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Specific Gravity:
8.96 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Dr. Karin Aurivillius (1920-1982) chemist, Lund University, Sweden, for her work on the crystal chemistry of mercury-bearing inorganic compounds.
This page provides mineralogical data about Aurivilliusite.

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Classification of AurivilliusiteHide

Approval Year:
First Published:

D : Oxyhalides, hydroxyhalides and related double halides
D : With Hg

Physical Properties of AurivilliusiteHide

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8.96 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of AurivilliusiteHide

IMA Formula:
Idealised Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of AurivilliusiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 17.58 Å, b = 6.979 Å, c = 6.693 Å
β = 101.71°
a:b:c = 2.519 : 1 : 0.959
Unit Cell V:
804 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.275 (100)
2.993 (80)
2.873 (80)
8.547 (70)
2.404 (50)
1.878 (50)

Type Occurrence of AurivilliusiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
thin irregular patches to 0.5 mm on the quartz surface and, very rarely, subhedral platy crystals to 0.2 mm
Geological Setting of Type Material:
associated with other mercury minerals in a quartz-magnesite host-rock
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Roberts, A.C., Stirling, J.A.R., Criddle, A.J., Dunning, G.E., Spratt, J. (2004) Aurivilliusite, Hg2+Hg1+OI, a new mineral species from the Clear Creek claim, San Benito County, California, USA. Mineralogical Magazine: 68: 241-245.

Synonyms of AurivilliusiteHide

Other Language Names for AurivilliusiteHide

Simplified Chinese:碘氧汞石
Traditional Chinese:碘氧汞石

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.DD.05Eglestonite(Hg2+2)3OCl3(OH)Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
3.DD.10Poyarkovite(Hg2+2)3Cl2O2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
3.DD.15Hanawaltite(Hg2+2)3Hg2+(Cl,OH)2O3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
3.DD.20Terlinguaite(Hg2+2)Hg2+2Cl2O2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
3.DD.30Gianellaite[(NHg2)2](SO4)(H2O)xIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.DD.30Mosesite(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4,MoO4) · H2OIso.
3.DD.35Kleinite(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4) · nH2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
3.DD.45Vasilyevite(Hg+2)10I3Br2Cl(CO3)O6Tric. 1 : P1

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 AurivilliusiteHide

Reference List:
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Grice, J.D., Ferraris, G. (2003) New minerals approved in 2002 and nomenclature modifications approved 1998-2002 by the commission on new minerals and mineral names, International Mineralogical Association. American Mineralogist: 88: 1620-1624.
Grice, J.D., Ferraris, G. (2003) New minerals approved in 2002 and nomenclature modifications approved in 1998-2002 by the Commission on the New Minerals and Mineral Names, International Mineralogical Association. The Canadian Mineralogist: 41: 795-802.
Roberts, A.C., Stirling, J.A.R., Criddle, A.J., Dunning, G.E., Spratt, J. (2004) Aurivilliusite, Hg2+Hg1+OI, a new mineral species from the Clear Creek claim, San Benito County, California, USA. Mineralogical Magazine: 68: 241-245.
Mandarino, J.A. (2004) New minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist: 42: 1901-1927.
Jambor, J.L., Grew, E.S., Roberts, A.C. (2005) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 90: 518-522.
Stålhandske, C., Aurivillius, K., Bertinsson, G.I. (1985) Structure of mercury(I,II) iodide oxide, Hg2OI. Acta Crystallographica: C41: 167-168.

Internet Links for AurivilliusiteHide

Localities for AurivilliusiteHide

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.
  • California
    • San Benito Co.
      • Diablo Range
        • New Idria District
          • Goat Mountain
Roberts, A.C., J.A.R. Stirling, A.J. Criddle, G.E. Dunning, J. Spratt (2004) Mineralogical Magazine: 68(2): 241-245.
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