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About FlinkiteHide

Gustav Flink
Green-brown, dark green; Brownish yellow-green in transmitted light.
Vitreous, Greasy
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in 1889 by Axel Hamberg in honor of Gustav Flink [January 18, 1849 Skaraborg, Sweden - January 11, 1931 Älvsjö, Sweden), Swedish mineralogist and systematic collector of the Långban deposits, assistant curator of minerals at the Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. Flink described: akrochordite, ancylite, chalcolamprite, cordylite, dixenite, eisenpyrochroite, ektopite, endiolite, epididymite, harstigite, heliophyllite, iron-schefferite, katoptrite, langbanite, leucosphenite, lorenzenite, manganomagnetite, molybdophyllite, narsarsukite, neptunite, ochrolite, pinakiolite, platynite, pseudoparisite, pyrobelonite, quenselite, rhodotilite, soda-catapleiite, sphenomanganite, spodiophyllite, synchysite, tainiolite, trigonite, trimerite, weibulite, weslienite, yttrium-apatite. Flink wrote the Mineralogy of Sweden. In 1900, Flink was awarded a Ph. D. from the University of Upsala. A portion of the Flink mineral collection was purchased by Harvard University and has served as source material for new species and data.
This page provides mineralogical data about Flinkite.

Classification of FlinkiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
First Published:

B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
E : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 > 2:1

3 : (AB)3(XO4)Zq

20 : Arsenates (also arsenates with phosphate, but without other anions)
8 : Arsenates of Mn

Physical Properties of FlinkiteHide

Vitreous, Greasy
Green-brown, dark green; Brownish yellow-green in transmitted light.
4½ on Mohs scale
3.87 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of FlinkiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.783 nβ = 1.801 nγ = 1.834
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.051
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
X = b = Pale brownish green
Y = c = Yellow-green
Z = a = Orange-brown
2V large.

Chemical Properties of FlinkiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of FlinkiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.55 Å, b = 13.11 Å, c = 5.35 Å
a:b:c = 0.728 : 1 : 0.408
Unit Cell V:
669.82 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals thin tabular {001} with minor elongation [010]. The crystals are frequently rounded in the zone [100], and {001} is striated [100]. Individuals rare, commonly as feather-like aggregates.

Type Occurrence of FlinkiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Veinlets in magnetite ore.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Metamorphosed Mn-Fe ore body of the Långban type.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Hamberg, A. (1889) Über flinkit, ein wasserhaltiges manganarseniat aus der Grube Harstigen bei Pajsberg in Vermland. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar: 11: 212-237.

Other Language Names for FlinkiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Jarosewichite5 photos of Flinkite associated with Jarosewichite on mindat.org.
Cahnite4 photos of Flinkite associated with Cahnite on mindat.org.
Brandtite1 photo of Flinkite associated with Brandtite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BE.05AugeliteAl2(PO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.10GrattarolaiteFe3+3(PO4)O3Trig. 3m : R3m
8.BE.15CornetiteCu3(PO4)(OH)3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
8.BE.20ClinoclaseCu3(AsO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.25ArhbariteCu2Mg(AsO4)(OH)3Tric. 1 : P1
8.BE.30AllactiteMn2+7(AsO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.30RaadeiteMg7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m
8.BE.30ArganditeMn7(VO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.BE.35Chlorophoenicite(Mn,Mg)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.35Magnesiochlorophoenicite(Mg,Mn)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.45Hematolite(Mn,Mg,Al,Fe3+)15(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Trig. 3 : R3
8.BE.45KraissliteZn3(Mn,Mg)25(Fe3+,Al)(As3+O3)2[(Si,As5+)O4]10(OH)16Orth. 2 2 2 : C2 2 21
8.BE.45McgoverniteMn19Zn3(AsO4)3(AsO3)(SiO4)3(OH)21Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
8.BE.45CarlfrancisiteMn2+3(Mn2+,Mg,Fe3+,Al)42[As3+O3]2(As5+O4)4[(Si,As5+)O4]6[(As5+,Si)O4]2(OH)42 Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
8.BE.50SynadelphiteMn2+9(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)9 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.BE.55Holdenite(Mn2+,Mg)6Zn3(AsO4)2(SiO4)(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
8.BE.60KoliciteMn2+7Zn4(AsO4)2(SiO4)2(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmca
8.BE.65Sabelliite(Cu,Zn)2Zn(AsO4,SbO4)(OH)3Trig. 3 : P3
8.BE.70JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
8.BE.85WaterhouseiteMn2+7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

20.8.1SarkiniteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/m
20.8.2EveiteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
20.8.5JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
20.8.6AllactiteMn2+7(AsO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.7KrautiteMn(HAsO4) · H2OMon. 2 : P21
20.8.8SynadelphiteMn2+9(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)9 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
20.8.9SterlinghilliteMn2+3(AsO4)2 · 3H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.8.10GeigeriteMn2+5(AsO4)2(HAsO4)2 · 10H2OTric.
20.8.11Akrochordite(Mn2+,Mg)5(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.12Manganohörnesite(Mn,Mg)3(AsO4)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
20.8.13FluckiteCaMn2+(HAsO4)2 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.8.14BrandtiteCa2Mn2+(AsO4)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.15ParabrandtiteCa2Mn2+(AsO4)2 · 2H2OTric.
20.8.16WallkilldelliteCa2Mn2+3(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 9H2OHex.
20.8.17Berzeliite(NaCa2)Mg2(AsO4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
20.8.18ManganberzeliiteNaCa2Mn2+2(AsO4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
20.8.19Magnesiochlorophoenicite(Mg,Mn)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
20.8.20VillyaelleniteMnMn2Ca2(AsO4)2(HAsO4)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
20.8.21Hematolite(Mn,Mg,Al,Fe3+)15(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Trig. 3 : R3
20.8.22GrischuniteNaCa2Mn2+5Fe3+(AsO4)6 · 2H2OOrth.

Other InformationHide

Soluble in HCl.
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 FlinkiteHide

Reference List:
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Hamberg, A. (1889) Über flinkit, ein wasserhaltiges manganarseniat aus der Grube Harstigen bei Pajsberg in Vermland. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar: 11: 212-237.
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin: 679: 75.
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.: 793-794.
Culver, K.B., Berry, L.G. (1963) Flinkite and atelestite. The Canadian Mineralogist: 7: 547-553.
Moore, P.B. (1967) Crystal chemistry of the basic manganese arsenate minerals. 1. The crystal structures of flinkite, Mn2+2Mn3+(OH)4(AsO4) and retzian, Mn2+2Y3+(OH)4(AsO4). American Mineralogist: 52: 1603-1613.
Welin, E. (1968) Notes on the mineralogy of Sweden 6. X-ray powder data for minerals from Långban and the related mineral deposits of Central Sweden. Arkiv för Mineralogi och Geologi: 4: 499-541.
Dunn, P.J. (1995) Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey: the world’s most magnificent mineral deposits (published privately), part 5: 668.
Kolitsch, U. (2001) Redetermination of the mixed-valence manganese arsenate flinkite, MnII2MnIII(OH)4(AsO4). Acta Crystallographica: E57: i115-i118.
Thompson, R.M., Yang, H., Downs, R.T. (2012) Packing systematics and structural relationships of the new copper molybdate markascherite and related minerals. American Mineralogist: 97: 1977-1986.

Internet Links for FlinkiteHide

Localities for FlinkiteHide

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.
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
Nysten, P., Holtstam, D. and Jonsson, E. (1999) The Långban minerals. In Långban - The mines,their minerals, geology and explorers (D. Holtstam and J. Langhof, eds.), Swedish Museum of Natural History and Raster Förlag, Stockholm & Chr. Weise Verlag, Munich, pp. 89-183.
      • Persberg district
        • Pajsberg
Hamberg, A. (1889): Mineralogische Studien. 3. Über Flinkit, ein wasserhaltiges Manganarseniat aus der Grube Harstigen bei Pajsberg in Vermland. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar 11: 212-222 ; 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: 726, 794; Hamberg (1889) Geologiska Föreningens I Stockholm Förhandlingar, Stockholm: 11: 212-222.
  • Västra Götaland
    • Åmål
      • Strandhem ore field
Kjell Gatedal
  • Wallis (Valais)
    • Turtmann Valley
      • Pipjitälli
Ansermet, S. (2012): Mines et minéraux du Valais - II. Anniviers et Tourtemagne. With contributions by N. Meisser, Ed. Porte-plumes (Ayer)
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin mining district
        • Franklin
          • Franklin Mine
Van King
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