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About Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Colourless, yellowish; colourless to light yellow in transmitted light
Adamantine, Greasy, Pearly
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Member of:
From the Greek κορδύ, club, in allusion to the shape of the crystals, and (Ce) due to the dominant REE being cerium.
The Ce-analogue of cordylite-(La).

Classification of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

B : Carbonates with additional anions, without H2O
D : With rare earth elements (REE)

1 : (AB)(XO3)Zq

12 : Carbonates with other anions
1 : Carbonates with halides

Physical Properties of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Adamantine, Greasy, Pearly
Colourless, yellowish; colourless to light yellow in transmitted light
4½ on Mohs scale
On {0001}. (perhaps a parting)
4.31 g/cm3 (Measured)    5.61 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.775 nε = 1.598
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.177
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
O = greenish yellow
E = brownish yellow

Chemical Properties of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Crystal System:
Crystals short prismatic [0001] with hexagonal dipyramidal terminations. Crystals small, ofte with enlarged terminations on a slender prism, and sceptre-like.

Crystallographic forms of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Crystal Atlas:
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Cordylite-(Ce) no.1 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Cordylite-(Ce) no.5 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
Cordylite-(Ce) no.6 - Goldschmidt (1913-1926)
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Type Occurrence of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Pegmatitic veins in nepheline-syenite.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Other Language Names for Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Relationship of Cordylite-(Ce) to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
Cordylite-(La)(Na,Ca)Ba(La,Ce,Sr)2(CO3)4F Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
Unnamed (Cordylite-like (Ca0.5[]0.5)BaCe2[CO3]4F)Ca□Ba2Ce4[CO3]8F2

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
9 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
4 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with Biraite-(Ce)Ce2Fe2+(Si2O7)(CO3)
4 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with Parisite-(Ce)CaCe2(CO3)3F2
4 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
3 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with Ancylite-(Ce)CeSr(CO3)2(OH) · H2O
3 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with RhodochrositeMnCO3
3 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
2 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with Synchysite-(Ce)CaCe(CO3)2F
2 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with ElpiditeNa2ZrSi6O15 · 3H2O
2 photos of Cordylite-(Ce) associated with Ferriallanite-(Ce){CaCe}{Fe3+AlFe2+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.BD.05Lukechangite-(Ce)Na3Ce2(CO3)4FHex. 6mm : P63mc
5.BD.10Kukharenkoite-(Ce)Ba2Ce(CO3)3FMon. 2/m : P21/m
5.BD.10Kukharenkoite-(La)Ba2(La,Ce,Th)(CO3)3FMon. 2/m : P21/m
5.BD.18Arisite-(Ce)NaCe2(CO3)2[F2x(CO3)1-x]FHex. 6 m2 : P6m2
5.BD.18Arisite-(La)NaLa2(CO3)2[F2x(CO3)1-x]FHex. 6 m2 : P6m2
5.BD.20aBastnäsite-(Ce)Ce(CO3)FHex. 6 m2 : P6c2
5.BD.20aBastnäsite-(Y)Y(CO3)FHex. 6 m2 : P62c
5.BD.20aHydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce)Ce(CO3)(OH)Hex. 6 : P6
5.BD.20bParisite-(Ce)CaCe2(CO3)3F2Mon. m : Bb
5.BD.20dRöntgenite-(Ce)Ca2(Ce,La)3(CO3)5F3Trig. 3 : R3
5.BD.20cSynchysite-(Ce)CaCe(CO3)2FMon. 2/m : B2/b
5.BD.20cSynchysite-(Y)CaY(CO3)2FMon. 2/m : B2/b
5.BD.20aThorbastnäsiteThCa(CO3)2F2 · 3H2OHex. 6 m2 : P62c
5.BD.20aBastnäsite-(Nd)Nd(CO3)F Hex. 6 m2 : P62c
5.BD.25Horváthite-(Y)NaY(CO3)F2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmn
5.BD.25Qaqarssukite-(Ce)Ba(Ce,REE)(CO3)2FTrig. 3 : P3
5.BD.35Huanghoite-(Ce)BaCe(CO3)2FTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

12.1.1NorthupiteNa3Mg(CO3)2ClIso. m3 (2/m 3) : Fd3
12.1.3RouvilleiteNa3(Ca,Mn,Fe)2(CO3)3FMon. 2/m : B2/b
12.1.4ChlormagaluminiteMg4Al2(OH)12Cl2 · 3H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mcm
12.1.5DeferniteCa6(CO3)2-x(SiO4)x(OH)7(Cl,OH)1-2x (x<0.5)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
12.1.7Stenonite(Sr,Ba,Na)2Al(CO3)F5Mon. 2/m
12.1.8Bastnäsite-(Ce)Ce(CO3)FHex. 6 m2 : P6c2
12.1.10Bastnäsite-(Y)Y(CO3)FHex. 6 m2 : P62c
12.1.11Parisite-(Ce)CaCe2(CO3)3F2Mon. m : Bb
12.1.13Synchysite-(Ce)CaCe(CO3)2FMon. 2/m : B2/b
12.1.14Synchysite-(Y)CaY(CO3)2FMon. 2/m : B2/b
12.1.16Röntgenite-(Ce)Ca2(Ce,La)3(CO3)5F3Trig. 3 : R3
12.1.19Huanghoite-(Ce)BaCe(CO3)2FTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
12.1.22ThorbastnäsiteThCa(CO3)2F2 · 3H2OHex. 6 m2 : P62c
12.1.23PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mbm
12.1.24BarstowitePb4Cl6(CO3) · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
12.1.25AlbrechtschraufiteCa4Mg(UO2)2(CO3)6F2 · 17-18H2OTric. 1 : P1
12.1.26KettneriteCaBiCO3OFOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)

Fluorescence of Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Other InformationHide

Basal sections exhibit concentric hexagonal zones of colourless and cloudy or opaque material together with radial sets of striae at times.

Readily soluble in acids.
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 Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Reference List:
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FLINK, G. (1898a): Berättelse om en mineralogisk resa I Syd-Grönland sommaren 1897. Meddelelser om Grønland 14, 221-262.
FLINK, G. (1898b): Beschreibung eines neuen Mineralfundes aus Grönland. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 23, 344-368 (in German).
Flink, G. (1899): Part I. On the Minerals from Narsarsuk on the Firth of Tunugdliarfik in South Greenland, p.8-180. In Flink, G., Bøggild, O.B. & Winther, C. med inledende bemærkninger af Ussing, N. V. (1901): Undersøgelser af Mineralier fra Julianehaab indsamlet af G. Flink 1897. Meddelelser om Grønland 24, 1-213 (p.42).
Bøggild (1906) Meddelelser om Grønland: 33: 101.
Oftedal (1931) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 79: 437.
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: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 285-287.
Petersen, Ole V. and Secher, K.(1985) - Gronland: Mineralien, Geologie, Geschichte. - Verlag Bode & Partner K.G., Bochum, 87 pp.
GIESTER, G., NI, Y., JAROSCH, D., HUGHES, J.M., RØNSBO, J., YANG, Z. & ZEMAN, J. (1998): Cordylite (Ce): A crystal chemical investigation of material from four localities, including type material. American Mineralogist 83, 178 184.
Zemann, J. (2002): Cordylite – history and survival as a mineral species. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte 2002, 255-264.

Internet Links for Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

Localities for Cordylite-(Ce)Hide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • British Columbia
    • Omenica Mining Division
      • Wicheeda Lake
Dalsin, M.L. (2013) The Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Geochronology of the Wicheeda Carbonatite Complex, British Columbia. M.Sc. Thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
      • Williston Lake
Berger, V.I., Singer, D.A., and Orris, G.J. (2009): USGS Open-File Report 09-1139
  • Québec
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
Chen, T.T., Chao, G.Y. (1975), Cordylite from Mont St-Hilaire, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist: 13: 93-94; Giester, G., Ni, Y., Jarosch, D., Hughes, J.M. Ronsbo, J., Yang, Z. and Zemann, J. (1998), Cordylite-(Ce): A crystal chemical investigation of material from four localities, including type material. American Mineralogist: 83: 178-184.
      • Lajemmerais RCM
        • Varennes & St-Amable
HORVÁTH, L., PFENNINGER HORVÁTH, E., GAULT, R.A., and TARASSOFF, P. (1998) Mineralogy of the Saint Amable sill, Varennes and Saint Amable, Québec, Canada. Mineralogical Record, 29, 83 118.
Horváth, L., Pfenninger-Horváth, E., Gault, R. A., & Tarassoff, P. (1998): Mineralogy of the Saint-Amable Sill, Varennes and Saint-Amable, Québec. Mineralogical Record, 29: 83-118.
    • Nord-du-Québec
Nadeau, O.,Cayer, A., Pelletier, M., Stevenson, R. & Jébrak, M. (2015) The Paleoproterozoic Montviel carbonatite-hosted REE–Nb deposit, Abitibi, Canada: Geology, mineralogy, geochemistry and genesis. Ore Geology Reviews 67, 314-335.
  • Inner Mongolia
    • Baotou League (Baotou Prefecture)
      • Bayan Obo mining district
        • Bayan Obo
Zhang Peishan, Yang Zhuming, Tao Kejie, and Yang Xueming (1996): "Mineralogy and Geology of Rare Earths in China", Science Press (Beijing), 226 pp.; Qingchang Meng (1981): Geology and Prospecting 17(3), 10-17 ; Zonglin Hou (1989): Geology and Prospecting 25(7), 1-5, 22
Miyawaki, R.,Shimazaki, H.,Shigeoka, M., Yokoyama, K.,Matsubara, S.,Yurimoto, H., Yang, Z., Zhang, P., Inoue, A., Kogure, T. and Jige, M.(2011): Fluorokinoshitalite and fluorotetraferriphlogopite; new species of fluoro-mica from Bayan Obo, Inner Mongolia, China. Clay Science. 15 (1), 13-18. ; Miyawaki R, Shimazaki H, Shigeoka M, Yokoyama K, Matsubara S, Yurimoto H (2011) Yangzhumingite, KMg2.5Si4O10F2, a new mineral in the mica group from Bayan Obo, Inner Mongolia, China. European Journal of Mineralogy 23, 467-473
          • Dulahala
Yang, X.M., Yang, X.Y., Zheng, Y.F., and Le Bas, M.J. (2003): Mineralogy and Petrology 78, 93-110.
Denmark (TL)
  • Greenland
    • Kujalleq
      • Igaliku
        • Narsaarsuk Plateau
Flink, G. (1899): Part I. On the Minerals from Narsarsuk on the Firth of Tunugdliarfik in South Greenland, p.8-180. In Flink, G., Bøgghild, O.B. & Winther, C. med inledende bemærkninger af Ussing, N. V. (1901): Undersøgelser af Mineralier fra Julianehaab indsamlet af G. Flink 1897. Meddelelser om Grønland. 24: 1-213 (p.42); Bøggild, O.B. (1953): The Mineralogy of Greenland. Meddelelser om Grønland, Bd. 149. Nr. 3. 445 pages (p.158-160)
  • Southern Region
    • Zomba
A. Guastoni pers. comm. 2007 & Horváth specimen P. Kartashov probe anal.
  • Khomas Region
    • Windhoek Rural
      • Aris
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data (2011)
  • Alto Paraguay Department
Comin-Chiaramonti, P., Renzulli, A., Ridolfi, F., Enrich, G. E., Gomes, C. B., De Min, A., ... & Ruberti, E. (2016). Late-stage magmatic to deuteric/metasomatic accessory minerals from the Cerro Boggiani agpaitic complex (Alto Paraguay Alkaline Province). Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 71, 248-261.
  • Irkutsk Oblast
    • Vitim Plateau
      • Biraya and Bya Rivers confluence area (Chara Basin)
        • Biraya Fe-REE ore occurrence
A. Konev et al.: European Journal of Mineralogy 17(5):715–721 (2005)
  • Murmansk Oblast
    • Khibiny Massif
Pekov, I.V. & Podlesnyi, A.S. (2004): Kukisvumchorr Deposit: Mineralogy of Alkaline Pegmatites and Hydrotermalites. Mineralogical Almanac, vol. 7, 140 pages + xxiv photo's pages
Zaitsev, A.N., Men'shikov, Yu.P., Yakovenchuk, V.N. [Зайцев, А.Н., Меньшиков, Ю.П., Яковенчук, В.Н.] (1992): Barium zeolites of the Khibiny alkaline massif [Бариевые цеолиты Хибинского щелочного массива]. Zapiski Vserossiiskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva [Записки Всероссийского Минералогического Общества], 121, 2, 54-61 (in Russian); Zaitsev, A.N., Yakovenchuk, V.N., Chao, G.Y., Gault, R.A., Subbotin, V.V., Pakhomovsky, Ya.A., Bogdanova, A.N. (1996): Kukharenkoite-(Ce), Ва2Се(СО3)3F, a new mineral from Kola Peninsula, Russia, and Québec, Canada. European Journal of Mineralogy, 8, 1327—1336; Pekov I.V. (1998): Minerals first discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Ocean Picture, Moscow, 369 pp.; Zaitsev, A.N., Wall, F., Le Bas, M.J. (1998): REE-Sr-Ba minerals from the Khibina carbonatites, Kola peninsula, Russia: their mineralogy, paragenesis and evolution. Mineralogical Magazine, 62, 225-250; Yakovenchuk, V.N., Ivanyuk, G.Yu., Pakhomovsky, Ya.A., Men'shikov, Yu.P. (2005): Khibiny. Laplandia Minerals Ltd. (in association with the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland), Apatity, 468 pp.
Zaitsev A,N., Men'shikov Yu.P., Polezhaeva L.I., Latysheva L.G. (1990) Ba, Sr and REE minerals of late carbonatites of Khibiny massif. - Novye dannye po mineralogii Karelo-Kol'skogo regiona, KNC AN SSSR, Petrozavodsk, p. 76-79 (in Rus.).
    • Northern Karelia; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
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