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About EdgarbaileyiteHide

Yellow, olive-green, dark green-brown
Crystal System:
Named in 1990 by Andrew C. Roberts, Maurizio Bonardi, Richard C. Erd, Alan J. Criddle, Christopher J. Stanley, Gordon Cressy, Ross J. Angel, and J. H. Gilles LaFlamme in honor of Edgar Herbert Bailey [August 3, 1914 Washington, District of Columbia, USA - July 28, 1983 San Mateo, California, USA], geologist for the United States Geological Survey and a mercury commodity specialist.
The only approved natural Hg silicate. Compare the two other unnamed (not approved) Hg silicate minerals: CCUK-13 and CCUK-14.

Classification of EdgarbaileyiteHide


9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
B : Sorosilicates
C : Si2O7 groups, without non-tetrahedral anions; cations in octahedral [6] and greater coordination

55 : SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups,Generally with no Additional Anions
5 : Si2O7 Groups, Generally with No Additional Anions with dimeric cations

14 : Silicates not Containing Aluminum
11 : Silicates of Th and Hg

Physical Properties of EdgarbaileyiteHide

Yellow, olive-green, dark green-brown

Optical Data of EdgarbaileyiteHide

RI values:
nα = 2.100 nγ = 2.580
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.480
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of EdgarbaileyiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of EdgarbaileyiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.72 Å, b = 7.69 Å, c = 5.96 Å
β = 112.07°
a:b:c = 1.524 : 1 : 0.775
Unit Cell V:
497.80 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of EdgarbaileyiteHide

Synonyms of EdgarbaileyiteHide

Other Language Names for EdgarbaileyiteHide

Simplified Chinese:硅汞石
Traditional Chinese:矽汞石

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Cinnabar12 photos of Edgarbaileyite associated with Cinnabar on mindat.org.
Wattersite8 photos of Edgarbaileyite associated with Wattersite on mindat.org.
Mercury6 photos of Edgarbaileyite associated with Mercury on mindat.org.
Montroydite5 photos of Edgarbaileyite associated with Montroydite on mindat.org.
Quartz1 photo of Edgarbaileyite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.BC.05Keiviite-(Yb)Yb2Si2O7Mon. 2/m : B2/m
9.BC.10Keldyshite(Na,H)2ZrSi2O7Tric. 1 : P1
9.BC.15RankiniteCa3Si2O7Mon. 2/m : P21/b
9.BC.30KristianseniteCa2ScSn(Si2O7)(Si2O6OH)Tric. 1
9.BC.35Percleveite-(Ce)(Ce,La,Nd)2Si2O7Tet. 4

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

14.11.4Thornasite(Na,K)12Th3[Si8O19]4 · 18H2OTrig. 3m : R3m

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 EdgarbaileyiteHide

Reference List:
Sort by Year (asc) | by Year (desc) | by Author (A-Z) | by Author (Z-A)
New Minerals (1997), New Minerals 1990-1994.
Mineralogical Record: 21: 215-220.
American Mineralogist: 75: 1192-1196.

Internet Links for EdgarbaileyiteHide

Localities for EdgarbaileyiteHide

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.
  • Arkansas
    • Pike Co.
Mineral News: 20(10): 1, 4-6.
  • California
    • San Benito Co.
      • Diablo Range
        • New Idria District
          • Goat Mountain
Mineralogical Record: 21: 215-220.; Mineralogical Record (1993): 24: 471-475.
    • San Mateo Co.
      • Redwood City
Dunning, Gail, The Challenge Mercury Deposit, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California., BAM Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1.
    • Sonoma Co.
      • Mayacmas Mts (Mayacamas Mts)
        • West Mayacmas District
          • Castle Rock Springs area
Mineral. Record, 21, 215{220.
  • Nevada
    • Pershing Co.
      • Antelope Springs District
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
  • Texas
    • Brewster Co.
      • Terlingua District
Rocks & Minerals: 66(1): 202.
Mineral and/or Locality  
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