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Litvinskite

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Formula:
Na2(◻,Na,Mn)ZrSi6O12(OH,O)6
Colour:
dark cherry-red to reddish-brown
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
5
Specific Gravity:
2.61
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
named for Galia Petrovna Litvinskaya (1920-1994), crystallographer, Moscow

Classification of Litvinskite

Approved
Approval Year:
1999
9.CJ.15a

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
C : Cyclosilicates
J : [Si6O18]12- 6-membered single rings (sechser-Einfachringe), without insular complex anions

Physical Properties of Litvinskite

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
dark cherry-red to reddish-brown
Streak:
white
Hardness:
Hardness Data:
Measured
Cleavage:
Poor/Indistinct
Fracture:
Conchoidal
Density:
2.61 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.63 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Litvinskite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.546 nβ = 1.574 nγ = 1.575
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.029
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low

Chemical Properties of Litvinskite

Formula:
Na2(◻,Na,Mn)ZrSi6O12(OH,O)6
IMA Formula:
Na3ZrSi6O13(OH)5
Common Impurities:
Mn

Crystallography of Litvinskite

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
m - Domatic
Space Group:
Bm
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.589 Å, b = 10.217 Å, c = 7.355 Å
β = 92.91°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.036 : 1 : 0.72
Unit Cell V:
794.6 ų
Z:
2

X-Ray Powder Diffraction

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
7.37 (44)
5.29 (100)
3.329 (74)
3.238 (100)
2.981 (39)
2.553 (37)

Type Occurrence of Litvinskite

General Appearance of Type Material:
equant grains
Geological Setting of Type Material:
in a hyperagpaitic pegmatite

Synonyms of Litvinskite

Other Language Names for Litvinskite

Relationship of Litvinskite to other Species

Other Members of this group:
CombeiteNa2Ca2(Si6O18)0.5
ImandriteNa12Ca3Fe3+2(Si6O18)2
KapustiniteNa5(Na,Mn2+)<1Zr(H2Si6O18)
KazakoviteNa6Mn2+Ti(Si6O18)
KoashviteNa6(Ca,Mn)(Ti,Fe)Si6O18 · H2O
LovozeriteNa2Ca(Zr,Ti)(Si6O12)[(OH)4O2] · H2O
TisinaliteNa3H3(Mn,Ca,Fe)TiSi6(O,OH)18 · 2H2O
ZirsinaliteNa6(Ca,Mn2+,Fe2+)Zr(Si6O18)

Common Associates

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Terskite7 photos of Litvinskite associated with Terskite on mindat.org.
Aegirine5 photos of Litvinskite associated with Aegirine on mindat.org.
Eudialyte4 photos of Litvinskite associated with Eudialyte on mindat.org.
Gaidonnayite2 photos of Litvinskite associated with Gaidonnayite on mindat.org.
Lamprophyllite1 photo of Litvinskite associated with Lamprophyllite on mindat.org.
Hackmanite1 photo of Litvinskite associated with Hackmanite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping

9.CJ.05BazziteBe3Sc2(Si6O18)
9.CJ.05BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
9.CJ.05IndialiteMg2Al3(AlSi5O18)
9.CJ.05StoppaniiteBe3Fe3+2(Si6O18) · H2O
9.CJ.10Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
9.CJ.10Sekaninaite(Fe,Mg)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
9.CJ.15aCombeiteNa2Ca2(Si6O18)0.5
9.CJ.15bImandriteNa12Ca3Fe3+2(Si6O18)2
9.CJ.15aKazakoviteNa6Mn2+Ti(Si6O18)
9.CJ.15cKoashviteNa6(Ca,Mn)(Ti,Fe)Si6O18 · H2O
9.CJ.15aLovozeriteNa2Ca(Zr,Ti)(Si6O12)[(OH)4O2] · H2O
9.CJ.15aTisinaliteNa3H3(Mn,Ca,Fe)TiSi6(O,OH)18 · 2H2O
9.CJ.15aZirsinaliteNa6(Ca,Mn2+,Fe2+)Zr(Si6O18)
9.CJ.15aKapustiniteNa5(Na,Mn2+)<1Zr(H2Si6O18)
9.CJ.25BaratoviteKCa7(Ti,Zr)2Li3Si12O36F2
9.CJ.25KatayamaliteKLi3Ca7Ti2(SiO3)12(OH)2
9.CJ.25AleksandroviteKCa7Sn2Li3Si12O36F2
9.CJ.30DioptaseCuSiO3 · H2O
9.CJ.35KostyleviteK2Zr(Si3O9) · H2O
9.CJ.40PetarasiteNa5Zr2(Si6O18)(Cl,OH) · 2H2O
9.CJ.45Gerenite-(Y)(Ca,Na)2(Y,REE)3Si6O18 · 2H2O
9.CJ.50OdintsoviteK2Na4Ca3Ti2Be4Si12O38
9.CJ.55MathewrogersitePb7FeAl3GeSi12O36(OH,H2O)6
9.CJ.60PezzottaiteCs(Be2Li)Al2(Si6O18)

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 Litvinskite

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Pekov, I.V., I.A. Ekimenkova, N.V. Chukanov, A.E. Zadov, N.A. Yamnova & Yu.K. Egorov-Tismenko (2000): Litvinskite Na2(◻,Na,Mn)Zr[Si6O12(OH,O)6] — a new mineral of the lovozerite group. Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva (Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society): 129(1): 45-53.

Internet Links for Litvinskite

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Localities for Litvinskite

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.
(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.
Canada
 
  • Québec
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
TARASSOFF, P. (2007) Cancrisilite, litvinskite and kapustinite from Mont Saint-Hilaire. MICRONEWS, 41(2), 3-4.
Russia
 
  • Northern Region
    • Murmanskaja Oblast'
      • Kola Peninsula
        • 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
        • Lovozero Massif
          • Alluaiv Mt
            • Umbozero mine (Umbozerskii mine; Umba Mine)
I.V. Pekov et al. (2000) Zap. Vser. Min. Ob. 129(1), 45-53
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