Log InRegister
Home PageAbout MindatThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusWho We AreContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatCorporate SponsorshipSponsor a PageSponsored PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on Mindat
Learning CenterWhat is a mineral?The most common minerals on earthInformation for EducatorsMindat ArticlesThe ElementsBooks & Magazines
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryAdvanced Locality SearchRandom MineralRandom LocalitySearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
Mining CompaniesStatisticsUsersMineral MuseumsMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day GalleryMineral Photography


This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
Hide all sections | Show all sections

About FerrucciteHide

Ferruccio Zambonini (1880-1932)
Colourless to white
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named by Guido Carobbi in 1933 in honor of Ferruccio Zambonini (17 December 1880, Rome, Italy - 12 January 1932, Naples, Italy), Italian mineralogist who focused on Vesuvius. He worked at the Mineralogical Museum at the University of Naples and the University of Sassari (Chair of Chemistry).
Isostructural with:
Also isostructural with NaClO4 and KMnO4.

Classification of FerrucciteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

C : Complex halides
A : Borofluorides

2 : AmBX4

8 : Halides - Fluorides, Chlorides, Bromides and Iodides; also Fluoborates and Fluosilicates
12 : Fluorborates (BF'4) and fluosilicates (SiF''6)

Physical Properties of FerrucciteHide

Colourless to white
On {100}, {010}, and {001}.
2.496 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.511 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of FerrucciteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.301 nβ = 1.301 nγ = 1.307
Measured: 11° , Calculated: 22°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.006
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
r > v strong

Chemical Properties of FerrucciteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of FerrucciteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.82 Å, b = 6.25 Å, c = 6.77 Å
a:b:c = 1.091 : 1 : 1.083
Unit Cell V:
288.57 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Artificial crystals tabular {001} or {010} with c{001}, a{100}, b{010}, and m{110}.

Type Occurrence of FerrucciteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Active volcanic fumaroles.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for FerrucciteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Ferruccite associated with Avogadrite(K,Cs)[BF4]

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.CA.10Avogadrite(K,Cs)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.CA.10Barberiite(NH4)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

8.12.2Avogadrite(K,Cs)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.12.4HieratiteK2[SiF6]Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.12.5Cryptohalite(NH4)2[SiF6]Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.12.6Bararite(NH4)2[SiF6]Trig. 3m (3 2/m)

Other InformationHide

Thermal Behaviour:
Several high temperature polymorphs are known.
Soluble in water. Readily fusible.
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 FerrucciteHide

Reference List:
Sort by Year (asc) | by Year (desc) | by Author (A-Z) | by Author (Z-A)
Carobbi, G. (1933) Sulla presenza di un nuova minerale fra i prodotti dell’attività fumarolica del Vesuvio. Periodico di Mineralogia-Roma: 4: 410-422.
Foshag, W.F. (1934) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 19: 555-556.
Finbak, Hassel (1936) Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Leipzig, Berlin: 32: 433.
Klinkenberg (1937) Recueil des travaux chimiques des Pays-Bas et de la Belgique, Leyden: 56: 36.
Bellanca (1946) Rendus Soc. Min. Ital.: 3: 20.
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: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 98-99, 407.
Brunton, G. (1968) Refinement of the structure of NaBF4. Acta Crystallographica: B24: 1703-1704.
Grew, E.S., Anovitz, L.M. (2002) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised.
Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

Internet Links for FerrucciteHide

Localities for FerrucciteHide

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.
Italy (TL)
  • Campania
    • Naples
      • Somma-Vesuvius Complex
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: 99.
Russo, M., Punzo, I. (2004): I minerali del Somma-Vesuvio, AMI
Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Public Relations by Blytheweigh.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2020, except where stated. Most political location boundaries are © OpenStreetMap contributors. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: January 29, 2020 17:17:58 Page generated: January 28, 2020 00:22:19
Go to top of page