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Meliphanite

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About MeliphaniteHide

Formula:
(Ca,Na)2(Be,Al)[Si2O6(OH,F)]
Colour:
yellow, yellowish red, nearly colourless
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
5 - 5½
Crystal System:
Tetragonal
Named for the colour (Mel- = Greek for honey and honey-yellow) and the chemical relation to leucophanite.


Classification of MeliphaniteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
9.DP.05

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
D : Inosilicates
P : Transitional ino-phyllosilicate structures
55.4.2.5

55 : SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups,Generally with no Additional Anions
4 : Si2O7 Groups, Generally with No Additional Anions with cations in [8] and lower coordination
17.2.5

17 : Silicates Containing other Anions
2 : Silicates with fluoride

Physical Properties of MeliphaniteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
yellow, yellowish red, nearly colourless
Streak:
white
Hardness:
5 - 5½ on Mohs scale
Cleavage:
Perfect
Fracture:
Conchoidal

Optical Data of MeliphaniteHide

Type:
Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.611 - 1.664 nε = 1.592 - 1.672
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.019
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate

Chemical Properties of MeliphaniteHide

Formula:
(Ca,Na)2(Be,Al)[Si2O6(OH,F)]
IMA Formula:
Ca4(Na,Ca)4Be4AlSi7O24(F,O)4
Common Impurities:
Mg,K,H2O

Crystallography of MeliphaniteHide

Crystal System:
Tetragonal
Class (H-M):
4 - Disphenoidal
Space Group:
I4
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.51 Å, c = 9.88 Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 0.94
Unit Cell V:
1,091.35 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of MeliphaniteHide

Synonyms of MeliphaniteHide

Other Language Names for MeliphaniteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
5 photos of Meliphanite associated with BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
3 photos of Meliphanite associated with FluoriteCaF2
3 photos of Meliphanite associated with MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
2 photos of Meliphanite associated with Aegirine-augite(NaaCabFe2+cMgd)(Fe3+eAlfFe2+gMgh)Si2O6
2 photos of Meliphanite associated with NephelineNa3K(Al4Si4O16)
1 photo of Meliphanite associated with Pyrochlore GroupA2Nb2(O,OH)6Z
1 photo of Meliphanite associated with HomiliteCa2(Fe2+,Mg)B2Si2O10

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.DP.15LeucospheniteBaNa4Ti2B2Si10O30Mon.
9.DP.20PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2Orth. mm2
9.DP.25AmstalliteCaAl(Si,Al)4O8(OH)4 · (H2O,Cl)Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.DP.30KvanefjelditeNa4(Ca,Mn)(Si3O7)2(OH)2Orth.
9.DP.35Lemoynite(Na,K)2CaZr2Si10O26 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.DP.35NatrolemoyniteNa4Zr2Si10O26•9H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
9.DP.40AltisiteNa3K6Ti2Al2Si8O26Cl3Mon.

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

55.4.2.1FresnoiteBa2Ti(Si2O7)OTet. 4mm : P4bm
55.4.2.2HardystoniteCa2Zn(Si2O7)Tet. 4 2m : P4 21m
55.4.2.3Jeffreyite(Ca,Na)2(Be,Al)(Si2O7,HSi2O7)Orth.
55.4.2.4LeucophaniteNaCaBeSi2O6FOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
55.4.2.6GugiaiteCa2Be(Si2O7)Tet.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

17.2.1TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
17.2.2PolylithioniteKLi2Al(Si4O10)(F,OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
17.2.3Leifite(Na,H2O)Na6[Be2Al2(Al,Si)Si15O39]F2Trig. 3m : P3m1
17.2.6SarcoliteNa4Ca12Al8Si12O46(SiO4,PO4)(OH,H2O)4(CO3,Cl)Tet.
17.2.7GötzeniteNaCa6Ti(Si2O7)2OF3Tric. 1 : P1
17.2.8Kuliokite-(Y)Y4Al(SiO4)2(OH)2F5
17.2.9Zinnwaldite
17.2.10MagbasiteKBaFe3+Mg7Si8O22(OH)2F6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmma

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 MeliphaniteHide

Reference List:
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Scheerer, T. (1852): Melinophan, eine neue Mineralspecies. Journal für Praktische Chemie, 55, 449-451.
Dal Negro, A., Rossi, G., Ungaretti, L. (1967): The crystal structure of meliphanite. Acta Crystallographica, 23, 260-264.
Grice, J.D. & Hawthorne, F.C. (2002): New data on meliphanite, Ca4(Na,Ca)4Be4AlSi7O24(F,O)4. Canadian Mineralogist, 40, 971-980.

Internet Links for MeliphaniteHide

Localities for MeliphaniteHide

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.
Italy
 
  • Piedmont
    • Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province
      • Druogno
        • Orcesco
Mattioli V. (1987) - Novità mineralogiche in Val d'Ossola - Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, Milano, fasc. 1, pp.1-11
      • Trontano
        • Pizzo Marcio
Appiani, R., Cini, V., Gentile, P., Mattioli, V., Preite, D., Vignola, P. (1995): Val Vigezzo - I minerali delle albititi. Ed. Linea Due S.r.l., Marnate (Varese), 90 pp.; Guastoni, A., Diella, V., Pezzotta, F., Demartin, F. (2007): Vigezzite and associated Nb-Ta oxides of emerald pegmatitic deposits of Vigezzo Valley (Western Alps, Italy). Crystallization Processes in Granitic Pegmatites - International Meeting. Cavoli, Elba Island, Italy, 23rd-29th May 2005. Abstracts; http://www.minsocam.org/msa/Special/Pig/PIG_Articles/Elba%20Abstracts%2010%20Guastoni.pdf; Piccoli, G.C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., Lombardo, B. (2007): Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio" di Alba, Ed., Alba, 607 pp.; Guastoni, A. (2012): LCT (lithium, cesium, tantalum) and NYF (niobium, yttrium, fluorine) pegmatites in the Central Alps. Proxies of exhumation history of the Alpine nappe stack in the Lepontine Dome. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Padova, Dept. of Geosciences, 159 pp.; Boscardin, M., Mattioli, V., Rocchetti, I. (2013): Minerali della Valle Vigezzo. Litotipografia Alcione, Lavis (Trento), 229 pp.
Norway
 
  • Telemark
    • Porsgrunn
      • Auenslandet
        • Sagåsen
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
      • Bassebu
Peter Andresen collection, 2016.
      • Langangen
Larsen, A.O. & Åsheim, A.(1976): Mineraler fra Langangen. NAGS-nytt 3(1),9-12.
      • Rønningen (Skredderrønningen)
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
      • Slevolden
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Brunlanes
Oftedal, I. (1964) On the occurrence and distribution of boron in pegmatite. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift, 44: 217-225; Larsen, A. O. (ed.) (2010): The Langesundsfjord. History, geology, pegmatites, minerals. Bode Verlag Gmbh, Salzhemmendorf, Germany, 240 p
Tom Engvoldsen collection 1990; Engvoldsen,T., Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1): 15-71
      • Hedrum
        • Lågendalen
Berge, S. A. and Hansen, R. (1981) Mineralnotater. NAGS-nytt, 8 (1): 22; Berge, S. A. (2011): Micheelsenitt-et nytt mineral for Norge. Stein. 8 (2): 12-13
Andersen, F. (1993): Hedrum pukkverk i Lågendalen. STEIN 20 (4), 236-238
Scheerer, T. (1852): Melinophan, eine neue mineralspecies. Journal für Praktische Chemie. 55, 449-451
Brøgger (1890, p. 9); Neumann (1985, p. 41). Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1996): Die Mineralien des Langesundsfjords und des umgebenden Larvikit-Gebietes, Oslo-Region, Norwegen. MineralienWelt 7(4):21-100
Berg, H.-J. (1997): Norvege. Autour de la PlaNet. Le Règne Minéral. 18, 53.
Larsen, A. O. (ed.) (2010): The Langesundsfjord. History, geology, pegmatites, minerals. Bode Verlag Gmbh, Salzhemmendorf, Germany, 240 p (p.172)
Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1996): Die Mineralien des Langesundsfjords und des umgebenden Larvikit-Gebietes, Oslo-Region, Norwegen. MineralienWelt 7(4):21-100
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp + 28 plates; Knut Edvard Larsen photo
Knut Eldjarn collection
Larsen, A. O. (1979): Sorte granater fra Langesundsfjorden. NAGS-nytt 6(4), 15-16
        • Stokksund (Stoksund)
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineral.16. 663 pp
        • Store Arøya
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. p. 61-64
Åsheim, A., Aadahl, H. Chr. & Larsen, A. O.(1980): Nytt funn av Nordenskiöldin. NAGS-nytt 7 (3), 10 (in norwegian)
      • Malerød
Andresen, P. (2011): Mineralene fra Midtfjellet larvikittbrudd, Malerød, Larvik. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift. 46: 41-47
Knut Edvard Larsen collection # 904
Scheerer, T. (1852): Melinophan, eine neue mineralspecies. Journal für Praktische Chemie. 55, 449-451
      • Tjølling
        • Håkestad
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
        • Klåstad
Berge, S. A. and Hansen, R. (1981) Mineralnotater. NAGS-nytt, 8 (1): 22; Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Berge S.A. & Hansen,R.(1981):" Mineralnotater". NAGS-nytt 8(1), 22 (in norwegian)
Collection Svein A. Berge; Larsen, K.E. & Stensvold, B.K.(2015): Berylliummineraler og andre sjeldne mineraler i syenittpegmatitter i Skallist larvikittbrudd, Tjølling, Larvik, Vestfold. Norsk Mineralsymposium 2015, 47-56
        • Stålaker
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
      • Tvedalen
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Larsen, A. O. (ed.) (2010): The Langesundsfjord. History, geology, pegmatites, minerals. Bode Verlag Gmbh, Salzhemmendorf, Germany, 240 p
Larsen, A. O. (ed.) (2010): The Langesundsfjord. History, geology, pegmatites, minerals. Bode Verlag Gmbh, Salzhemmendorf, Germany, 240 p
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Peter Andresen collection; Larsen, K. E. (2019) Noen funn av mineraler i Norge 2018-2019. Norsk Mineralsymposium 2019: 141-149
Frode Andersen collection/observation 1992.
Engvoldsen,T.,Andersen, F.,Berge, S.A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
    • Sandefjord
      • Vesterøya
Engvoldsen,T., Andersen, F., Berge, S. A. & Burvald, I. (1991): Pegmatittmineraler fra Larvik ringkompleks. STEIN 18(1),15-71
Romania
 
  • Harghita
Ianovici, V. (1933) Étude sur le massif syénitique de Ditrău , région Jolotca, District Ciuc, (Transyvanie). Revista Muzeului Geologic-Mineralogic al Universtătii din Cluj IV(2), 19-25. (in French)
Russia
 
  • Murmansk Oblast
www.koeln.netsurf.de/~w.steffens/khib.htm
    • Lovozersky District
      • Keivy Mountains
        • Western Keivy Massif
          • West Keivy Block
in Coll. Martin Slama, ex Coll. M. Murashko
Lyalina, L.M., Savchenko Ye. E., Selivanova E. A., Zozulya D. R. (2009): Behoite and mimetite from Sakhariok alkaline massif (Kola Peninsula). Zapiski RMO (Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society), 138 (3): 118-126 (in russian); Lyalina, L., Zolotarev Jr, A., Selivanova, E., Savchenko, Y., Zozulya, D., Krivovichev, S., & Mikhailova, Y. (2015). Structural characterization and composition of Y-rich hainite from Sakharjok nepheline syenite pegmatite (Kola Peninsula, Russia). Mineralogy and Petrology, 1-9.; Liferovich, R. P., Mitchell, R. H., Zozulya, D. R., & Shpachenko, A. K. (2006). Paragenesis and composition of banalsite, stronalsite, and their solid solution in nepheline syenite and ultramafic alkaline rocks. The Canadian Mineralogist, 44(4), 929-942.; Lyalina, L., Selivanova, E., Zozulya, D., & Ivanyuk, G. (2019). Beryllium Mineralogy of the Kola Peninsula, Russia—A Review. Minerals, 9(1), 12.
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
    • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
Pavel M. Kartashov data
USA
 
  • Alaska
    • Fairbanks North Star Borough
      • Fairbanks Mining District
USGS OFR 98-287(Freeman,1998)
 
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