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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:
Magnetite2 photos of Nordenskiöldine associated with Magnetite on mindat.org.
Bornite1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with Bornite on mindat.org.
Danburite1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with Danburite on mindat.org.
Calcite1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with Calcite on mindat.org.
Analcime1 photo of Nordenskiöldine associated with Analcime on mindat.org.

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

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.
  • Yukon
    • Watson Lake mining district
      • Cassiar Mts
        • Screw Creek
Rocks & Min.: 60(1):13.
  • 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
    • Erzgebirge District
      • Schwarzenberg District
        • Pöhla
  • Issyk-Kul Oblast (Ysyk-Köl Oblast)
    • 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
        • Arøya (Arö)
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 Borough
      • 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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