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Colourless, white, greyish; colourless in transmitted light.
4 - 4½
Specific Gravity:
3.78 - 3.93
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Carl Frederik Jarl (1 August 1872, Copenhagen, Denmark - 25 January 1951, Birkerød, Denmark ), engineer and an official of the Danish cryolite industry.
The Sr analogue of calcjarlite.

Compare also jørgensenite.

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Classification of JarliteHide

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

C : Complex halides
C : Soro-aluminofluorides

6 : Aluminofluorides - Isolated Octahedra

8 : Halides - Fluorides, Chlorides, Bromides and Iodides; also Fluoborates and Fluosilicates
4 : Halides of the alkaline earths and Mg

Physical Properties of JarliteHide

Transparent, Translucent
Colourless, white, greyish; colourless in transmitted light.
4 - 4½ on Mohs scale
3.78 - 3.93 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of JarliteHide

Biaxial (+/-)
RI values:
nα = 1.429 nβ = 1.433 nγ = 1.436
Measured: 90° , Calculated: 80°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.007
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of JarliteHide

IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of JarliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.942 Å, b = 10.821 Å, c = 7.241 Å
β = 101.86°
a:b:c = 1.473 : 1 : 0.669
Unit Cell V:
1,222.47 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals minute and tabular {100} and elongated [010]. Commonly grouped in fan-like or spherulitic aggregates. Massive; radial columnar structure at times.
SG C2/m.

Type Occurrence of JarliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Drusy crystals in cavities with thomsenolite in partially dissolved cryolite.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Pegmatitic cryolite deposit in granite.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for JarliteHide


Varieties of JarliteHide

Meta-jarliteA variety of Jarlite containing some Mg, Ca, and Ba in substitution for Sr.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Pyrite4 photos of Jarlite associated with Pyrite on
Baryte3 photos of Jarlite associated with Baryte on
Fluorite3 photos of Jarlite associated with Fluorite on
Topaz2 photos of Jarlite associated with Topaz on
Cryolite2 photos of Jarlite associated with Cryolite on
Chiolite2 photos of Jarlite associated with Chiolite on
Thomsenolite2 photos of Jarlite associated with Thomsenolite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.CC.05GearksutiteCa[Al(F,OH)5(H2O)]Tric. 1 : P1
3.CC.10AcuminiteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : B2/b
3.CC.10TikhonenkoviteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : P21/b
3.CC.15ArtroeitePb[AlF3(OH)2]Tric. 1 : P1
3.CC.20JørgenseniteNa2(Sr,Ba)14Na2Al12F64(OH,F)4Mon. 2/m

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide,Sr)3Al3(OH)2F14Mon.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

8.4.1SellaiteMgF2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm
8.4.2NeighboriteNaMgF3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.4.3BischofiteMgCl2 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
8.4.4KorshunovskiteMg2Cl(OH)3 · 4H2OTric.
8.4.5CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnna
8.4.6TachyhydriteCaMg2Cl6 · 12H2OTrig.
8.4.7FluoriteCaF2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.4.8SinjariteCaCl2 · 2H2OTet.
8.4.9AntarcticiteCaCl2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
8.4.10ChlorocalciteKCaCl3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.4.14TikhonenkoviteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.4.15AcuminiteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : B2/b
8.4.16FrankdicksoniteBaF2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.4.18BøgvaditeNa2SrBa2Al4F20Mon. 2/m

Other InformationHide

Soluble in AlCl3 solution.
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 JarliteHide

Reference List:
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Bøgvad (1933) Meddelelser om Grønland: 92(8), 11pp.
Brosset (1942) Doctoral dissertation, Stockholm.
Ferguson (1949) American Mineralogist: 34: 383.
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: 118-119.
Hawthorne, F.C. (1983) The crystal structure of jarlite. Canadian Mineralogist: 21: 553-560.
Pauly, H., Nielsen, R.N. (1992) Jarlite: order-disorder structure suggested by optics, results of new analyses and empirical formulae, Canadian Mineralogist (1992): 30: 449-455.

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Localities for JarliteHide

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.
  • San Juan
    • Iglesia Department
Bengochea, L., Lara, R. y Mas, G., 1996. Kalinita y boyleita. Sulfatos secundarios del Área Valle del Cura; San Juan. 3ra Reunión de Mineralogía y Metalogenia. Instituto de Recursos Minerales, UNLP. Publicación 5: 63-66.
Greenland (TL)
  • Sermersooq
    • Arsuk Fjord
      • Ivittuut (Ivigtut)
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: 112, 119; Canadian Mineralogist (1983): 21: 553; Canadian Mineralogist (1992): 30: 449.; Petersen, O.V. and Secher, K. (1993): The minerals of Greenland. Mineralogical Record 24 (2): 1-65 (p.36)
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