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Likasite

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Formula:
Cu3NO3(OH)5 · 2H2O
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Blue
Name:
Named for the type locality.
This page provides mineralogical data about Likasite.


Classification of Likasite

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
5.ND.05

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
N : NITRATES
D : With OH (etc.) and H2O
Dana 7th ed.:
19.2.1.1
19.1.5.1

19 : NITRATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
1 : Anhydrous Nitrates Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen

Physical Properties of Likasite

Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent
Colour:
Blue
Cleavage:
Perfect
on {001}
Density:
2.96 - 2.98 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.97 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Likasite

Type:
Biaxial
Dispersion:
relatively strong
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
X= Pale greenish blue
Y= purplish blue

Chemical Properties of Likasite

IMA Formula:
Cu3NO3(OH)5 · 2H2O
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Likasite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.830(1) Å, b = 6.775(1) Å, c = 21.711(5) Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.861 : 1 : 3.205
Unit Cell Volume:
V 857.55 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Crystals to 1.5mm, rectangular section, tabular.

Occurrences of Likasite

Type Occurrence of Likasite

Relationship of Likasite to other Species

5.ND.10Mbobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4(NO3,SO4)2(OH)12 · 3H2O
5.ND.15Hydrombobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4(NO3)2(SO4)(OH)12 · 14H2O
5.ND.20SveiteKAl7(NO3)4(OH)16Cl2 · 8H2O

Other Names for Likasite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Likasit
Spanish:Likasita

Other Information

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 Likasite

Reference List:
Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie: 78 (1955): 84-88. [Abs. in American Mineralogist (1955): 40: 942.]

Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie: 96 (1973): 143-145.

Effenberger, H. (1986): Cu3(NO3)(OH)5·2H2O: Revision of the chemical formula and redetermination of the crystal structure. Neues Jarbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 1986, 101-110.

American Mineralogist (1987): 72: 1028.

C. H. Yoder, E. Bushong, X. Liu, V. Weidner, P. McWilliams, K. Martin, J. Lorgunpai, J. Haller and R. W. Schaeffer (2010): The synthesis and solubility of the copper hydroxyl nitrates, gerhardtite, rouaite and likasite. Mineral. Mag. 74, 433-440.

Internet Links for Likasite

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Localities for Likasite

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.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Australia
 
  • South Australia
    • Flinders Ranges
      • South Flinders Ranges
        • Wilmington
Australian Journal of Mineralogy. Vol 5. No. 2. 1999. 55-62
Chile
 
  • Tarapacá Region
    • El Tamarugal Province
      • Collahuasi District
Sulphides analysed by geology dep. of company; sulphates, phosphates, analysed by Bob Jenkins (Usa) 2007
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) (TL)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Likasi (Jadotville; Jadotstad)
Schoep A, Borchert W, Kohler K (1955) La likasite Cu12(OH)14(NO3)4(PO4)2, nouveau minéral, Bulletin de la Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie 78, 84-88 ; Lapis 17(3), 13-40 (1992)
      • Luambo
France
 
  • Brittany
    • Finistère
Handbook of Mineralogy Vol V
Kazakhstan
 
  • Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast')
    • Dzhezkazgan (Zhezqazghan)
Handbook of Mineralogy; Voloshin, A. V., Pakhomovskiy, Ya. A., Stepanov, V. I., Bulgak, L. V. and Men-shikov, Yu. P. (1988): Gerhardtite, likasite, and spertiniite from the oxidation zone of Dzhezkazgan chalcosite ores; first finds in the USSR. Novye Dannye o Mineralakh SSSR, 35, 40-47. (in Russian) ; Evseev, A. A. (1995) Kazaknstan and Middle Asia. A brief Mineralogical Guide. World of Stone 8:24-30
Spain
 
  • Asturias
    • Belmonte de Miranda
Calvo, M. (2012): Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. V, Carbonatos y Nitratos. Boratos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid - Fundación Gómez Pardo. 711 pp.
UK
 
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Callington District
        • Calstock
          • Gunnislake
Golley, P., and Williams, R. (1995): Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications (Truro), 104 pp.; Weiss, S., Green, D.H., Hooper, J.J., and Elton, N. (2007): Lapis 32 (11), 13-25, 54
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Gila Co.
      • Globe-Miami District
        • Miami-Inspiration District
          • Miami
            • Sleeping Beauty Peak
              • Copper Cities Mine area
Handbook of Mineralogy Vol V
  • Colorado
Rouse, R.C., Dunn, P.J., Peacor, D.R. (1982): Mercury amidonitrate crystals from Colorado. Mineral. Record: 13: 233-234; in: Dunn, P.J., Fleischer, M., Burns, R.G., Pabst, A. (1983): New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 68: 473
  • Michigan
    • Ontonagon Co.
      • Mass City
Mineralogy of Michigan (E. W. Heinrich & G. W. Robinson)
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