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Samuel G. Gordon
MgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2O
Smoky-white, buff, colourless; crystals = pale pink or pale green on tips; colourless in transmitted light.
Vitreous, Pearly
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Samuel (Sam) George Gordon (21 June 1897, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 17 May 1953, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA), mineralogist, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The wrote 'The Mineralogy of Pennsylvania' when he was 24. He made five international trips to collect minerals for the Academy's Vaux collectionn, travelling to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Greenland and Africa and described 9 new species. He was also a founder of the Mineralogical Society of America and helped start the American Mineralogist.
The magnesium analogue of Mangangordonite.

A rare secondary mineral formed from the alteration of variscite in nodules in limestone or as a late-stage hydrothermal mineral in complex granitic pegmatites.

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Classification of GordoniteHide

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

D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H2O
C : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 1:1 and < 2:1

11 : (AB)3(XO4)2Zq·xH2O

19 : Phosphates
8 : Phosphates of Al and other metals

Pronounciation of GordoniteHide

PlayRecorded byCountry
Jolyon & Katya RalphUnited Kingdom

Physical Properties of GordoniteHide

Vitreous, Pearly
Lustre pearly on {010}.
Smoky-white, buff, colourless; crystals = pale pink or pale green on tips; colourless in transmitted light.
3½ on Mohs scale
On {010}, perfect; on {100}, fair; on {001}, poor.
2.23 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.22 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of GordoniteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.534 nβ = 1.543 nγ = 1.558
Measured: 73°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.024
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
r > v weak

Chemical Properties of GordoniteHide

MgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2O

Crystallography of GordoniteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
1 - Pedial
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.246 Å, b = 10.532 Å, c = 6.975 Å
α = 107.51°, β = 111.03°, γ = 72.21°
a:b:c = 0.498 : 1 : 0.662
Unit Cell V:
334.48 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals rare, prismatic [001] to platy {010}, with dominant basal pedions; elongated and strongly striated along [001], and less markedly on [100]. {001} is lacking at times, leaving the crystals terinated entirely by {011}; rarely doubly terinated. May exhibit numerous lesser forms. Commonly in bundles and sheaflike aggregates with all individual crystals of one group similarly terminated.

Type Occurrence of GordoniteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA: #137128.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Variscite nodules in limestone.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for GordoniteHide


Relationship of Gordonite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
FerrolaueiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
Kastningite(Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg)Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
KummeriteMn2+Fe3+Al(PO4)2(OH)2·8H2OTric. 1 : P1
LaueiteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
MangangordoniteMn2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric.
ParavauxiteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
SigloiteFe3+Al2(PO4)2(OH)3 · 7H2OTric.
UshkoviteMgFe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric.

Common AssociatesHide

CollinsiteCa2(Mg,Fe2+)(PO4)2 · 2H2O
MontgomeryiteCa4MgAl4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 12H2O
RobertsiteCa2Mn3+3(PO4)3O2 · 3H2O
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Wardite16 photos of Gordonite associated with Wardite on
Crandallite14 photos of Gordonite associated with Crandallite on
Variscite7 photos of Gordonite associated with Variscite on
Lazulite7 photos of Gordonite associated with Lazulite on
Childrenite7 photos of Gordonite associated with Childrenite on
Arrojadite-(KFe)7 photos of Gordonite associated with Arrojadite-(KFe) on
Millisite5 photos of Gordonite associated with Millisite on
Cacoxenite2 photos of Gordonite associated with Cacoxenite on
Quartz2 photos of Gordonite associated with Quartz on
Overite1 photo of Gordonite associated with Overite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.DC.05NissoniteCu2Mg2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 5H2OMon.
8.DC.07EuchroiteCu2(AsO4)(OH) · 3H2OOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
8.DC.10LegranditeZn2(AsO4)(OH) · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.12StrashimiriteCu8(AsO4)4(OH)4 · 5H2OMon.
8.DC.15ArthuriteCuFe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
8.DC.15EarlshannoniteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
8.DC.15OjuelaiteZnFe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
8.DC.15WhitmoreiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.15Cobaltarthurite(Co,Mg)Fe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.15BendadaiteFe2+Fe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.15KunatiteCuFe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.15UKI-2006-(PO:FeHZn)ZnFe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
8.DC.15UKI-2006-(PO:AlCuFeH)Fe2+Al3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2O
8.DC.17KleemaniteZnAl2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 3H2OMon.
8.DC.20BermaniteMn2+Mn3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P2/b
8.DC.20CoralloiteMn2+Mn3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.22KovdorskiteMg2(PO4)(OH) · 3H2OMon.
8.DC.25FerristrunziteFe3+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2OTric.
8.DC.25FerrostrunziteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric.
8.DC.25MetavauxiteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.25MetavivianiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.25StrunziteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.27BerauniteFe2+Fe3+5(PO4)4(OH)5 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
8.DC.30LaueiteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30MangangordoniteMn2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric.
8.DC.30ParavauxiteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30PseudolaueiteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.DC.30SigloiteFe3+Al2(PO4)2(OH)3 · 7H2OTric.
8.DC.30StewartiteMn2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30UshkoviteMgFe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric.
8.DC.30FerrolaueiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30Kastningite(Mn2+,Fe2+,Mg)Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30MaghrebiteMgAl2(AsO4)2(OH)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.30NordgauiteMnAl2(PO4)2(F,OH)2 · 5H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.32TinticiteFe3+5.34(PO4)3.62(VO4)0.38(OH)4 · 6.7H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.35VauxiteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.37VantasseliteAl4(PO4)3(OH)3 · 9H2OOrth.
8.DC.40CacoxeniteFe3+24Al(PO4)17O6(OH)12 · 17H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
8.DC.45Gormanite(Fe2+,Mg)3(Al,Fe3+)4(PO4)4(OH)6 · 2H2OTric.
8.DC.45Souzalite(Mg,Fe2+)3(Al,Fe3+)4(PO4)4(OH)6 · 2H2OTric.
8.DC.47KingiteAl3(PO4)2F2(OH) · 7H2OTric.
8.DC.50WavelliteAl3(PO4)2(OH,F)3 · 5H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.DC.50AllanpringiteFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
8.DC.52KribergiteAl5(PO4)3(SO4)(OH)4 · 4H2OTric. 1 : P1
8.DC.55MapimiteZn2Fe3+3(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 10H2OMon.
8.DC.57OgdensburgiteCa2Fe3+4(Zn,Mn2+)(AsO4)4(OH)6 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmmm
8.DC.60Nevadaite(Cu2+,Al,V3+)6Al8(PO4)8F8(OH)2 · 22H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.DC.60CloncurryiteCu0.5(VO)0.5Al2(PO4)2F2 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1 · 7H2OTric. · 8H2OTric.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

19.8.1MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
19.8.2BrazilianiteNaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4Mon. 2/m : P2/b
19.8.3WarditeNaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4 · 2H2OTet. 4 2 2 : P41 21 2
19.8.4TancoiteLiNa2Al(PO4)(HPO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
19.8.6TinsleyiteKAl2(PO4)2(OH) · 2H2OMon.
19.8.7Taranakite(K,NH4)Al3(PO4)3(OH) · 9H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
19.8.8FrancoanelliteK3Al5(PO4)2(HPO4)3 · 12H2OTrig.
19.8.10AldermaniteMg5Al12(PO4)8(OH)22 · 32H2OOrth.
19.8.11OveriteCaMgAl(PO4)2(OH) · 4H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
19.8.12MontgomeryiteCa4MgAl4(PO4)6(OH)4 · 12H2OMon. 2 : B2
19.8.14FoggiteCaAl(PO4)(OH)2 · H2OOrth.
19.8.15GatumbaiteCaAl2(PO4)2(OH)2 · H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
19.8.16CrandalliteCaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
19.8.17Matulaite(Fe3+,Al)Al7(PO4)4(PO3OH)2(OH)8(H2O)8 · 8H2OMon.
19.8.20Millisite(Na,K)CaAl6(PO4)4(OH)9 · 3H2OTet.
19.8.21EnglishiteK3Na2Ca10Al15(PO4)21(OH)7 · 26H2OMon. 2/m
19.8.22KleemaniteZnAl2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 3H2OMon.
19.8.23MantienneiteKMg2Al2Ti(PO4)4(OH)3 · 15H2OOrth.
19.8.24PaulkerriteK(Mg,Mn2+)2(Fe3+,Al,Ti,Mg)2Ti(PO4)4(OH)3 · 15H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca

Other InformationHide

Soluble in acids.
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 GordoniteHide

Reference List:
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Larsen, E.S., Shannon, E.V. (1930) The minerals of the phosphate nodules from near Fairfield, Utah. American Mineralogist: 15: 307-337.
Pough, F. (1937) The morphology of gordonite. American Mineralogist: 22: 625.
Larsen, E.S. (1942) The mineralogy and paragenesis of the variscite nodules from near Fairfield, Utah, Part 1. American Mineralogist: 27: 281-300.
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.: 975-976.
Hurlbut, C., Jr., Honea, R. (1962) Sigloite, a new mineral from Llallagua, Bolivia. American Mineralogist: 47: 1–8 [X-ray data].
Leavens, P.B., Rheingold, A.L. (1988) Crystal structures of gordonite, MgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2(H2O)6 •2H2O, and its Mn analog. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte: 1988: 265-270.

Internet Links for GordoniteHide

Localities for GordoniteHide

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Locality ListHide

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All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • South Australia
    • Mt Lofty Ranges
      • North Mt Lofty Ranges
        • Barossa Valley
          • Angaston
Francis, G.L., Peisley, V., 2012. Minerals from Penrice quarry and the phosphate deposits Klemms and St Kitts, Angaston, South Australia. (self published).
        • Kapunda
Peter Elliott
      • South Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills)
        • Noarlunga
  • Victoria
    • Moorabool Shire
      • Bacchus Marsh
Birch, W.D. & Henry, D.J., 1993, Phosphate Minerals of Victoria, The Mineralogical Society of Victoria, Special Publication No. 3
  • Western Australia
    • Meekatharra Shire
      • Milgun Station
Mineralogical Magazine 39,577-579(1974);
  • Minas Gerais
    • Conselheiro Pena
Sergio Varvello collection
    • Galiléia
      • Sapucaia do Norte
Cassedanne, J.P. & Baptista, A. (1999): Famous Mineral Localities: The Sapucaia Pegmatite Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mineralogical Record, 30: 347-360 + 365
  • Yukon
    • Dawson Mining District
MinRec 23:4-47
[MinRec 23:22]
        • Kulan Camp (Area A; Area 1)
Robinson, G.W., Van Velthuizen, J., Ansell, H.G. & Sturman, B.D. (1992): Mineralogy of the Rapid Creek and Big Fish River area, Yukon Territory. Mineralogical Record 23, 1-47
  • Occitanie
    • Pyrénées-Orientales
Berbain,C., Riley, T., Favreau, G., (2012): Phosphates des pegmatites du massif des Albères (Pyrénées-Orientales). Le Cahier des Micromonteurs. 117, 121-172
        • Collioure (Cotlliure)
BERBAIN. C, RILEY. T, FAVREAU. G, (2012) Phosphates des pegmatites du massif des Albères. Ed Association Française de Microminéralogie
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Palatinate
      • Pleystein
DILL, H.G., MELCHER, F., GERDES, A. and WEBER, B. (2008): The origin and zoning of hypogene and supergene Fe-Mn-Mg-Sc-U-REE-Zn phosphate mineralization from the newly discovered Trutzhofmühle aplite (Hagendorf pegmatite province, Germany). Canadian Mineralogist 46, 1131-1157.; Dill, H. G., Melcher, F., Gerdes, A., & Weber, B. (2008). The origin and zoning of hypogene and supergene Fe–Mn–Mg–Sc–U–REE phosphate mineralization from the newly discovered Trutzhofmühle aplite, Hagendorf pegmatite province, Germany. The Canadian Mineralogist, 46(5), 1131-1157.
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Tazenakht
Favreau, G. (2012): Les minéralisations à phosphates de la pegmatite d'Angarf-Sud (Maroc).Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 3-2012, 3-70.
  • Northern Region
    • Murmanskaya Oblast'
Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 121(2): 95-103(1992)
  • New Hampshire
    • Grafton Co.
      • Groton
NIZAMOFF, James W., SIMMONS, William B., and FALSTER, Alexander U. (2004) PHOSPHATE MINERALOGY AND PARAGENESIS OF THE PALERMO #2 PEGMATITE, NORTH GROTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 115
Journal of Pegmatology vol. 1, no. 1 ; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 115
  • South Dakota
    • Custer Co.
      • Custer District
        • Fourmile
Rocks & Minerals: 60: 117.
  • Utah
    • Utah Co.
      • Oquirrh Mts
        • Fairfield
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: 976; UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah.
Rocks & Minerals (1970): 45(11): 667-674.; Wilson, W. (2010): The Clay Canyon Variscite Mine, Fairfield Utah. Mineralogical Record. 41:321-349.
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