: Reported from at least 47 localities in this region.
Aurostibite
Formula: AuSb2
Austinite
Formula: CaZn(AsO4)(OH)
'Austinite-Conichalcite Series'
Formula: Ca(Zn,Cu)AsO4(OH)
Autunite (TL)
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(PO4)2 · 11H2O
Reference: J.H. Brooke and W.H. Miller: "Introduction to Mineralogy", London (1852); Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 986.
Awaruite
Formula: Ni3Fe
Localities: Reported from at least 15 localities in this region.
Axinite-(Fe) (TL)
Formula: Ca2Fe2+Al2BSi4O15OH
Reference: Journ. Mines,(1797) 5, 264
'Axinite Group'
Localities: Reported from at least 22 localities in this region.
Axinite-(Mn)
Formula: Ca2Mn2+Al2BSi4O15(OH)
Azurite (TL)
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 268.
Babingtonite
Formula: Ca2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Baddeleyite
Formula: ZrO2
Baotite
Formula: Ba4Ti8Si4O28Cl
Barbosalite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2
'Bardiglio'
Locality: Corsica, France
Bariopharmacoalumite (TL)
Formula: Ba0.5Al4(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 4H2O
Reference: Mills, S. J., Rumsey, M. S., Favreau, G., Spratt, J., Raudsepp, M. and Dini M. (2011): Bariopharmacoalumite, a new mineral species from Cap Garonne, France and Mina Grande, Chile. Mineralogical Magazine 75, 135-144.; Sarp H., Chiappero P.-J., Favreau G. (1994) - Barium-zinc alumopharmacosiderite de la mine de Cap Garonne (Var, France). Archs. Sci. Genève 47 (1), pp. 45-50.