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Mcbirneyite

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About McbirneyiteHide

Formula:
Cu3(VO4)2
Colour:
Black
Lustre:
Metallic
Crystal System:
Triclinic
Name:
The mineral is named in honor of Alexander Robert McBirney (1924-), Volcanologist, University of Oregon, Corvallis, Oregon, USA and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
Dimorph of:
Possibly also polymorphous with borisenkoite. Compare 'UM1980-18-VO:Cu'.


Classification of McbirneyiteHide

Approved
8.AB.35

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
A : Phosphates, etc. without additional anions, without H2O
B : With medium-sized cations
38.3.10.1

38 : ANHYDROUS NORMAL PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, AND VANADATES
3 : (AB)3(XO4)2
21.1.10

21 : Vanadates (and vanadates with arsenate or phosphate)
1 : Vanadates of the alkalis and Cu

Physical Properties of McbirneyiteHide

Metallic
Transparency:
Opaque
Colour:
Black

Chemical Properties of McbirneyiteHide

Formula:
Cu3(VO4)2

Crystallography of McbirneyiteHide

Crystal System:
Triclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.34 Å, b = 6.51 Å, c = 5.17 Å
α = 88.61°, β = 68.11°, γ = 69.22°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.82 : 1 : 0.794
Unit Cell V:
154.71 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of McbirneyiteHide

Synonyms of McbirneyiteHide

Other Language Names for McbirneyiteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.AB.BorisenkoiteCu3[(V,As)O4]2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.05FarringtoniteMg3(PO4)2Mon. 2/m
8.AB.10FerrisickleriteLi1-x(Fe3+xFe2+1-x)PO4Orth.
8.AB.10Heterosite(Fe3+,Mn3+)PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
8.AB.10LithiophiliteLiMn2+PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
8.AB.10NatrophiliteNaMn2+PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
8.AB.10Purpurite(Mn3+,Fe3+)PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
8.AB.10SickleriteLi1-x(Mn3+xMn2+1-x)PO4Orth.
8.AB.10SimferiteLi(Mg,Fe3+,Mn3+)2(PO4)2Orth.
8.AB.10TriphyliteLiFe2+PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmna
8.AB.10KarenwebberiteNa(Fe2+,Mn2+)PO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.AB.15Sarcopside(Fe2+,Mn2+,Mg)3(PO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.15Chopinite(Mg,Fe2+)3(PO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.20BeusiteMn2+Mn2+2 (PO4)2Mon.
8.AB.20GraftoniteFe2+Fe2+2(PO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.25XanthiositeNi3(AsO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.30LammeriteCu3(AsO4)2Mon.
8.AB.30Lammerite-βCu3(AsO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.35StranskiiteZn2Cu(AsO4)2Tric. 1 : P1
8.AB.35PseudolyonsiteCu3(VO4)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.AB.40LyonsiteCu3Fe4(VO4)6Orth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

21.1.1MetamuniriteNaVO3Orth.
21.1.2MuniriteNaVO3 · 1.9H2OMon.
21.1.3Barnesite(Na,Ca)V6O16 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
21.1.4Bannermanite(Na,K)0.7V4+0.7V5+5.3O15Mon. 2/m : B2/m
21.1.5HowardevansiteNaCuFe2(VO4)3Tric. 1 : P1
21.1.6HuemuliteNa4Mg(V10O28) · 24H2OTric.
21.1.7Blossiteα-Cu2(V2O7)Orth. mm2 : Fdd2
21.1.8Ziesiteβ-Cu2(V2O7)Mon.
21.1.9StoiberiteCu5(VO4)2O2Mon.
21.1.11FingeriteCu11(VO4)6O2Tric. 1 : P1
21.1.12VolborthiteCu3(V2O7)(OH)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
21.1.13TangeiteCaCu(VO4)(OH)Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
21.1.14VésigniéiteBaCu3(VO4)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
21.1.15LyonsiteCu3Fe4(VO4)6Orth.

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 McbirneyiteHide

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American Mineralogist (1988): 73: 1495.
Hughes, J.M., Christian, B.S., Finger, L.W., Malinconico, L.L. (1987) Mcbirneyite, Cu3(VO4)2, a new sublimate mineral from the fumaroles of Izalco Volcano, El Salvador. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 33, 183–190.

Internet Links for McbirneyiteHide

Localities for McbirneyiteHide

ⓘ - 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.
El Salvador (TL)
 
  • Sonsonate Department
J. Volc. Geoth. Res. 33(1987), 183; HB4 (2000)
Russia
 
  • Kamchatka Oblast'
    • Tolbachik volcano
      • Great Fissure eruption (Main Fracture)
        • Northern Breakthrough (North Breach)
Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data, Elena Yu. Bykova material
Tony Nikischer
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