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Aerinite

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Formula:
(Ca5.1Na0.5)(Fe3+,Al,Fe2+,Mg)4(Al,Mg)6[HSi12O36(OH)12][(CO3)1.2(H2O)12]
According to Rius et al. (2009), the formula of the Fe3+-rich variety includes SO3 (sulphite) substitution for carbonate.
Colour:
blue to blue-green
Hardness:
3
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
From the Greek "aerinos," for sky-blue, alluding to its color.
A rare, chemically complex carbonate-bearing silicate.

A closely related, darker blue mineral (intergrown with Fe3+-rich aerinite) is described by Rius et al. (2009).


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Classification of AeriniteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
9.DB.45

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
D : Inosilicates
B : Inosilicates with 2-periodic single chains, Si2O6; Pyroxene-related minerals
68.1.3.1

68 : INOSILICATES Structures with Chains of More Than One Width
1 : Structures with Chains of More Than One Width
16.23.7

16 : Silicates Containing Aluminum and other Metals
23 : Aluminosilicates of Fe, Ca, and Mg

Physical Properties of AeriniteHide

Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
blue to blue-green
Streak:
bluish white
Hardness:

Optical Data of AeriniteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.510 nβ = 1.560 nγ = 1.580
2V:
Measured: 63° , Calculated: 62°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.070
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low
Dispersion:
none

Chemical Properties of AeriniteHide

Formula:
(Ca5.1Na0.5)(Fe3+,Al,Fe2+,Mg)4(Al,Mg)6[HSi12O36(OH)12][(CO3)1.2(H2O)12]

According to Rius et al. (2009), the formula of the Fe3+-rich variety includes SO3 (sulphite) substitution for carbonate.
IMA Formula:
(Ca,Na)6(Fe3+,Fe2+,Mg,Al)4(Al,Mg)6[Si12O36(OH)12](CO3) · 12H2O
Common Impurities:
Ti,Mn,Na,K,P

Crystallography of AeriniteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 14.69 Å, b = 16.87 Å, c = 5.17 Å
β = 94.75°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.871 : 1 : 0.306
Unit Cell V:
1,276.83 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
As masses of cryptocrystalline fibers; earthy, compact.

Type Occurrence of AeriniteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Wroclaw University, Wroclaw, Poland;
National School of Mines, Paris, France.

Other Language Names for AeriniteHide

Dutch:Aeriniet
German:Aerinit
Russian:Эринит
Spanish:Aerinita

Common AssociatesHide

MesoliteNa2Ca2Si9Al6O30 · 8H2O
PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz10 photos of Aerinite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Prehnite4 photos of Aerinite associated with Prehnite on mindat.org.
Scolecite2 photos of Aerinite associated with Scolecite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.DB.05BalipholiteBaLiMg2Al3(Si2O6)2(OH)4Orth.
9.DB.05CarpholiteMn2+Al2(Si2O6)(OH)4Orth.
9.DB.05Ferrocarpholite(Fe2+,Mg)Al2(Si2O6)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
9.DB.05Magnesiocarpholite(Mg,Fe2+)Al2(Si2O6)(OH)4Orth.
9.DB.05Potassiccarpholite(K,☐)(Li,Mn2+)2Al4(Si2O6)2(OH,F)8Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
9.DB.05VanadiocarpholiteMn2+V3+Al(Si2O6)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Ccca
9.DB.10LorenzeniteNa2Ti2(Si2O6)O3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbcn
9.DB.15LintisiteLiNa3Ti2(Si2O6)2O2 · 2H2OMon.
9.DB.15PunkaruaiviteLiTi2(HSi4O12)(OH)2 · H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.DB.17EliseeviteLiNa1.5Ti2(H1.5Si4O12)O2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.DB.20KukisvumiteNa6ZnTi4(Si8O24)O4 · 4H2OOrth.
9.DB.20ManganokukisvumiteNa6MnTi4(Si8O24)O4 · 4H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pccn
9.DB.25VinogradoviteNa4Ti4(Si2O6)2[(Si,Al)4O10]O4 · (H2O,Na,K)3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.DB.25ParavinogradoviteNa1-2(Ti,Fe3+)4(Si2O6)2(AlSi3O10)(OH)4 · H2OTric. 1 : P1
9.DB.30NchwaningiteMn2+2(SiO3)(OH)2 · H2OOrth.
9.DB.35PlancheiteCu8(Si8O22)(OH)4 · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.DB.40ShattuckiteCu5(Si2O6)2(OH)2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.DB.40UM2005-31-SiO:CuHCu11(SiO4)(OH)18 · 9H2O ?
9.DB.50CapranicaiteKCaNaAl4B4Si2O18Mon. 2/m : P21/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

16.23.1Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6Mon. 2/m : B2/b
16.23.2DorriteCa4(Mg3Fe3+9)O4(Si3Al8Fe3+O36)Tric.
16.23.3Vesuvianite(Ca,Na,☐)19(Al,Mg,Fe3+)13(☐,B,Al,Fe3+)5(Si2O7)4(SiO4)10(OH,F,O)10Tet.
16.23.5Ferro-hornblende☐{Ca2}{Fe2+4Al}(AlSi7O22)(OH)2Mon.
16.23.6Magnesio-hornblende☐{Ca2}{Mg4Al}(AlSi7O22)(OH)2Mon.

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 AeriniteHide

Reference List:
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von Lasaulx, A. (1876) Aërinit, ein neues Mineral. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie: 175: 352-358.
Azambre, B., Monchoux, P. (1988) Précisions minéralogiques sur l'aérinite: nouvelle occurrence à Saint-Pandelon (Landes, France). Bulletin de Minéralogie: 111: 39-47.
Grice, J.D. (1988) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 73: 1498-1499.
Rius, J., Plana, F., Queralt, I., Louër, D. (1998) Preliminary structure type determination of the fibrous aluminosilicate “aerinite” from powder X-ray diffraction data. Anales de Química International Edition: 94: 101–106.
Jambor, J.L. (1999) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 84: 1467.
Rius, J., Elkaim, E., Torrelles, X. (2004) Structure determination of the blue mineral pigment aerinite from synchrotron powder diffraction data: The solution of an old riddle. European Journal of Mineralogy: 16(1): 127-134.
Rius, J., Crespi, A., Roig, A., Melgarejo, J.C. (2009) Crystal structure refinement of Fe3+-rich aerinite from synchrotron powder diffraction and Moessbauer data. European Journal of Mineralogy: 21: 233-240.

Internet Links for AeriniteHide

Localities for AeriniteHide

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.
France
 
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Landes
[Clark, 1993 - "Hey's Mineral Index, 3rd Edition"]
Mexico
 
  • Zacatecas
    • Mun. de Ojo Caliente
      • La Blanca
Parker, R. (2010). Geology And Mineral Resources Of The Bilbao Silver-Lead-Zinc Deposit, State Of Zacatecas, Mexico. Private Company Report for Xtierra Inc.
Morocco
 
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Djebel Saghro (Jbel Saghro)
Christopher O'Neill specimen
  • High Atlas Mtn
Handbook of Mineralogy
Nicaragua
 
  • León Department
    • Telica Volcano
Hynek, B. M., McCollom, T. M., Marcucci, E. C., Brugman, K. K., & Rogers, K. L. (2013, March). Assessing environmental controls on acid-sulfate alteration at active volcanoes in Nicaragua: applications to relic hydrothermal systems on mars. In 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March (pp. 18-22).; Hynek, B. M., McCollom, T. M., Marcucci, E. C., Brugman, K., & Rogers, K. L. (2013). Assessment of environmental controls on acid‐sulfate alteration at active volcanoes in Nicaragua: Applications to relic hydrothermal systems on Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118(10), 2083-2104.
Spain
 
  • Andalusia
    • Cádiz
      • Olvera
[MinRec 27:103]
      • Torre Alháquime
[MinRec 27:103]
    • Málaga
      • Antequera
Mineralogical Record Magazine (1996) Blue quartz from Antequera-Olvera ophite: 27(2); Juan C.Romero Silva Calvo, M. (2016). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol VIII. Cuarzo y otros minerales de la sílice. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 399 págs.; Romero Silva, J.C (2003). Minerales y Rocas de la Provincia de Málaga. CEDMA County Council 318 pp 1 map
  • Aragón
    • Huesca
      • Estopiñán del Castillo
[Neues Jahrb.Min.(1876) 352-358; Clark, 1993 - "Hey's Mineral Index, 3rd Edition"]
Calvo, M. (2008). Minerales de Aragón. Prames (Zaragoza) 462 pages
Calvo, M. (2008).Minerales de Aragón. Prames (Zaragoza). 463 pages
Handbook of Mineralogy
    • Teruel
      • Manzanera
Fernando Gascón Collection
  • Catalonia
      • Les Avellanes i Santa Linya
Rius, J., Crespi, A., Roig, A., Melgarejo, J.C. (2009): Crystal structure refinement of Fe3+-rich aerinite from synchrotron powder diffraction and Moessbauer data. European Journal of Mineralogy, 21, 233-240.
  • Valencian Community
    • Alicante
Casanova Honrubia, Juan Miguel & Canseco Caballé, Manuel, 2002, Minerales de la Comunidad Valenciana : 237 p. Ed. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Alicante
      • Albatera (Hondón de los Frailes)
Casanova Honrubia, Juan Miguel & Canseco Caballé, Manuel, 2002, Minerales de la Comunidad Valenciana : 237 p. Ed. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Alicante
      • Orihuela
Casanova Honrubia, Juan Miguel & Canseco Caballé, Manuel, 2002, Minerales de la Comunidad Valenciana : 237 p. Ed. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Alicante
    • Castellón
      • Altura
Adrian Pesudo collection
      • Torás
        • Mt. La Rocha de Piquer
Casanova Honrubia, Juan Miguel & Canseco Caballé, Manuel, 2002, Minerales de la Comunidad Valenciana : 237 p. Ed. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Alicante
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Pima Co.
Handbook of Mineralogy
  • New Jersey
    • Somerset Co.
      • Bernards Township
Maertens, J. (2007) Collecting Minerals at Tilcon's Millington Quarry. The Tilcon Times, Summer:10.
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