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Rutile Group

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Tetragonal oxides of general formula M4+O2.

Sellaite is a structurally related magnesium fluoride.

Classification of Rutile Group

Chemical Properties of Rutile Group


Crystallography of Rutile Group

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Crystals in this group are often elongated in [001] and also pyramidal. Striae are nearly always found parallel to [001].
Most members of the group are nearly always twinned on {101} and less often on {301}.

Relationship of Rutile Group to other Species

Group Members:
Argutite GeO2
Cassiterite SnO2
Paratellurite TeO2
Plattnerite PbO2
Pyrolusite MnO2
Rutile TiO2
Stishovite SiO2
Tripuhyite Fe3+Sb5+O4

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.

Rutile Group in petrology

Common component of (items highlighted in red)
Accessory component of (items highlighted in red)

References for Rutile Group

Reference List:
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 554.

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Localities for Rutile Group

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