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About HolfertiteHide

CaxU6+2-xTi(O8-xOH4x) · 3H2O
Canary yellow to orange yellow
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honor of John W. Holfert (b. 1949), for his significant contributions to the mineralogy and geology of the Thomas Range, USA.
A hydrated Ca-U-Ti oxide/hydroxide.

May not be the same material per Foord from location.

Classification of HolfertiteHide

Approval Year:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
G : Uranyl Hydroxides
B : With additional cations (K, Ca, Ba, Pb, etc.); with mainly UO2(O,OH)5 pentagonal polyhedra

Physical Properties of HolfertiteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Canary yellow to orange yellow
Pale yellow
Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal
4.22 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.26 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of HolfertiteHide

Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.815 nε = 1.910
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.095
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of HolfertiteHide

CaxU6+2-xTi(O8-xOH4x) · 3H2O
IMA Formula:
(UO2)1.75Ca0.25TiO4 · 3H2O

Crystallography of HolfertiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3 - Pyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.824 Å, c = 7.549 Å
a:c = 1 : 0.697
Unit Cell V:
765.94 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Hollow elongated prisms

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
From type description.

Type Occurrence of HolfertiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Minute yellow, rod-like needles sparsely
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Smithsonian Museum, Fersman Museum
Geological Setting of Type Material:
In Rhyolite
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of HolfertiteHide

Other Language Names for HolfertiteHide

Simplified Chinese:羟水钙钛铀石
Traditional Chinese:羥水鈣鈦鈾石

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Hematite19 photos of Holfertite associated with Hematite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Holfertite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Adularia2 photos of Holfertite associated with Adularia on mindat.org.
Bixbyite1 photo of Holfertite associated with Bixbyite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.GB.05AgrinieriteK2(Ca,Sr)[(UO2)3O3(OH)2]2 · 5H2OOrth.
4.GB.05CompreignaciteK2(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 7H2OOrth.
4.GB.05RameauiteK2Ca(H[3]2O)(H[5]2O)4[(UO2)6O6(OH)4](H[4]2O)Mon. m : Bb
4.GB.10BecquereliteCa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 8H2OOrth. mm2 : Pna21
4.GB.10BillietiteBa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 4-8H2OOrth. mm2
4.GB.10ProtasiteBa(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2OMon.
4.GB.15Richetite(Fe3+,Mg)Pb 8.6(UO2)36O36(OH)24•41H2O Tric.
4.GB.20BauranoiteBa(UO2)2(OH)6 · 1-2H2O
4.GB.20Calciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb)U2O7 · 5H2O
4.GB.20Metacalciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb,K2)U2O7 · 2H2O
4.GB.25FourmarieritePb(UO2)4O3(OH)4 · 4H2OOrth.
4.GB.30WölsendorfitePb7(UO2)14O19(OH)4 · 12H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
4.GB.35MasuyitePb(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2OOrth.
4.GB.40MetavandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · nH2O n < 12Orth.
4.GB.40VandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · 12H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
4.GB.45VandenbrandeiteCu(UO2)(OH)4Tric. 1 : P1
4.GB.50SayritePb2(UO2)5O6(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
4.GB.55CuritePb3(UO2)8O8(OH)6 · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.GB.60Iriginite(UO2)Mo2O7 · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcm
4.GB.65UranosphaeriteBi(UO2)O2(OH)Mon. 2/m

Fluorescence of HolfertiteHide

Other InformationHide

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 HolfertiteHide

Reference List:
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Foord, E.E., Chirnside, W., Davis, A.M., Lichte, F.E., Esposito, K.J. (1995) A new U–Ti–Ca–HREE hydrated oxide and associated niobian rutile from Topaz Valley, Utah. Mineralogical Record: 26: 122-128.
Belakovskiy, D.I. and Pautov, L.A. (2002) A new hydrous uranium titanate from Thomas Range, Utah, USA. International Mineralogical Association, 18th. General Meeting (Edinburgh): 135.
Sokolova, E., Hawthorne, F.C., Belakovskiy, D.I., Pautov, L.A. (2005) The OD (order–disorder) structure of holfertite, a hydrated uranyl titanate mineral from Searle Canyon, Thomas Range, Utah, USA. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1545-1552.
Ercit, T.S., Piilonen, P.C., Locock, A.J., Kolitsch, U., Rowe, R. (2006) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 91: 1201-1209.
Belakovskiy, D.I., Pautov, L.A., Sokolova, E., Hawthorne, F.C., Mokhov, A.V. (2006) Holfertite, a new mineral from Thomas Range, Utah, USA. Mineralogical Record: 37: 311-317.
Locock, A.J., Ercit, T.S., Kjellman, J., Piilonen, C. (2006) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 91: 1945-1954.

Internet Links for HolfertiteHide

Localities for HolfertiteHide

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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.
  • Utah
    • Juab Co.
      • Thomas Range
Min Rec (2006) 37:311-317; In the collection of Alex Earl
Min Rec (2006) 37:311-317
Min Rec (2006) 37:311-317
In the collection of Alex Earl
In the personal collection of Alex Earl
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