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White, creamy-white, bluish-white
2½ - 3
Crystal System:
Named by George Y. Chao, Judith Baker, Ann P. Sabina, and Andrew C. Roberts in 1985 in honor of Earl Joseph (Jess) Doyle (1905 - 1994) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was a mineral collector and discovered the species.
This page provides mineralogical data about Doyleite.

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Classification of DoyleiteHide

First Published:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
F : Hydroxides (without V or U)
E : Hydroxides with OH, without H2O; sheets of edge-sharing octahedra

3 : X(OH)3

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
6 : Oxides of Al

Physical Properties of DoyleiteHide

White, creamy-white, bluish-white
2½ - 3 on Mohs scale

Optical Data of DoyleiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.545 nβ = 1.553 nγ = 1.566
Measured: 77° , Calculated: 78°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.021
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of DoyleiteHide


Crystallography of DoyleiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.00 Å, b = 5.17 Å, c = 4.98 Å
α = 97.5°, β = 118.6°, γ = 104.74°
a:b:c = 0.967 : 1 : 0.963
Unit Cell V:
104.37 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Space group P-1 or P1

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
4.794 (100)
4.296 (20)
4.182 (20)
2.360 (40)
1.972 (30)
1.857 (30)
1.842 (30)

Type Occurrence of DoyleiteHide

Synonyms of DoyleiteHide

Other Language Names for DoyleiteHide

Simplified Chinese:水铝石
Traditional Chinese:水鋁石

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gibbsite30 photos of Doyleite associated with Gibbsite on
Phlogopite1 photo of Doyleite associated with Phlogopite on
Sphalerite1 photo of Doyleite associated with Sphalerite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.FE.05BruciteMg(OH)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
4.FE.05PortlanditeCa(OH)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
4.FE.05PyrochroiteMn(OH)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
4.FE.05TheophrastiteNi(OH)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
4.FE.10BayeriteAl(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/m
4.FE.10GibbsiteAl(OH)3Mon. 2/m
4.FE.10NordstranditeAl(OH)3Tric. 1 : P1
4.FE.15BöhmiteAlO(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.FE.15Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
4.FE.25FeitknechtiteMn3+O(OH)Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
4.FE.25Lithiophorite(Al,Li)MnO2(OH)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
4.FE.30QuenselitePbMnO2(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/b
4.FE.40Vernadite(Mn4+,Fe3+,Ca,Na)(O,OH)2 · nH2OHex.
4.FE.45QuetzalcoatliteZn6Cu3(TeO6)2(OH)6 · AgxPbyClx+2yTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

7.6.1CorundumAl2O3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
7.6.2BöhmiteAlO(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
7.6.2DiasporeAlO(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
7.6.4GibbsiteAl(OH)3Mon. 2/m
7.6.5BayeriteAl(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/m
7.6.6NordstranditeAl(OH)3Tric. 1 : P1
7.6.8Akdalaite5Al2O3 · H2OHex.

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 DoyleiteHide

Reference List:
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Chao, G.Y., Baker, J., Sabina, A.P., Roberts, A.C. (1985) Doyleite, a new polymorph of Al(OH)3, and its relationship to bayerite, gibbsite and nordstrandite. Canadian Mineralogist: 23: 21-28.
Hawthorne, F.C., Dunn, P.J., Grice, J.D., Puziewicz, J., Shigley, J.E. (1986) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 71: 845-847.
Clark, G.R., Rogers, K.A., Henderson, G.S. (1998) The crystal chemistry of doyleite, Al(OH)3. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 213(2): 96-100.
Jambor, J.L., Kovalenker, V.A., Roberts, A.C. (1998) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 83: 1117-1121.

Internet Links for DoyleiteHide

Localities for DoyleiteHide

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.
  • Potosí Department
    • Potosí City
Chris Stefano specimen
Canada (TL)
  • Québec
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
CHAO, G.Y., BAKER, J., SABINA, A.P., and ROBERTS, A.C. (1985) Doyleite, a new polymorph of Al(OH)3, and its relationship to bayerite, gibbsite and nordstrandite. Canadian Mineralogist, 23, 21 28. Horváth, L and Gault, R.A. (1990), The mineralogy of Mont Saint-Hilaire Quebec. Mineralogical Record, 21, 284-359.
      • 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.
    • Montréal
CHAO, G.Y., BAKER, J., SABINA, A.P., and ROBERTS, A.C. (1985) Doyleite, a new polymoprph of Al(OH)3, and its relationship to bayerite, gibbsite and nordstrandite. Canadian Mineralogist, 23, 21-28. TARASSOFF, P., HORVÁTH, L. and PFENNINGER-HORVÁTH, E. (2006) Famous mineral localities: the Francon quarry, Montréal, Québec. Mineralogical Record, 37, 5-60.
  • Fujian Province
    • Fuzhou Prefecture
      • Jin'an District
        • Shoushan
Zilong Wu (2003): Geology of Fujian 22(3), 125-130
  • Hubei Province
    • Xianning Prefecture
      • Jiayu Co.
Songsheng Li (1993): Geology and Prospecting 29(1), 12-15
  • Jiangsu Province
    • Suzhou Prefecture
      • Huqiu District
Kecong Han and Shengyun Ma (1985): Mineral Deposits 4(2), 58-68
  • Yunnan Province
Fabre Minerals
    • Qujing Prefecture
      • Huize Co.
Dongmei Tang, Zhuangzhi Qian, Zhengjun Zhang, and Shuguang Hou (2006): Mineral Deposits 25(suppl.), 371-374
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
Walenta, K. (1992): Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Chr. Weise Verlag, München, 336 pp. (in German); WALENTA, K. (1993): Neue Mineralfunde von der Grube Clara (5. Folge). - Lapis 18 (1), 16-23; KOLITSCH, U. (1997): Uranosphärit und weitere neue Mineralfunde von der Grube Clara im Schwarzwald. Mineralien-Welt 8 (3), 18-26; KOLITSCH, U. (1997): Uranosphärit und weitere neue Mineralfunde von der Grube Clara im Schwarzwald. - Mineralien-Welt 8 (3), 18-26.
  • Oppland
    • Lunner
      • Nordmarka
Raade, G. (2005): Gjerdingen-ekeritten, en unik mineralforekomst. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift nr. 30, 2005, p 17
South Africa
  • North West Province
    • Bojanala Platinum District
      • Western Bushveld Complex
        • Brits (Brits District)
Species list by Dr. Hans Börner
  • England
    • North Yorkshire
      • North Pennines
        • Pateley Bridge District
          • Greenhow
Young, B.; Ryback, G.; Braithwaite, R. S. W.; Francis, J. G. (1997): Prosopite, doyleite and otavite from Coldstones quarry, Pateley bridge, North Yorkshire. Mineralogical Magazine 61, 895-897.
  • Nevada
    • Eureka Co.
      • Carlin Trend
        • Maggie Creek Subdistrict
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
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