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Meliphanite

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Formula:
Ca4(Na,Ca)4Be4AlSi7O24(F,O)4
System:
Tetragonal
Colour:
yellow, yellowish red, ...
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
5 - 5½
Named for the colour (Mel- = Greek for honey and honey-yellow) and the chemical relation to leucophanite.


Classification of Meliphanite

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 Meliphanite

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

Optical Data of Meliphanite

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 Meliphanite

IMA Formula:
Ca4(Na,Ca)4Be4AlSi7O24(F,O)4
Elements listed in formula:
Common Impurities:
Mg,K,H2O

Crystallography of Meliphanite

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 Volume:
V 1,091.35 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of Meliphanite

Relationship of Meliphanite to other Species

9.DP.15LeucospheniteNa4BaTi2B2Si10O30
9.DP.20PrehniteCa2Al(Si3Al)O10(OH)2
9.DP.25AmstalliteCaAl(Si,Al)4O8(OH)4 · (H2O,Cl)
9.DP.30KvanefjelditeNa4CaSi6O14(OH)2
9.DP.35LemoyniteNa2CaZr2Si10O26 · 5-6H2O
9.DP.35NatrolemoyniteNa4Zr2Si10O26 · 9H2O
9.DP.40AltisiteNa3K6Ti2Al2Si8O26Cl3
17.2.1TopazAl2SiO4F2
17.2.2PolylithioniteKLi2AlSi4O10F2
17.2.3LeifiteNa7Be2(Si15Al3)O39(F,OH)2
17.2.6SarcoliteNa4Ca12Al8Si12O46(SiO4,PO4)(OH,H2O)4(CO3,Cl)
17.2.7GötzeniteCa4NaCa2Ti(Si2O7)2(OF)F2
17.2.8Kuliokite-(Y)Y4Al(SiO4)2(OH)2F5
17.2.9ZinnwalditeKLiFe2+Al(AlSi3O10)(F,OH)2
17.2.10MagbasiteKBaFe3+Mg7Si8O22(OH)2F6

Other Names for Meliphanite

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 Meliphanite

Reference List:
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 Meliphanite

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Localities for Meliphanite

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.
Italy
 
  • Piedmont
    • Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province
      • Ossola Valley
        • Vigezzo Valley
          • 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
      • 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
      • Mørje
Peter Andresen collection, 2016.
        • 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
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Brunlanes
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
      • Hedrum
        • Lågendalen
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
        • Arøya (Arö)
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)
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
Knut Edvard Larsen photo
Brøgger, W.C. (1890): Die Mineralien der Syenitpegmatitgänge der südnorwegischen Augit-und Nephelinsyenite. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie und Mineralogie 16. 663 pp + 28 plates
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
      • 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
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.
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 Co.
Pál-Molnár (2000)
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
      • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
Pavel M. Kartashov data
  • Northern Region
    • Murmanskaja Oblast'
      • Kola Peninsula
www.koeln.netsurf.de/~w.steffens/khib.htm
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.
USA
 
  • Alaska
    • Fairbanks North Star Borough
      • Fairbanks District
USGS OFR 98-287(Freeman,1998)
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