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Luiz Menezes
Ba2MgZr4(BaNb12O42) · 12H2O
Reddish brown
Specific Gravity:
4.181 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in 2006 Daniel Atencio, J. M. V. Couthino, A. C. Doriguetto, Y. P. Mascarenhas, J. A. Ellena, and V. C. Ferrari in honor of the Brazilian mineralogist, mining geologist, and mineral dealer, Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes Filho [1950 Brazil - 2014 Brazil], who first found the mineral in last part of the 1970s, and who contributed widely to the mineralogy of Brazil.
Both menezesite and aspedamite are the only natural heteropolyniobate known at present. Menezesite is somewhat chemically similar to hexaniobates peterandresenite and hansesmarkite. Visually similar to aspedamite and peterandresenite.

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Classification of MenezesiteHide

Approval Year:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
F : Hydroxides (without V or U)
N : Hydroxides with H2O±(OH); frameworks of corner and/or face-sharing octahedra

Physical Properties of MenezesiteHide

Reddish brown
4.181 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of MenezesiteHide

n>1.93(meas), calculated = 2.034

Chemical Properties of MenezesiteHide

Ba2MgZr4(BaNb12O42) · 12H2O
IMA Formula:
Ba3MgZr4Nb12O42 · 12H2O

Crystallography of MenezesiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
m3 (2/m 3) - Diploidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 13.017(1) Å
Unit Cell V:
2,205.63 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
9.183 (100)
4.592 (12)
4.136 (11)
3.256 (16)
3.070 (13)
2.923 (11)
2.655 (13)
1.741 (21)

Type Occurrence of MenezesiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Rhombododecahedra up to 1 mm, isolated or in aggregates.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Contact zone between dolomite carbonatite and “jacupirangite” (=a pyroxenite)
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of MenezesiteHide

Other Language Names for MenezesiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Calcite3 photos of Menezesite associated with Calcite on
Ancylite-(Ce)3 photos of Menezesite associated with Ancylite-(Ce) on
Tochilinite3 photos of Menezesite associated with Tochilinite on
Dolomite2 photos of Menezesite associated with Dolomite on
Phlogopite1 photo of Menezesite associated with Phlogopite on

Fluorescence of MenezesiteHide

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 MenezesiteHide

Reference List:
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Atencio, D., Couthino, J.M.V., Doriguetto, A.C., Mascarenhas, Y.P., Ellena, J.A. & Ferrari, V.C. (2006) Menezesite from Cajati,São Paulo, Brazil: The first heteropolyniobate mineral. 19th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, IMA2006-Kobe, July 23-28, 2006, Programs & Abstracts. 031-06: p. 299
Atencio,D., Coutinho, J.M.V., Doriguetto, A.C., Mascarenhas, Y.P., Ellena, J.A. and Viviane Ferrari (2008) Menezesite, the first natural heteropolyniobate, from Cajati, São Paulo, Brazil: Description and crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 93: 81–87.

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Localities for MenezesiteHide

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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.
Brazil (TL)
  • São Paulo
    • Cajati
Daniel Atencio, José M.V. Coutinho, Antonio C. Doriguetto, Yvonne P. Mascarenhas, Javier Ellena, and Viviane Ferrari1 (2008): Menezesite, the first natural heteropolyniobate, from Cajati, São Paulo, Brazil: Description and crystal structure. American Mineralogist, 93, 81–87.
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