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First described from Ramberget, Hestmona Island (Hestmannøy; Hestmandö), Rødøy, Nordland, Norway. Donath (1931) reported a zinc-rich chromite from Ramberget and Værnesfjell, Nordland, Norway. Later, Seeliger and Mücke (I969), on the basis of the original analyses and XRD analyses found that this was not a Zn-rich chromite, but a tetragonal mineral, and described this as a new mineral which was named Donathite. Moore (1977) reinvestigated the mineral but found only small amounts of zinc (approximately 0.3 % ZnO). Analyses of a sample of the original material described by Donath (1931) also gave similar results. Finally Burns et al. (1997) showed it to be a mixture of 2 spinel minerals and discredited donathite as a mineral species.

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Donath, M. (1931): Zinc-bearing chromite. American Mineralogist. 16, 484-487.
Seeliger, E. and Mücke, A. (1969): Donathit, ein tetragonaler, Zn-reicher Mischcristall von Magnetit und Chromit. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 1969, 49-57.
Moore, A.C. (1977): Zinc-bearing chromite (donathite?) from Norway: A second look. Mineralogical Magazine, 41: 351-355.
Burns, P.C., Hawthorne, F.C., Libowitzky, E., Bordes, N. and Ewing, R.C. (1997): Donathite discredited: a mixture of two spinels. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 1997 (4): 163-174.

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  • Nordland
    • Rødøy
      • Hestmona Island
Donath, M. (1931): Zinc-bearing chromite. American Mineralogist. 16, 484-7.; Seeliger, E. and Mücke, A. (I969): Donathit, ein tetragonaler, Zn-reicher Mischcristall von Magnetit und Chromit. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie. Monatsheft, 1969, 49-57; Burnset al. (1997): Donathite descredited. a mixture of two spinels. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie. Monatsheft, 1997 (4): 163-174
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