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Tantalite-(Mn)

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Formula:
Mn2+Ta2O6
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Pink to nearly ...
Lustre:
Vitreous, Sub-Metallic
Hardness:
6
Member of:
Name:
From the manganese content and for the Greek mythical figure Tantalus - for its difficulty in dissolving.
Tantalite-(Fe)-Tantalite-(Mn) Series.

Formerly known as manganotantalite.

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Classification of Tantalite-(Mn)

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
4.DB.35

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
D : Metal: Oxygen = 1:2 and similar
B : With medium-sized cations; chains of edge-sharing octahedra
8.3.2.3

8 : MULTIPLE OXIDES CONTAINING NIOBIUM,TANTALUM OR TITANIUM
3 : AB2O6
18.1.36

18 : Niobates and Tantalates
1 : Niobates and tantalates containing neither rare earths nor U

Physical Properties of Tantalite-(Mn)

Vitreous, Sub-Metallic
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Opaque
Colour:
Pink to nearly colourless, reddish brown to black
Streak:
Red, scarlet to black
Hardness (Mohs):
6
Hardness (Vickers):
VHN100=488 - 681 kg/mm2
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Distinct/Good
Distinct on {100}
Less distinct {010}
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven, Sub-Conchoidal
Density:
6.65 - 8 g/cm3 (Measured)    8.01 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Tantalite-(Mn)

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 2.140 nβ = 2.150 nγ = 2.340
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.200
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
r < v strong
Pleochroism:
Strong
Comments:
Red, red-brown, orange

Chemical Properties of Tantalite-(Mn)

IMA Formula:
Mn2+Ta2O6
Elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Fe,Nb

Crystallography of Tantalite-(Mn)

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Pbcn
Cell Parameters:
a = 14.44Å, b = 5.7661(8) Å, c = 5.093Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 2.504 : 1 : 0.883
Unit Cell Volume:
V 424.06 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Morphology:
Short prismatic to tabular
Twinning:
On {021} {023}
Pseudohexagonal trillings
Comment:
On synthetic material
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
Image Loading

Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Occurrences of Tantalite-(Mn)

Type Occurrence of Tantalite-(Mn)

Relationship of Tantalite-(Mn) to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Tantalite-(Fe) (see here)
Member of:
Other Members of Group:
Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
Columbite-(Mg)(Mg,Fe,Mn)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Qitianlingite(Fe,Mn)2(Nb,Ta)2WO10
Tantalite-(Fe)FeTa2O6
Tantalite-(Mg)(Mg,Fe2+)(Ta,Nb)2O6
4.DB.05ArgutiteGeO2
4.DB.05CassiteriteSnO2
4.DB.05PlattneritePbO2
4.DB.05PyrolusiteMnO2
4.DB.05RutileTiO2
4.DB.05TripuhyiteFe3+Sb5+O4
4.DB.05TugarinoviteMoO2
4.DB.05Varlamoffite(Sn,Fe)(O,OH)2
4.DB.10ByströmiteMgSb25+O6
4.DB.10Tapiolite-(Fe)Fe2+Ta2O6
4.DB.10Tapiolite-(Mn)Mn2+Ta2O6
4.DB.10OrdoñeziteZnSb25+O6
4.DB.15bAkhtenskiteMnO2
4.DB.15cNsutiteMnx2+Mn4+1-xO2-2x(OH)2x
4.DB.15aParamontroseiteVO2
4.DB.15aRamsdelliteMn4+O2
4.DB.20ScrutinyitePbO2
4.DB.25Ishikawaite(U,Fe,Y)NbO4
4.DB.25Ixiolite(Ta,Mn,Nb)O2
4.DB.25Samarskite-(Y)(Y,Ce,U,Fe,Nb)(Nb,Ta,Ti)O4
4.DB.25SrilankiteTi2ZrO6
4.DB.25Yttrocolumbite-(Y)(Y,U,Fe2+)(Nb,Ta)O4
4.DB.25Calciosamarskite(Ca,Fe,Y)(Nb,Ta,Ti)O4
4.DB.25Samarskite-(Yb)YbNbO4
4.DB.30FerberiteFe2+WO4
4.DB.30HübneriteMn2+WO4
4.DB.30SanmartiniteZnWO4
4.DB.30KrasnoselskiteCoWO4
4.DB.30HeftetjerniteScTaO4
4.DB.30HuanzalaiteMgWO4
4.DB.35Columbite-(Fe)Fe2+Nb2O6
4.DB.35Tantalite-(Fe)Fe2+Ta2O6
4.DB.35Columbite-(Mn)Mn2+Nb2O6
4.DB.35Columbite-(Mg)MgNb2O6
4.DB.35QitianlingiteFe22+Nb2W6+O10
4.DB.35Magnocolumbite(Mg,Fe,Mn)(Nb,Ta)2O6
4.DB.35Tantalite-(Mg)MgTa2O6
4.DB.40FerrowodginiteFe2+Sn4+Ta2O8
4.DB.40LithiotantiteLiTa3O8
4.DB.40LithiowodginiteLiTa3O8
4.DB.40TitanowodginiteMn2+TiTa2O8
4.DB.40WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
4.DB.40FerrotitanowodginiteFe2+TiTa2O8
4.DB.40WolframowodginiteMn(Mn,Sn,Fe,Ta)(W,Ta,Nb)2O8
4.DB.45TivaniteTiV3+O3(OH)
4.DB.50Carmichaelite(Ti,Cr,Fe)(O,OH)2
4.DB.55AlumotantiteAlTaO4
4.DB.60BiehliteSb23+MoO6
18.1.1LithiotantiteLiTa3O8
18.1.2LueshiteNaNbO3
18.1.3NatroniobiteNaNbO3
18.1.4FranconiteNaNb2O5(OH) · 3H2O
18.1.5NatrotantiteNa2Ta4O11
18.1.6IrtyshiteNa2Ta4O11
18.1.7Rankamaite(Na,K,Pb)(Ta,Nb,Al)4(O,OH)10
18.1.8Hydropyrochlore(H2O,◻)2Nb2(O,OH)6(H2O)
18.1.9CalciotantiteCaTa4O11
18.1.10RynersoniteCaTa2O6
18.1.11Microlite Group(Ca,Na)2Ta2(O,OH,F)7
18.1.12BelyankiniteCa1-2(Ti,Zr,Nb)5O12 · 9H2O
18.1.13LatrappiteCa2NbFe3+O6
18.1.14HochelagaiteCaNb4O11 · 8H2O
18.1.15Bariomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.16ParabariomicroliteBaTa4O10(OH)2 · 2H2O
18.1.17Bariopyrochlore (of Hogarth 1977)A2Nb2(O,OH)6Z
18.1.18AlumotantiteAlTaO4
18.1.19SimpsoniteAl4Ta3O13(OH)
18.1.20SosedkoiteK5Al2Ta22O60
18.1.21ThoreauliteSn2+Ta2O6
18.1.22Stannomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.23FoorditeSn2+Nb2O6
18.1.24ChangbaiitePbNb2O6
18.1.25Plumbopyrochlore (of Skorobogatova et al.)A2Nb2(O,OH)6Z
18.1.26Plumbomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.27StibiocolumbiteSbNbO4
18.1.28StibiotantaliteSb3+TaO4
18.1.29Natrobistantite
18.1.30CesplumtantiteCs2Pb3Ta8O24
18.1.31Stibiomicrolite (of Groat et al.)
18.1.32Cesstibtantite
18.1.34BismutotantaliteBiTaO4
18.1.35Bismutomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.37GerasimovskiteMn2+(Ti,Nb)5O12 · 9H2O
18.1.38Tapiolite-(Mn)Mn2+Ta2O6
18.1.39Columbite-(Mn)Mn2+Nb2O6
18.1.40WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
18.1.41Ixiolite(Ta,Mn,Nb)O2
18.1.42Columbite-(Fe)Fe2+Nb2O6
18.1.43Tantalite-(Fe)Fe2+Ta2O6
18.1.44Columbite
18.1.45Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.46Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.47Tapiolite-(Fe)Fe2+Ta2O6
18.1.48Columbite-(Mg)MgNb2O6
18.1.50Strüverite(Ti,Ta,Fe)O2
18.1.51 Staringite(Fe,Mn)x(Ta,Nb)2xSn6-3xO12

Other Names for Tantalite-(Mn)

Name in Other Languages:

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 Tantalite-(Mn)

Reference List:
Arzruni (1887), Russ. Ges. Min., Vh.: 23: 181.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 780.

Grice, J. D., Ferguson, R. B., Hawthorne, F. C. (1976): The crystal structures of tantalite, ixiolite and wodginite from Bernic Lake, Manitoba. I. Tantalite and ixiolite. Canadian Mineralogist 14, 540-549. [in fact structure of manganotantalite]

American Mineralogist (1988): 73: 666-667.

American Mineralogist (1995): 80: 613-619.

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