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About MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Colorless, white, pale yellow; colorless in transmitted light.
Sub-Adamantine, Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Silky
3 - 3½
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named magnesium-chlorophoenicite in 1935 by Charles Palache in allusion to the dominance of Mg over Mn in the composition and its relationship to Chlorophoenicite. Name was changed by the IMA to magnesiochlorophoenicite.
Magnesium analogue of Chlorophoenicite. To date only a few specimens are known with Mg>Mn. Formerly, magnesiochlorophoenicite was a name commonly given to specimens of this series and hundreds of specimens in old collections are so labeled, but recent quantitative chemical surveys have failed to find more than a few verified specimens, all but three of which are from Franklin. The remaining verified specimens are from Ogdensburg. In general, specimens formerly labeled magnesium chlorophoenicite or magnesiochlorophoenicite have been proven to be misidentified and the specimens are almost always Mn-dominant chlorophoenicite, the very abundant end-member. There is no identification value relating to the apparent thickness of crystals as has been attributed by folklore. Chemical analysis is the only definitive method of validation. Note: Bayliss and Warne (1987) indicated that a complete set of d-values could distinguish between the end-members.

Classification of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

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

B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
E : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 > 2:1

1 : (AB)m(XO4)pZq, where m:p > 4:1

20 : Arsenates (also arsenates with phosphate, but without other anions)
8 : Arsenates of Mn

Physical Properties of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Sub-Adamantine, Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Silky
Transparent, Translucent
Colorless, white, pale yellow; colorless in transmitted light.
3 - 3½ on Mohs scale
Lengthwise to fibers, perfect.
3.37 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.18 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Density discrepancy probably due to acicular crystals, small size, and surface tension leading to error.

Optical Data of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.669 nβ = 1.672 nγ = 1.677
Measured: large°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.008
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
generally r < v strong, also r > v

Chemical Properties of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 23.02 Å, b = 3.303 Å, c = 7.346 Å
β = 106.22°
a:b:c = 6.969 : 1 : 2.224
Unit Cell V:
536.32 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Occurs as acicular crystals randomly arranged or in radial aggregates of fibrous crystals.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
7.075 Å(25)
6.897 Å(50)
5.319 Å(20)
3.867 Å(20)
3.723 Å(100)
3.691 Å(5)
3.520 Å(10)
3.438 Å(40)
3.269 Å(3)
3.123 Å(100)
3.004 Å(60)
2.937 Å(10)
2.850 Å(60)
2.761 Å(1)
2.641 Å(80)
2.443 Å(15)
2.425 Å(15)
2.360 Å(10)
2.351 Å(10)
2.307 Å(2)
2.298 Å(1)
2.252 Å(3)
2.211 Å(20)
2.182 Å(20)
2.160 Å(1)
2.052 Å(2)
1.9729 Å(3)
1.9481 Å(1)
1.8956 Å(5)
1.8616 Å(1)
1.8369 Å(40)
1.8215 Å(5)
1.7987 Å(2)
1.7739 Å(3)
1.7095 Å(2)
1.6987 Å(5)
1.6757 Å(2)
1.6535 Å(3)
1.6440 Å(3)
1.6027 Å(1)
1.5968 Å(1)
1.5793 Å(3)
1.5576 Å(30)
1.5539 Å(15)
1.5261 Å(1)
1.5227 Å(3)
1.5185 Å(1)
ICDD 34-190, also 38-1438, also Journal of Powder Diffraction 2:225 (1987).

Type Occurrence of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
In secondary veinlets in massive ore in a metamorphosed Pre-cambrian sedimentary Zn-Fe-Mn deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Other Language Names for MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Relationship of Magnesiochlorophoenicite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
Chlorophoenicite(Mn,Mg)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
Mineral E (of Dunn, et. al., 1982)Bright translucent black needles showing typical chlorophoenicite habit.Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BE.05AugeliteAl2(PO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.10GrattarolaiteFe3+3(PO4)O3Trig. 3m : R3m
8.BE.15CornetiteCu3(PO4)(OH)3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
8.BE.20ClinoclaseCu3(AsO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.25ArhbariteCu2Mg(AsO4)(OH)3Tric. 1 : P1
8.BE.30AllactiteMn2+7(AsO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BE.30FlinkiteMn2+2Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
8.BE.30RaadeiteMg7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m
8.BE.30ArganditeMn7(VO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.BE.35Chlorophoenicite(Mn,Mg)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BE.45Hematolite(Mn,Mg,Al,Fe3+)15(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Trig. 3 : R3
8.BE.45KraissliteZn3(Mn,Mg)25(Fe3+,Al)(As3+O3)2[(Si,As5+)O4]10(OH)16Orth. 2 2 2 : C2 2 21
8.BE.45McgoverniteMn19Zn3(AsO4)3(AsO3)(SiO4)3(OH)21Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
8.BE.45CarlfrancisiteMn2+3(Mn2+,Mg,Fe3+,Al)42[As3+O3]2(As5+O4)4[(Si,As5+)O4]6[(As5+,Si)O4]2(OH)42Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
8.BE.50SynadelphiteMn2+9(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)9 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.BE.55Holdenite(Mn2+,Mg)6Zn3(AsO4)2(SiO4)(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
8.BE.60KoliciteMn2+7Zn4(AsO4)2(SiO4)2(OH)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmca
8.BE.65Sabelliite(Cu,Zn)2Zn(AsO4,SbO4)(OH)3Trig. 3 : P3
8.BE.70JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
8.BE.85WaterhouseiteMn2+7(PO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide,Mg)3Zn2(AsO4)(OH,O)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m 2 2 2

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

20.8.1SarkiniteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/m
20.8.2EveiteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
20.8.4FlinkiteMn2+2Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
20.8.5JarosewichiteMn2+3Mn3+(AsO4)(OH)6Orth. 2 2 2
20.8.6AllactiteMn2+7(AsO4)2(OH)8Mon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.7KrautiteMn(HAsO4) · H2OMon. 2 : P21
20.8.8SynadelphiteMn2+9(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)9 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
20.8.9SterlinghilliteMn2+3(AsO4)2 · 3H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.8.10GeigeriteMn2+5(AsO4)2(HAsO4)2 · 10H2OTric.
20.8.11Akrochordite(Mn2+,Mg)5(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.12ManganohörnesiteMn2+3(AsO4)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
20.8.13FluckiteCaMn2+(HAsO4)2 · 2H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.8.14BrandtiteCa2Mn2+(AsO4)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
20.8.15ParabrandtiteCa2Mn2+(AsO4)2 · 2H2OTric.
20.8.16WallkilldelliteCa2Mn2+3(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 9H2OHex.
20.8.17Berzeliite(NaCa2)Mg2(AsO4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
20.8.18ManganberzeliiteNaCa2Mn2+2(AsO4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
20.8.20VillyaelleniteMnMn2Ca2(AsO4)2(HAsO4)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
20.8.21Hematolite(Mn,Mg,Al,Fe3+)15(As5+O4)2(As3+O3)(OH)23Trig. 3 : R3
20.8.22GrischuniteNaCa2Mn2+5Fe3+(AsO4)6 · 2H2OOrth.

Fluorescence of MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Not fluorescent

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.

References for MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Reference List:
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Palache, C. (1935) The minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USGS Professional Paper 180: 124.
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.: 780.
Moore P B (1968) The crystal structure of chlorophoenicite, American Mineralogist, 53, 1110-1119.
Dunn, P. J. (1981): Magnesium-chlorophoenicite redefined and new data on chlorophoenicite. Canadian Mineralogist: 19: 333-336.
Bayliss, Peter J. and Warne, S. St. J (1982) ICDD 34-190./
Burke E A J (2008) Tidying up mineral names: an IMA-CNMNC scheme for suffixes, hyphens and diacritical marks, The Mineralogical Record, 39, 131-135.

Internet Links for MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

Localities for MagnesiochlorophoeniciteHide

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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.
  • New Jersey
    • Sussex Co.
      • Franklin Mining District
        • Franklin
Palche, C. (1935) USGS Professional Paper 180: 124; 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.: 780; Dunn, P.J. (1995): Part5: 671-672.
        • Ogdensburg
          • Sterling Hill
Verified by Bayliss and Warne (1987) Powder Diffraction and by RRUFF Project.
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