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Julius K. Nyerere
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Crystal System:
Named by C. Milton in 1968 in honor of Julius Kambarage Nyerere (29 October 1964, Butiama, Tanganyika – 5 November 1985, London, United Kingdom), president of Tanganyika and then Tanzania 1964-1985. The original description contained only a name and composition. A later proposed name of natrofairchildite (in another paper that included data) was denied and nyerereite was given priority.
Isostructural with:
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Classification of NyerereiteHide

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A : Carbonates without additional anions, without H2O
C : Alkali and alkali-earth carbonates

3 : A2B(XO3)2

11 : Carbonates
1 : Carbonates of the alkali metals and ammonium

Physical Properties of NyerereiteHide

2.41 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of NyerereiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.511 nβ = 1.533 nγ = 1.535
Measured: 29° , Calculated: 28°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.023
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of NyerereiteHide


Crystallography of NyerereiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.062(1) Å, b = 8.790(1) Å, c = 12.744(1) Å
a:b:c = 0.576 : 1 : 1.45
Unit Cell V:
567.04 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Platy crystals to 0.5 mm.
Always twinned.
Incommensurately modulated twin structure (Bolotina et al., 2017): Cmcm(α00)00s with modulation vector q = 0.383a*, with above unit-cell parameters. Originally assumed to have Cmc21.

Type Occurrence of NyerereiteHide

Synonyms of NyerereiteHide

Other Language Names for NyerereiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gregoryite5 photos of Nyerereite associated with Gregoryite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.AC.15BütschliiteK2Ca(CO3)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
5.AC.20FairchilditeK2Ca(CO3)2Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
5.AC.25ShortiteNa2Ca2(CO3)3Orth. mm2 : Amm2
5.AC.30Burbankite(Na,Ca)3(Sr,Ba,Ce)3(CO3)5Hex. 6mm : P63mc
5.AC.30CalcioburbankiteNa3(Ca,REE,Sr)3(CO3)5Hex. 6mm : P63mc
5.AC.30SanromániteNa2CaPb3[CO3]5Hex. 6mm : P63mc

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.1.1ZabuyeliteLi2CO3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
11.1.3NahcoliteNaHCO3Mon. 2/m
11.1.4WegscheideriteNa5H3(CO3)4Tric. 1 : P1
11.1.5ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmm
11.1.6TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m
11.1.7NatronNa2CO3 · 10H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
11.1.8KaliciniteKHCO3Mon. 2/m
11.1.9ShortiteNa2Ca2(CO3)3Orth. mm2 : Amm2
11.1.13PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2OOrth. mm2 : Fdd2
11.1.14GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
11.1.15BaylissiteK2Mg(CO3)2 · 4H2OMon.
11.1.16FairchilditeK2Ca(CO3)2Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
11.1.17BütschliiteK2Ca(CO3)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
11.1.18Teschemacherite(NH4)HCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pccn

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.

Nyerereite in petrologyHide

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References for NyerereiteHide

Reference List:
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Dawson, J.B. (1962) Sodium carbonate lavas from Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanganyika. Nature: 195: 1075–1076.
Milton, C. (1968) The "natro-carbonatite lava" of Oldionyo Lengai, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Abstracts Annual Meetings 1968: 202-202. (abstract)
Fleischer, M., Chao, G.Y., Kato, A. (1975) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 60: 485-489.
McKie, D., Frankis, E.J. (1977) Nyerereite: A new volcanic carbonate mineral from Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 145: 73-95.
Fleischer, M., Cabri, L.J. (1978) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 63: 598-600.
Peterson, T.D. (1990) Petrology and genesis of natrocarbonatite. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology: 105: 143-155.
Shatskiy, A., Gavryushkin, P.N., Litasov, K.D., Koroleva, O.N., Kupriyanov, I.N., Borzdov, Y.M., Sharygin, I.S., Funakoshi, K., Palyanov, Y.N., Ohtani, E. (2015) Na-Ca carbonates synthesized under upper-mantle conditions: Raman spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction studies. European Journal of Mineralogy: 27: 175-184.
N. B. Bolotina, P. N. Gavryushkin, A. V. Korsakov, S. V. Rashchenko, Y. V. Seryotkin, A. V. Golovin, B. N. Moine, A. N. Zaitsev and K. D. Litasov (2017): Incommensurately modulated twin structure of nyerereite Na1.64K0.36Ca(CO3)2. Acta Crystallogr. B73, 276-284.

Internet Links for NyerereiteHide

Localities for NyerereiteHide

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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.
  • Mato Grosso
    • Juína
      • Sorriso river
Kaminsky, F. V., Ryabchikov, I. D., & Wirth, R. (2015). A primary natrocarbonatitic association in the Deep Earth. Mineralogy and Petrology, 1-12.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Lahn valley
      • Bad Ems District
        • Braubach
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. & David, W. (1991): Die Blei- und Silberhütte Braubach und ihre Haldenminerale. Lapis, 16 (1), 38-49; 58 (in German).
Lapis, 16 (1), 38-53+58.
  • Basilicata
    • Potenza Province
Stoppa, F., Jones, A.P., Sharygin, V.V. (2009): Nyerereite from carbonatite rocks at Vulture volcano: implications for mantle metasomatism and petrogenesis of alkali carbonate melts. Central European Journal of Geosciences, 1, 131-151
        • Melfi
Stoppa, F., Jones, A.P., and Sharygin, V.V. (2009): Central European Journal of Geosciences 1(2), 131-151
  • Nandi District
A. N. Zaitsev, T. Wenzel, T. Vennemann and G. Markl (2013): Tinderet volcano, Kenya: an altered natrocarbonatite locality? Mineralogical Magazine 77, 213-226.
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Krasnoyarsk Territory (Krasnoyarsk Kray; Krasnoyarskii Krai)
      • Maimecha and Kotui Rivers Basin
Henderson, C. M. B., Kogarko, L. N., & Plant, D. A. (1999). Extreme closed system fractionation of volatile-rich, ultrabasic peralkaline melt inclusions and the occurrence of djerfisherite in the Kugda alkaline complex, Siberia. Mineralogical Magazine, 63(3), 433-438.
Henderson, C. M. B., Kogarko, L. N., & Plant, D. A. (1999). Extreme closed system fractionation of volatile-rich, ultrabasic peralkaline melt inclusions and the occurrence of djerfisherite in the Kugda alkaline complex, Siberia. Mineralogical Magazine, 63(3), 433-438.
    • Sakha Republic (Saha Republic; Yakutia)
      • Daldyn-Alakit kimberlite field
        • Daldyn
Sharygin, I. S., Golovin, A. V., Korsakov, A. V., & Pokhilenko, N. P. (2013). Eitelite in sheared peridotite xenoliths from Udachnaya-East kimberlite pipe (Russia)–a new locality and host rock type. European Journal of Mineralogy, 25(5), 825-834.
  • Northern Region
    • Murmanskaya Oblast'
      • Northern Karelia
  • Arusha Region
Zaitsev A.N., Wenzel T., Markl G., Spratt J., Petrov S.V., Williams, C.T. (2010) Mineralogy and geochemistry of nephelinites and phonolites from the Sadiman volcano, northern Tanzania. Abstracts of XXVII International conference School «Geochemistry of Alkaline rocks». – Moscow-Koktebel’. pp. 240 pp.
McKie, D., Frankis, E.J. (1977) Nyerereite: A new volcanic carbonate mineral from Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 145: 73-95.; Geol.Soc.Amer.,Progr. Annual. Meet.(1968) 202; Mineralogical Magazine 1997 61 : 779-789; Zaitsev, A. N., & Keller, J. (2006). Mineralogical and chemical transformation of Oldoinyo Lengai natrocarbonatites, Tanzania. Lithos, 91(1), 191-207.; Mattsson, H. B., & Reusser, E. (2010). Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of ashes from an early phase of the explosive September 2007 eruption of Oldoinyo Lengai (Tanzania). Journal of African Earth Sciences, 58(5), 752-763.; Victoria Sekisova, Victor Victorovich Sharygin, A. N. Zaitsev, Stanislav Strekopytov (2015) Liquid Immiscibility Геология и геофизика, 2015, т. 56, № 12, с. 2173—2197
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