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About LakargiiteHide

red-brown to yellowish and almost colorless.
Adamantine, Vitreous, Sub-Metallic
8 - 9
Specific Gravity:
4.587 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
For the type locality
Isostructural with:
Perovskite Group. The Zr analogue of Perovskite.

Classification of LakargiiteHide

Approval Year:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
C : Metal: Oxygen = 2: 3,3: 5, and similar
C : With large and medium-sized cations

Physical Properties of LakargiiteHide

Adamantine, Vitreous, Sub-Metallic
red-brown to yellowish and almost colorless.
red-brown (high Ti contents)
light-brown to cream-white
8 - 9 on Mohs scale
VHN100= 1545 kg/mm2 - Vickers
{110} and {001}
4.587 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of LakargiiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 2.100 nβ = 2.100 nγ = 2.100
is less than 0.003–0.005
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.000
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Colour in reflected light:
light-brown to colorless
Internal Reflections:
red-brown and pink internal reflections
2V close to 0

Chemical Properties of LakargiiteHide

IMA Formula:
Idealised Formula:

Crystallography of LakargiiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.556(1) Å, b = 5.715(1) Å, c = 7.960(1) Å
a:b:c = 0.972 : 1 : 1.393
Unit Cell V:
252.75 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
forms twins according to the following twin laws: 90° rotation around [101] and 180° rotation around [101]

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
4.013 (35)
4.009 (16)
2.881 (25)
2.836 (100)
2.796 (22)
2.006 (29)
1.654 (17)
1.622 (24)

Type Occurrence of LakargiiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
pseudo-cubic crystals up to 30–35 µm in size and aggregates up to 200 µm.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Specimen (number 3590/1) is deposited at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
accessory mineral in high-temperature skarns in carbonate-silicate rocks occurring as xenoliths in ignimbrites
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of LakargiiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Chlormayenite1 photo of Lakargiite associated with Chlormayenite on mindat.org.
Spurrite1 photo of Lakargiite associated with Spurrite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.CC.AllendeiteSc4Zr3O12Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.15GrossiteCaAl4O7Mon. 2/m : B2/b
4.CC.20ChlormayeniteCa12Al14O32[◻4Cl2]Iso. 4 3m : I4 3d
4.CC.25YafsoaniteCa3Zn3(TeO6)2Iso. m3 (2/m 3)
4.CC.30LatrappiteCa2NbFe3+O6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.CC.30LueshiteNaNbO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.CC.30PerovskiteCaTiO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
4.CC.30BarioperovskiteBaTiO3Orth. mm2 : Amm2
4.CC.30MegawiteCaSnO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pban
4.CC.35MacedonitePbTiO3Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
4.CC.35TausoniteSrTiO3Iso. 4 3m
4.CC.35Isolueshite(Na,La)NbO3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pm3m
4.CC.40CrichtoniteSr(Mn,Y,U)Fe2(Ti,Fe,Cr,V)18(O,OH)38Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.40Davidite-(Ce)(Ce,La)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)20(O,OH)38Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.40Davidite-(Y)(La,Ce,Na,Ca,Pb)(Y,Fe2+,◻)(Fe2+,Mn2+)2(Ti,Fe3+,Nb,Zr)18O38 (hypothetical)Trig.
4.CC.40LandauiteNaMnZn2(Ti,Fe)6Ti12O38Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.40Mathiasite(K, Ba, Sr)(Zr, Fe)(Mg,Fe)2 (Ti,Cr,Fe)18O38Trig.
4.CC.40Dessauite-(Y)(Sr,Pb)(Y,U)(Ti,Fe3+)20O38Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.40Cleusonite(Pb,Sr)(U4+,U6+)(Fe2+,Zn)2(Ti,Fe2+,Fe3+)18(O,OH)38Trig. 3 : R3
4.CC.40Gramaccioliite-(Y)(Pb,Sr)(Y,Mn)Fe3+2(Ti,Fe3+)18O38Trig. 3
4.CC.45HawthorneiteBaMgTi3Cr4Fe2+2Fe3+2O19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
4.CC.45PlumboferritePb2(Fe3+,Mn2+,Mg)11O19Trig. 3 2 : P3 1 2
4.CC.45HaggertyiteBaFe2+4Fe3+2Ti5MgO19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
4.CC.45NežilovitePbZn2Mn4+2Fe3+8O19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
4.CC.45Hibonite-(Fe)(Fe,Mg)Al12O19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
4.CC.45BarioferriteBaFe3+12O19Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
4.CC.60Mengxianminite (of Huang et al.)(Ca,Na)3(Fe,Mn)2Mg2(Sn,Zn)5Al8O29

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 LakargiiteHide

Reference List:
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Galuskin, E.V., Gazeev, V.M., Armbruster, Th., Zadov, A., Galuskina, I.O., Pertsev, N.N., Dziercanowski, P., Kadiyski, M., Gurbanov, A., Wrzalik, R., Winiarski, A. (2008): Lakargiite CaZrO3 - a new mineral of the perovskite group from the North Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. American Mineralogist, 93, 1903-1910.

Internet Links for LakargiiteHide

Localities for LakargiiteHide

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.
  • Tamanghasset Province
Ma, C. (2011) Discovery of Meteoritic Lakargiite (CaZrO3), a New Ultra-Refractory Mineral from the Acfer 094 Carbonaceous Chondrite (Abstract-Id.#5169). Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Supplement s1, p. A144. (Sept 2011).
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Eifel
      • Daun
        • Üdersdorf
Blaß, G. & Kruijen, F. (2014): Die Neuigkeiten aus der Vulkaneifel (2/14). Mineralien-Welt 25 (5), 62-75 (in German).
      • Mayen
        • Ettringen
          • Bellerberg volcano
EMPA data, Sharygin V.V.
in the collection of Christof Schäfer
Galuskin, E.V., Krüger, B., Krüger, H., Blass, G., Widmer, R., Galuskina, I.O. (2016): Wernerkrauseite, CaFe3+2Mn4+O6 - the first non-stoichiometric post-spinel mineral, from Bellerberg volcano, Eifel, Germany. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 485-493
            • Southern lava flow
              • Mayener Feld
in the collection of Christof Schäfer
  • Amman
    • Hashem region
      • Lisdan-Siwaga Fault
        • Siwaga
Khoury, H.N., Sokol, E.V., Kokh, S.N., Seryotkin, Y.V., Nigmatulina, E.N., Goryainov, S.V., Belogub, E.V., Clark, I.D. (2016): Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan. Mineralogy and Petrology, 110, 125-140; Sokol, E. V., Kokh, S. N., Khoury, H. N., Seryotkin, Y. V., & Goryainov, S. V. (2016). Long-term immobilisation of Cd 2+ at the Tulul Al Hammam natural analogue site, central Jordan. Applied Geochemistry, 70, 43-60.
  • Northern Caucasus Region
    • Kabardino-Balkarian Republic
      • Baksan Valley
Galuskin, E.V., Galuskina, I.O., Kusz, J., Gfeller, F., Armbruster, T., Bailau, R., Dulski, M., Gazeev, V.M., Pertsev, N.N., Zadov, A.E., Dzieržanowski, P. (2015): Mayenite supergroup, part II: Chlorkyuygenite from Upper Chegem, northern Caucasus Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, a new microporous mayenite supergroup mineral with “zeolitic” H2O. European Journal of Mineralogy. 27, 113-122; Bailau, R., Gałuskin, E. V., Gazeev, V. M., & Gałuskina, I. O. Raman investigation of potential new mineral-Fe 3-analogue of wadalite from calcareous-silicate xenoliths of the Upper Chegem caldera, Northern Caucasus, Russia.
          • Lakargi Mt.
Galuskin, E.V., Gazeev, V.M., Armbruster, Th., Zadov, A., Galuskina, I.O., Pertsev, N.N., Dziercanowski, P., Kadiyski, M., Gurbanov, A., Wrzalik, R., Winiarski, A. (2008): Lakargiite CaZrO3 - a new mineral of the perovskite group from the North Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. American Mineralogist, 93, 1903-1910.
Galuskin, E.V., Galuskina, I.O., Gazeev, V.M., Dzierżanowski, P., Prusik, K., Pertsev, N.N., Zadov, A.E., Bailau, R., Gurbanov, A.G. (2011): Megawite, CaSnO3: a new perovskite-group mineral from skarns of the Upper Chegem caldera, Kabardino-Balkaria, Northern Caucasus, Russia. Mineralogical Magazine, 75, 2563-2572.; Galuskina, I., Galuskin, E.V., Dzieržanowski, P., Gazeev, V., Prusik, K., Pertsev, N., Winiarski, A., Zadov, A., Wrzalik, R. (2010): Toturite Ca3Sn2Fe2SiO12 - a new mineral species of the garnet group. American Mineralogist, 95, 1305-1311
Galuskin, E. V.; Gazeev, V. M.; Lazic, B.; Armbruster, T.; Galuskina, I. O.; Zadov, A. E.; Pertsev, N. N.; Wrzalik, R.; Dzierzanowski, P.; Gurbanov, A. G. & Bzowska, G. (2009): Chegemite Ca7(SiO4)3(OH)2 - a new humite-group calcium mineral from the Northern Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. European Journal of Mineralogy 21, 1045-1059.
South Africa
  • Free State Province
    • Thabo Mofutsanyane District
      • Clocolan
Kamenetsky, V. S., Belousova, E. A., Giuliani, A., Kamenetsky, M. B., Goemann, K., & Griffin, W. L. (2014). Chemical abrasion of zircon and ilmenite megacrysts in the Monastery kimberlite: Implications for the composition of kimberlite melts. Chemical Geology, 383, 76-85.
  • Donetsk (Donets'k) Oblast'
V.V. Sharygin (2011) Lakargiite and Minerals of the Perovskite-brownmillerite Series in Metacarbonate Rocks from Donetsk Burned Dumps
      • Kalinin coal mine
Шарыгин, В. В. (2015). Минералогия метакарбонатной породы из горелого террикона угольной шахты им. Калинина, г. Донецк. Минералогия техногенеза–2015, Миасс, Имин УрО РАН, 13-40. (Mineralogy of a Metacarbonate Rock from a Burned Dump of the Kalinin Coal Mine, Donetsk)
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