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About PokrovskiteHide

Pavel V. Pokrovski
Pinkish-white to tan
Waxy, Dull
Crystal System:
Member of:
Named in honor of Pavel Vladimirovich Pokrovskii (Павла Владимировича Покровского) (19 May 1912, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl, Russian Empire – 2 August 1979, Sverdlovsk, Russia), mineralogist, Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Sverdlovsk, Russia.

Classification of PokrovskiteHide


B : Carbonates with additional anions, without H2O
A : With Cu, Co, Ni, Zn, Mg, Mn

3 : (AB)2(XO3)Zq

11 : Carbonates
3 : Carbonates of Mg

Physical Properties of PokrovskiteHide

Waxy, Dull
Pinkish-white to tan

Optical Data of PokrovskiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.537 nβ = 1.611 nγ = 1.619
Measured: 18° , Calculated: 34°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.082
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of PokrovskiteHide


Crystallography of PokrovskiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.43 Å, b = 12.27 Å, c = 3.39 Å
β = 96.6°
a:b:c = 0.769 : 1 : 0.276
Unit Cell V:
389.64 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

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IDSpeciesReferenceLinkYearLocalityPressure (GPa)Temp (K)
0007185PokrovskitePerchiazzi N, Merlino S (2006) The malachite-rosasite group: crystal structures of glaukosphaerite and pokrovskite European Journal of Mineralogy 18 787-79220060293
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Type Occurrence of PokrovskiteHide

Synonyms of PokrovskiteHide

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Relationship of Pokrovskite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
ChukanoviteFe2+2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
Mcguinnessite(Mg,Cu)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m
NullaginiteNi2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
ParádsasváriteZn2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
3 photos of Pokrovskite associated with MagnetiteFe2+Fe3+2O4
3 photos of Pokrovskite associated with Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D = Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
1 photo of Pokrovskite associated with HydromagnesiteMg5(CO3)4(OH)2 · 4H2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.BA.05AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.10GeorgeiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2 · 6H2OAmor.
5.BA.10Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.10MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.10Mcguinnessite(Mg,Cu)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m
5.BA.10NullaginiteNi2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.10Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.10ChukanoviteFe2+2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
5.BA.15Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6Mon. 2/m : P21/m
5.BA.15HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.BA.20HoldawayiteMn6(CO3)2(OH)7(Cl,OH)Mon. 2/m : B2/m
5.BA.25DeferniteCa6(CO3)2-x(SiO4)x(OH)7(Cl,OH)1-2x (xOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
5.BA.30Loseyite(Mn2+,Zn,Mg)4Zn3(CO3)2(OH)10Mon. 2/m
5.BA.30SclariteZn7(CO3)2(OH)10Mon. 2/m : B2/b

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide

16a.3.1.1MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
16a.3.1.2Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
16a.3.1.3Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
16a.3.1.4Mcguinnessite(Mg,Cu)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.3.1MagnesiteMgCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
11.3.2BarringtoniteMgCO3 · 2H2OTric.
11.3.3NesquehoniteMgCO3 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
11.3.4LansforditeMgCO3 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
11.3.6ArtiniteMg2(CO3)(OH)2 · 3H2OMon.
11.3.7HydromagnesiteMg5(CO3)4(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
11.3.8GiorgiositeMg5(CO3)4(OH)2 · 5-6H2O
11.3.9DypingiteMg5(CO3)4(OH)2 · 5H2OMon.
11.3.11Mcguinnessite(Mg,Cu)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m

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 PokrovskiteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1985) 70: 217.
White, J.S. (1987) Pokrovskite, a new common mineral. Mineralogical Record 18(3), 135-136.
Perchiazzi, N. and Merlino, S. (2006) The malachite-rosasite group: crystal structures of glaukosphaerite and pokrovskite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 18, 787-792.
Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 113: 90-94.

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Localities for PokrovskiteHide

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.
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Palatinate
      • Schwandorf District
        • Winklarn
Blaß, G. and Graf, H.W. (1994) Neue Funde. Mineralien-Welt, 2/94, 46-47.; Wittern, A. (2001) Mineralfundorte in Deutschland.
  • Fukuoka Prefecture
    • Iizuka City
Prof, Seiichiro Uehara specimen and ID, Kyushu University.
Kazakhstan (TL)
  • North Kazakhstan Region
    • Aiyrtau
      • Zlatogorsk
        • Zlatogorsk ultramafic intrusion
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
  • California
    • San Benito Co.
G. C. Jones and B. Jackson (1993) Infrared Transmission Spectra of Carbonate Minerals. Chapman and Hall
    • Sonoma Co.
Frost, Ray L. (2006) A Raman spectroscopic study of selected minerals of the rosasite group. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 37(9):pp. 910-921.
  • Maryland
    • Montgomery Co.
      • Rockville
Min Rec 36:4 pp 435-446
  • Nevada
    • Nye Co.
      • Gabbs Mining District
        • Gabbs
NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
    • Jackson Co.
Jan H.Bernard and Jaroslav Hyrsl, 2004, Minerals and their Localities,pg 476
  • Pennsylvania
    • Lancaster Co.
      • State Line Chromite Mining District
        • Fulton Township
FM newsletter vol.31 no.1 Jan-Mar '01 pg.6
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