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About LautariteHide

Colourless; yellowish
3½ - 4
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
After the type locality Oficina Lautaro, Antofagasta, Chile. (Lautaro is also the name of the Mapuche leader who resisted the Spanish conquest of Chile.)
This page provides mineralogical data about Lautarite.

Classification of LautariteHide

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

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
K : Iodates: Trigonal [IO3] pyramids (mostly).
A : Iodates without additional anions, without H2O
Dana 7th ed.:

1 : Miscellaneous

29 : Iodates

Physical Properties of LautariteHide

Colourless; yellowish
3½ - 4 on Mohs scale
On {011} good; on {100} and {110} in traces.
4.59 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.48 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of LautariteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.792 nβ = 1.840 nγ = 1.888
Measured: 90° , Calculated: 86°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.096
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
r > v perceptible

Chemical Properties of LautariteHide


Crystallography of LautariteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.28 Å, b = 11.3 Å, c = 7.14 Å
β = 106.36°
a:b:c = 0.644 : 1 : 0.632
Unit Cell V:
563.58 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals short prismatic [001]. Faces in zone [001] rounded and striated [001]. Stellate aggregates common.

Crystal StructureHide

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IDSpeciesReferenceLinkYearLocalityPressure (GPa)Temp (K)
0009623LautariteGhose S, Wan C (1978) The crystal structure of synthetic lautarite, Ca(IO3)2 Acta Crystallographica B34 84-881978synthetic0293
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Type Occurrence of LautariteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Crystals coating fractures or embedded in gypsum bands.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Sedimentary nitrate deposits.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of LautariteHide

Other Language Names for LautariteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
2 photos of Lautarite associated with NitratineNaNO3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

29.1SalesiteCu(IO3)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
29.2BellingeriteCu3(IO3)6 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
29.4BrüggeniteCa(IO3)2 · H2OMon.
29.5DietzeiteCa2(IO3)2(CrO4) · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
29.6SeeligeritePb3(IO3)OCl3Orth. mm2 : Cmm2
29.7SchwartzembergitePb5H2(IO2)O4Cl3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
29.8HectorfloresiteNa9(SO4)4(IO3)Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Other InformationHide

Slightly soluble in water. Readily soluble in HCl with evolution of Cl.
Health Risks:
Emits toxic chlorine gas when placed in contact with HCl.

References for LautariteHide

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Dietze (1891) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 19: 447.
Osann (1894) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 23: 586.
Gossner and Mussgnug (1930) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 75: 410.
Larsen, E.S. and Berman, H. (1934) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, Second edition, USGS Bulletin 848: 140.
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: 312-313.
Acta Crystallographica (1978): B34: 84-88.

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Localities for LautariteHide

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.
  • Antofagasta
    • Antofagasta Province
      • Reventon District
        • Paposo
      • Taltal
        • Oficina Lautaro
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: 313; Acta Cryst. B34 (1978), 84.
    • Tocopilla Province
      • María Elena
        • Pedro de Valdivia
Marta, V. E. G. A., & Pueyo, J. (1996) Parental Brine Evolution in the Chilean Nitrate Deposits (Pedro de Valdivia, II Region de Antofagasta). Mineralogical and Petrographic Data. Third ISAG, S1 Malo (France), 17-19/9/1996
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