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Ferrinatrite

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Formula:
Na3Fe(SO4)3 · 3H2O
Colour:
Colourless, grayish white, pale green, bluish green, amethystine; colourless in transmitted light.
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
Specific Gravity:
2.55 - 2.61
Crystal System:
Trigonal
Name:
From the chemistry of the mineral. FERRIc iron and sodium (NATRium).
This page provides mineralogical data about Ferrinatrite.


Classification of Ferrinatrite

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
7.CC.35

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
C : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) without additional anions, with H2O
C : With medium-sized and large cations
29.4.4.1

29 : HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
4 : AmBn(XO4)p·xH2O, with (m+n):p < 3:2 and > 1:1
25.11.4

25 : Sulphates
11 : Sulphates of Fe and other metals

Physical Properties of Ferrinatrite

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
Colourless, grayish white, pale green, bluish green, amethystine; colourless in transmitted light.
Hardness:
2½ on Mohs scale
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Perfect
Perfect on {10_10}
Less perfect {11_20}
Fracture:
Splintery
Density:
2.55 - 2.61 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.55 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Ferrinatrite

Type:
Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.556 - 1.558 nε = 1.610 - 1.613
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.054
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Comments:
Colorless in thin section.

Chemical Properties of Ferrinatrite

Formula:
Na3Fe(SO4)3 · 3H2O
IMA Formula:
Na3Fe3+(SO4)3 · 3H2O

Crystallography of Ferrinatrite

Crystal System:
Trigonal
Class (H-M):
3 - Rhombohedral
Space Group:
P3
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.566(5) Å, c = 8.69(1) Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 0.558
Unit Cell V:
1,823.49 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
6
Morphology:
Crystals short prismatic [0001]. Isolated individuals or stellate groups; fibrous aggregates or cleavable masses; cryptocrystalline.

Type Occurrence of Ferrinatrite

Synonyms of Ferrinatrite

Other Language Names for Ferrinatrite

Common Associates

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Metavoltine3 photos of Ferrinatrite associated with Metavoltine on mindat.org.
Gypsum1 photo of Ferrinatrite associated with Gypsum on mindat.org.
Gold1 photo of Ferrinatrite associated with Gold on mindat.org.
Halotrichite-Pickeringite Series1 photo of Ferrinatrite associated with Halotrichite-Pickeringite Series on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping

7.CC.AndychristyitePbCu2+Te6+O5(H2O)
7.CC.05KrausiteKFe(SO4)2 · H2O
7.CC.10TamarugiteNaAl(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.15KaliniteKAl(SO4)2 · 11H2O Not confirmed
7.CC.15MendoziteNaAl(SO4)2 · 11H2O
7.CC.20Lonecreekite(NH4)Fe3+(SO4)2 · 12H2O
7.CC.20Alum-(K)KAl(SO4)2 · 12H2O
7.CC.20Alum-(Na)NaAl(SO4)2 · 12H2O
7.CC.20Tschermigite(NH4)Al(SO4)2 · 12H2O
7.CC.20LanmuchangiteTl+Al(SO4)2 · 12H2O
7.CC.25VoltaiteK2Fe2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
7.CC.25ZincovoltaiteK2Zn5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
7.CC.25PertlikiteK2(Fe2+,Mg)2Mg4Fe3+2Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
7.CC.25Ammoniomagnesiovoltaite(NH4)2Mg2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
7.CC.30KröhnkiteNa2Cu(SO4)2 · 2H2O
7.CC.40GoldichiteKFe(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.45LöweiteNa12Mg7(SO4)13 · 15H2O
7.CC.50BlöditeNa2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.50NickelblöditeNa2(Ni,Mg)(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.50ChangoiteNa2Zn(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.50ZincblöditeNa2Zn(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.55LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.55MereiteriteK2Fe(SO4)2 · 4H2O
7.CC.60Boussingaultite(NH4)2Mg(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.60CyanochroiteK2Cu(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.60Mohrite(NH4)2Fe(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.60Nickelboussingaultite(NH4)2Ni(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.60PicromeriteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.65PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
7.CC.70LeightoniteK2Ca2Cu(SO4)4 · 2H2O
7.CC.75AmarilliteNaFe(SO4)2 · 6H2O
7.CC.80KonyaiteNa2Mg(SO4)2 · 5H2O
7.CC.85WattevilleiteNa2Ca(SO4)2 · 4H2O (?)

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals Grouping

25.11.1NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
25.11.2SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
25.11.3MetasideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · H2O
25.11.5AmarilliteNaFe(SO4)2 · 6H2O
25.11.6YavapaiiteKFe(SO4)2
25.11.7KrausiteKFe(SO4)2 · H2O
25.11.8GoldichiteKFe(SO4)2 · 4H2O
25.11.9JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
25.11.10VoltaiteK2Fe2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
25.11.11UngemachiteK3Na8Fe(SO4)6(NO3)2 · 6H2O
25.11.12MetavoltineNa6K2FeFe6(SO4)12O2 · 18H2O
25.11.13Sabieite(NH4)Fe3+(SO4)2
25.11.14Ammoniojarosite(NH4)Fe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
25.11.15Clairite(NH4)2Fe3(SO4)4(OH)3 · 3H2O
25.11.16Mohrite(NH4)2Fe(SO4)2 · 6H2O
25.11.17Lonecreekite(NH4)Fe3+(SO4)2 · 12H2O
25.11.18Godovikovite(NH4)Al(SO4)2
25.11.19BotryogenMgFe3+(SO4)2(OH) · 7H2O
25.11.21Slavíkite(H3O+)3Mg6Fe15(SO4)21(OH)18 · 98H2O
25.11.23SturmaniteCa6(Fe3+,Al,Mn3+)2(SO4)2[B(OH)4](OH)12 · 25H2O
25.11.24Millosevichite(Al,Fe)2(SO4)3
25.11.25AluminocopiapiteAl2/3Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
25.11.26HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
25.11.27Idrizite(Mg,Fe)(Al,Fe)2(SO4)3(OH)2 · 15H2O or near
25.11.28LishizheniteZnFe2(SO4)4 · 14H2O
25.11.29ZincovoltaiteK2Zn5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O

Other Information

Notes:
Alters to sideronatrite in moist air.
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 Ferrinatrite

Reference List:
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Mackintosh (1889) American Journal of Science [3]: 38: 244 (as ferromatrite).
Frenzel (1890) Mineralogische und petrographische Mitteilungen, Vienna: 11: 218.
Genth and Penfield (1890) American Journal of Science: 40: 202.
Arzruni and Frenzel (1891).
Scharizer (1906) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 41: 210.
Ungemach (1935) Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie: 58: 203 (as Leucoglaucite)
Bandy (1938) American Mineralogist: 23: 731.
Gordon (1942) Not. Nat., Academy of Sciences, Philadelphia, no.103.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 456-457.
Mineralogical Magazine: 41: 375-383.
Handbook of Mineralogy: Vol V: 223.

Internet Links for Ferrinatrite

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Specimens:
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Localities for Ferrinatrite

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.
Argentina
 
  • Jujuy
    • Santa Bárbara Department
      • Cerros de Santa Bárbara (Cerro Santa Bárbara)
        • El Palmar hot springs
Zavalia, Maria Florencia Marquez & Galliski, Miguel Angel (1995): Goldichite of fumarolic origin from the Santa Barbara mine, Jujuy, northwestern Argentina. Canadian Mineralogist 33, 1059-1062.
Chile (TL)
 
  • Antofagasta Region
    • Antofagasta Province
      • Sierra Gorda District
NJMM (1987), 171; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 457, 605, 620.
    • El Loa Province
      • Calama
        • Cerritos Bayos
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. 7th edition: 457.; Kampf, A.R.; Mills, S.J.; Housley, R.M.; Williams, P.A.; Dini, M. (2012): Alcaparrosaite, K3Ti4+Fe3+(SO4)4O(H2O)2, a new hydrophobic Ti4+ sulfate from Alcaparrosa, Chile. Mineralogical Magazine 76, 851-861.
        • Chuquicamata District
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 457.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 457.
  • Atacama Region
    • Copiapó Province
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 457.
Germany
 
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Ruhr Coal Mining area
      • Herne
No reference listed
    • Sauerland
      • Marsberg
Lapis, 16 (12), 13-21+58.
      • Meschede
Schnorrer-Köhler, G., (1988): Mineralogische Notizen IV, Der Aufschluss, Vol. 39, 153-168
  • Saxony
    • Dresden
Thalheim, K.; Reichel, W. & Witzke, T. (1991): Die Minerale des Döhlener Beckens.- Schriften des Staatlichen Museums für Mineralogie und Geologie zu Dresden, Nr. 3
Italy
 
  • Campania
    • Naples Province
      • Somma-Vesuvius Complex
Russo, M., Punzo, I. (2004): I minerali del Somma-Vesuvio, AMI
  • Sicily
    • Messina Province
      • Eolie Islands (Aeolian Islands)
        • Lipari
          • Vulcano Island
Campostrini, I., Demartin, F., Gramaccioli, C.M., Russo, M. (2011): Vulcano - Tre secoli di mineralogia. AMI-Associazione Micromineralogica Italiana, Cremona, Italy, 344 pp.
  • Tuscany
    • Siena Province
      • Chiusdino
Mineralogical Record, 15 (1), 27-36.; Menchetti, S., Batoni, M., Batacchi, C., Borselli, G., Brogi, A., Ceccantini, L., Fassina, B., Marchesini, M., Rossellini, A. & Ruggieri, G. (2015): Le Cetine di Cotorniano. Miniera e minerali. Associazione Micro-Mineralogica Italiana, Cremona, 354 p.
Poland
 
  • Upper Silesia (Śląskie)
    • Upper Silesian Coal Basin
      • Katowice area
Parafiniuk, J. and Kruszewski, Ł. (2009): Ammonium minerals from burning coal-dumps of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin (Poland). Geol. Quart., 53, 341-356. http://www.pgi.gov.pl/images/stories/G_Q/53_3/parafiniuk.pdf]
USA
 
  • Utah
    • San Juan Co.
      • White Canyon District
        • Red Canyon
Plášil, j.,Kampf, A.R., Kasatkin, A.V., Marty, J., Škoda, R., Silva, S. & Čejka, J. (2013): Meisserite, Na5(UO2)(SO4)3(SO3OH)(H2O), a new uranyl sulfate mineral from the Blue Lizard mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA. Mineralogical Magazine. 77, 2975-2988.
  • Virginia
    • Louisa Co.
      • Gold-Pyrite Belt
        • Mineral
Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
    • Wise Co.
      • Big Stone Gap
Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
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