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About NordenskiöldineHide

Baron (Nils) Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
Colourless, yellow; colourless in transmitted light
Vitreous, Pearly
5½ - 6
Specific Gravity:
4.09 - 4.20
Crystal System:
Named by Waldemar Christopher Brögger in 1887 in honor of Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (November 18, 1832 Helsinki, Finland - August 12, 1901 Dalbyö, Södermanland, Sweden), Swedish mineralogist and explorer.
Isostructural with:
This page provides mineralogical data about Nordenskiöldine.

Classification of NordenskiöldineHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

A : Monoborates
A : BO3, without additional anions; 1(D).

3 : AmBn[XO3]p

9 : Borates
6 : Borates of Ti, Sn and Ta

Physical Properties of NordenskiöldineHide

Vitreous, Pearly
Pearly on cleavage {0001}
Colourless, yellow; colourless in transmitted light
5½ - 6 on Mohs scale
On {0001} perfect; on {1011} indistinct (observed in thin sections).
4.09 - 4.20 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.18 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of NordenskiöldineHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.774 - 1.778 nε = 1.660 - 1.661
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.114 - 0.117
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of NordenskiöldineHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of NordenskiöldineHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3 - Rhombohedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.858(1) Å, c = 16.080(2) Å
a:c = 1 : 3.31
Unit Cell V:
328.65 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Crystals thin to thick tabular {0001}. Also thick, lens-like crystals; subparallel growths.

Epitaxial Relationships of NordenskiöldineHide

Epitaxial Minerals:
Epitaxy Comments:
Calcite and siderite overgrowths on nordenskiöldine, with parallel axes. Cassiterite, with [001] parallel to nordenskiöldine {0001} [1011] or [1120].

Type Occurrence of NordenskiöldineHide

Other Language Names for NordenskiöldineHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
2 photos of Nordenskiöldine associated with MagnetiteFe2+Fe3+2O4
1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with BorniteCu5FeS4
1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with DanburiteCaB2Si2O8
1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with CalciteCaCO3
1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

6.AA.05SassoliteH3BO3Tric. 1 : P1
6.AA.15TusioniteMn2+Sn4+[BO3]2Trig. 3 : R3
6.AA.35KotoiteMg3[BO3]2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide[BO3]2Trig. 3 : R3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

9.6.6Béhierite(Ta5+,Nb5+)(BO4)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/amd

Fluorescence of NordenskiöldineHide

Nordenskiöldine from MW Claims fluoresces bright pale yellow in SW and is virtually non-fluorescent in LW.

Other InformationHide

Incompletely decomposed by HCl.

Alters to Cassiterite.
Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.
Industrial Uses:

References for NordenskiöldineHide

Reference List:
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Brögger (1887) Geologiska Föeningens I Stockholm. Förhandlinger, Stockholm: 9: 255.
Brögger (1890) Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leipzig: 16: 61.
Ramdohr (1934) Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paleontologie, Beil.-Bd., Heidelberg, Stuttgart: 68: 288.
Ehrenberg and Ramdohr (1934) Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paleontologie, Beil.-Bd., Heidelberg, Stuttgart: 69: 1.
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 332-333.
Wei, Wang, and Yin (1982): Nordenskioldine discovered in China and its formation conditions. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 12, 262-266 (in Chinese with English Abstract).
Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1986): 111-114.
Canadian Mineralogist (1994): 32: 81-86.
Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

Internet Links for NordenskiöldineHide

Localities for NordenskiöldineHide

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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.
  • Yukon
    • Watson Lake mining district
      • Cassiar Mts
        • Screw Creek
Rocks & Min.: 60(1):13.
Liverton, T., 2016. A-type granite plutons and tin skarns in southeast Yukon: Mindy prospect and surrounding granite of 105C/9. In: Yukon Exploration and Geology 2015, K.E. MacFarlane and M.G. Nordling (eds.), Yukon Geological Survey, p. 151-164.
  • Guangdong
    • Heyuan
      • Lianping Co.
Lianshun Feng (1986): Geology and Prospecting 22(3), 21-27; Aleksandrov, S.M. (1998): Geochemistry of skarn and ore formation in dolomites. VSP (Utrecht, Tokyo), 300 pp.
  • Hunan
    • Chenzhou
      • Linwu Co.
        • Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field
Aleksandrov, S.M. (1998): Geochemistry of skarn and ore formation in dolomites. VSP (Utrecht, Tokyo), 300 pp.
  • Jiangsu
    • Suzhou
      • Wujiang Co.
Chen Sisong, Wei Jinsheng, and Huang Kebing (1987): Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 6(4), 364-367.
  • Yunnan
    • Honghe
      • Gejiu Co.
        • Gejiu Sn-polymetallic ore field
Chen, J., Halls, C., and Stanley, C.J. (1992): Chinese Journal of Geochemistry 11(2), 140-155.
Mingxiu Wei (1985): Geochimica 15(1), 37-44; Chengdian Pen (1986): Mineral Deposits 5(3), 37-48
Czech Republic
  • Vysočina Region
    • Žďár nad Sázavou District
      • Bystřice nad Pernštejnem
Groat, L. A., Evans, R. J., Cempírek, J., McCammon, C., & Houzar, S. (2013). Fe-rich and As-bearing vesuvianite and wiluite from Kozlov, Czech Republic. American Mineralogist, 98(7), 1330-1337.
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirgskreis
      • Schwarzenberg
  • Issyk-Kul Region
    • Saryjaz-Akshyirak Region
Marshukova et al. (1968): ZVMO 97, 695-698.
  • Erongo Region
    • Arandis
Palache, C., Berman, H. & Frondel, C. (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, 7th. edition, Volume I: 578; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 333.
  • Buskerud
    • Øvre Eiker
      • Gunhildrud
Sunde, Ø., Selbekk, R.S., Friis, H. & Andersen, T. (2013): Bakstevalåsen, en unik Be-Sn-B pegmatitt. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 50, 43-48
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Langesundsfjorden
        • Store Arøya
Brøgger (1887): Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholms Förhandlinger 9, 247-274; 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)
  • Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
    • Polar Yakutia
      • Dogdo River Basin
        • Tas-Khayakhtakh Range
Rudnev et al. (1998): ZVMO 127, 86-92.
  • Alaska
    • Nome Census Area
      • Seward Peninsula
Aleksandrov, S.M. (1974b) Geochemical features of endogeneous borate mineralization in Italy. Geokhimiya, 5, 763-772 (in Russian. English translation::Geochemistry International, April, 1974, Vol. 10, pp. 987-996).
        • York Range
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