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Hercynite

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Formula:
Fe2+Al2O4
Colour:
Dark blue-green, yellow, brown
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
Specific Gravity:
4.39 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Isometric
Member of:
Name:
Named in 1839 by František Xaver Maximilian Zippe from the Latin name for the Bohemian Forest, Silva Hercynia, where the species was first found.
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Classification of HercyniteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
4.BB.05

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
B : Metal: Oxygen = 3:4 and similar
B : With only medium-sized cations
7.2.1.3

7 : MULTIPLE OXIDES
2 : AB2X4
7.20.14

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
20 : Oxides of Fe

Physical Properties of HercyniteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Translucent
Colour:
Dark blue-green, yellow, brown
Streak:
Dark greyish green to dark green
Hardness:
7½ on Mohs scale
Tenacity:
Brittle
Fracture:
Conchoidal
Density:
4.39 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of HercyniteHide

Type:
Isotropic

Chemical Properties of HercyniteHide

Formula:
Fe2+Al2O4

Crystallography of HercyniteHide

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:
Fd3m
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.119 Å
Unit Cell V:
535.19 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Crystals usually octahedral.
Twinning:
Common on {111}, (spinel law).

Type Occurrence of HercyniteHide

Synonyms of HercyniteHide

Other Language Names for HercyniteHide

German:Hercynit
Simplified Chinese:铁尖晶石
Spanish:Hercynita

Varieties of HercyniteHide

ChromohercyniteA chromian variety of Hercynite. Compare with Alumochromite.
ChrompicotiteA variety of 'Picotite' (= Hercynite).
CobaltochrompicotiteA cobaltian variety of Chrompicotite.
PicotiteMg- and Cr-bearing hercynite.

Relationship of Hercynite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
ChromiteFe2+Cr3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
Cochromite(Co,Ni,Fe)(Cr,Al)2O4
CoulsoniteFe2+V3+2O4
CuprospinelCu2+Fe3+2O4Iso.
Filipstadite(Sb0.5Fe0.5)Mn2O4Iso.
FrankliniteZn2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
GahniteZnAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
GalaxiteMn2+Al2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
JacobsiteMn2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
MagnesiochromiteMgCr2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
MagnesiocoulsoniteMgV2O4Iso.
MagnesioferriteMgFe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
MagnetiteFe2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
ManganochromiteMn2+Cr2O4
Nichromite(Ni,Co,Fe)(Cr,Fe,Al)2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
Qandilite(Mg,Fe3+)2(Ti,Fe3+,Al)O4
SpinelMgAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
TrevoriteNi2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
UlvöspinelFe2TiO4Iso.
VuorelaineniteMn2+V3+2O4
XieiteFe2+Cr2O4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
ZincochromiteZnCr2O4Iso.
Forms a series with:

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Spinel7 photos of Hercynite associated with Spinel on mindat.org.
Magnetite3 photos of Hercynite associated with Magnetite on mindat.org.
Iron3 photos of Hercynite associated with Iron on mindat.org.
Troilite3 photos of Hercynite associated with Troilite on mindat.org.
Chromite3 photos of Hercynite associated with Chromite on mindat.org.
Clinochlore2 photos of Hercynite associated with Clinochlore on mindat.org.
Ilmenorutile1 photo of Hercynite associated with Ilmenorutile on mindat.org.
Rutile1 photo of Hercynite associated with Rutile on mindat.org.
Sillimanite1 photo of Hercynite associated with Sillimanite on mindat.org.
Sodalite1 photo of Hercynite associated with Sodalite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.BB.05ChromiteFe2+Cr3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05Cochromite(Co,Ni,Fe)(Cr,Al)2O4
4.BB.05CoulsoniteFe2+V3+2O4
4.BB.05CuprospinelCu2+Fe3+2O4Iso.
4.BB.05Filipstadite(Sb0.5Fe0.5)Mn2O4Iso.
4.BB.05FrankliniteZn2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05GahniteZnAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05GalaxiteMn2+Al2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05JacobsiteMn2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05ManganochromiteMn2+Cr2O4
4.BB.05MagnesiocoulsoniteMgV2O4Iso.
4.BB.05MagnesiochromiteMgCr2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05MagnesioferriteMgFe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05MagnetiteFe2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05Nichromite(Ni,Co,Fe)(Cr,Fe,Al)2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05Qandilite(Mg,Fe3+)2(Ti,Fe3+,Al)O4
4.BB.05SpinelMgAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05TrevoriteNi2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
4.BB.05UlvöspinelFe2TiO4Iso.
4.BB.05VuorelaineniteMn2+V3+2O4
4.BB.05ZincochromiteZnCr2O4Iso.
4.BB.10HausmanniteMn2+Mn3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
4.BB.10HetaeroliteZnMn2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
4.BB.10HydrohetaeroliteZnMn2O4 · H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
4.BB.10IwakiiteMn2+Fe3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd
4.BB.15MaghemiteFe3+2O3Iso. 4 3 2 : P41 3 2
4.BB.15TitanomaghemiteFe3+(Fe3+,Ti4+,Fe2+,◻)2O4Iso. 4 3 2 : P43 3 2
4.BB.20Tegengrenite(Mg,Mn2+)2Sb5+0.5(Mn3+,Si,Ti)0.5O4Trig.
4.BB.25XieiteFe2+Cr2O4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

7.2.1.1SpinelMgAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
7.2.1.2GalaxiteMn2+Al2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
7.2.1.4GahniteZnAl2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

7.20.1WüstiteFeOIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
7.20.2MagnetiteFe2+Fe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
7.20.3MaghemiteFe3+2O3Iso. 4 3 2 : P41 3 2
7.20.4HematiteFe2O3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
7.20.5Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
7.20.6Akaganeite(Fe3+,Ni2+)8(OH,O)16Cl1.25 · nH2OMon. 2/m
7.20.7FeroxyhyteFe3+O(OH)Hex.
7.20.8Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)Orth. mm2 : Cmc21
7.20.9FerrihydriteFe3+10O14(OH)2Trig.
7.20.10Amakinite(Fe2+,Mg)(OH)2Trig.
7.20.11MagnesioferriteMgFe3+2O4Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
7.20.12MuskoxiteMg7Fe4O13 · 10H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m)
7.20.13SrebrodolskiteCa2Fe3+2O5Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
7.20.15BrownmilleriteCa2(Al,Fe3+)2O5Orth. mm2

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.

Hercynite in petrologyHide

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References for HercyniteHide

Reference List:
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Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Seventh edition, Volume I: 689-697.
Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen: 115: 120-122.
European Journal of Mineralogy: 6: 39-51.
Andreozzi, G.B. and Lucchesi, S. (2002) Intersite distribution of Fe 2+ and Mg in the spinel (sensu-stricto)-hercynite series by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. American Mineralogist: 87: 1113-1120.
Jastrzębska Ilona; Szczerba Jacek; Błachowski Artur; Stoch Paweł (2017): Structure and microstructure evolution of hercynite spinel (Fe2+Al2O4) after annealing treatment. Eur. J. Mineral. 29, 1-10.

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