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About SenegaliteHide

Flag of Senegal
Al2(PO4)(OH)(OH)2 · H2O
Colourless to light yellow. Green
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in 1976 by Zdeněk Johan after its discovery locality, the iron deposit of Kouroudiako, located in the valley of Faleme, in eastern Senegal.
This page provides mineralogical data about Senegalite.

Classification of SenegaliteHide

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First published:

D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H2O
E : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 3:1

6 : A2(XO4)Zq·xH2O

19 : Phosphates
7 : Phosphates of Al alone

Physical Properties of SenegaliteHide

Colourless to light yellow. Green
Fresh Senegalite is green becoming yellow on exposure to sunlight
5½ on Mohs scale
{010}, poor
2.552(7) g/cm3 (Measured)    2.551 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of SenegaliteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.562 nβ = 1.566 nγ = 1.587
Measured: 53° , Calculated: 48°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.025
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of SenegaliteHide

Al2(PO4)(OH)(OH)2 · H2O
IMA Formula:
Al2(PO4)(OH)3 · H2O

Crystallography of SenegaliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mm2 - Pyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.675(4) Å, b = 9.711(4) Å, c = 7.635(4) Å
a:b:c = 0.79 : 1 : 0.786
Unit Cell V:
569.05 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
flattened on [010], showing large {001}, {010},{101}, {111}, small {100}, {011}, {021}.
SG P21nb (non-standard setting)

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IDSpeciesReferenceLinkYearLocalityPressure (GPa)Temp (K)
0000752SenegaliteKeegan T D, Araki T, Moore P B (1979) Senegalite, Al2(OH)3(H2O)(PO4), a novel structure type American Mineralogist 64 1243-124719790293
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Radiation - Copper Kα
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Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Type Occurrence of SenegaliteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
National School of Mines, Paris, France.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of SenegaliteHide

Other Language Names for SenegaliteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
75 photos of Senegalite associated with TurquoiseCuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 · 4H2O
22 photos of Senegalite associated with CrandalliteCaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
4 photos of Senegalite associated with AugeliteAl2(PO4)(OH)3
2 photos of Senegalite associated with WavelliteAl3(PO4)2(OH,F)3 · 5H2O
1 photo of Senegalite associated with VarisciteAlPO4 · 2H2O
1 photo of Senegalite associated with Limonite

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.DE.10FluelliteAl2(PO4)F2(OH) · 7H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fddd
8.DE.15BulachiteAl2(AsO4)(OH)3 · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.DE.20ZapataliteCu3Al4(PO4)3(OH)9 · 4H2OTet.
8.DE.25CeruleiteCu2Al7(AsO4)4(OH)13 · 11.5H2OMon.
8.DE.35AldermaniteMg5Al12(PO4)8(OH)22 · 32H2OOrth.
8.DE.40Juanitaite(Cu,Ca,Fe)10Bi(AsO4)4(OH)11 · 2H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/nnm
8.DE.45IangreyiteCa2Al7(PO4)2(PO3OH)2(OH,F)15 · 8H2OTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide · 3H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

19.7.1BerliniteAlPO4Trig. 3 2 : P31 2 1
19.7.2AugeliteAl2(PO4)(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/m
19.7.3TrolleiteAl4(PO4)3(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
19.7.5VarisciteAlPO4 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
19.7.6MetavarisciteAlPO4 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
19.7.7BolivariteAl2(PO4)(OH)3 · 4-5H2OAmor.
19.7.8WavelliteAl3(PO4)2(OH,F)3 · 5H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
19.7.9EvansiteAl3(PO4)(OH)6 · 6H2OAmor.
19.7.10VantasseliteAl4(PO4)3(OH)3 · 9H2OOrth.
19.7.11KingiteAl3(PO4)2F2(OH) · 7H2OTric.
19.7.12VashegyiteAl11(PO4)9(OH)6 · 38H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)

Other InformationHide

Special Storage/
Display Requirements:
Fades from green to yellow in sunlight. Keep out of Sunlight!
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 SenegaliteHide

Reference List:
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Johan, Z. (1976) La sénégalite, Al2(PO4)(OH)3 •H2O, un nouveau minéral. Lithos: 9: 165–171.
Fleischer, M., Cabri, L.J., Nickel, E.H., Pabst, A. (1977) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 62: 593-600.
Keegan, T.D., Araki, T., Moore, P.B. (1979) Senegalite, Al2(OH)3(H2O)(PO4), a novel structure type. American Mineralogist: 64: 1243–1247.
Gineste, C. (2005) Sénégalite et phosphates associés de Kouroudiako, Falémé, Sénégal. Le Règne Minéral: 65: 13-24.
Frost, R.L., López, A., Xi, Y., Murta, N., Scholz, R. (2013) The molecular structure of the phosphate mineral senegalite Al2(PO4)(OH)3⋅3H2O – A vibrational spectroscopic study. Journal of Molecular Structure: 1048: 420-425.

Internet Links for SenegaliteHide

Localities for SenegaliteHide

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.
  • Maranhão
    • Godofredo Viana
Sioeira, N. v. m. e., & DE Oliveira, N. p. 0 (1982) Padrão DE Distribuição DE Elementos Principais E Traços'nas Lateritas Fosfatadas Da Chapada DE Pirocaua (Ha).
  • Minas Gerais
    • Brumadinho
B Gioia collection; Frost, R. L., López, A., Xi, Y., Murta, N., & Scholz, R. (2013). The molecular structure of the phosphate mineral senegalite Al 2 (PO 4)(OH) 3⋅ 3H 2 O–A vibrational spectroscopic study. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1048, 420-425.
  • Pará
    • Monte Alegre
      • Maicuru range
Lemos, V. P., & da Costa, M. C. (1989). Mineralogical aspects of the laterites of Maicuru. Sociedade Brasileira de Geoquimica, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); 531 p; 1989; p. 375-384; 13. International Geochemical Exploration Symposium. 2. Brazilian Geochemical Congress; Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); 1-6 Oct 1989
Senegal (TL)
  • Tambacounda Region
    • Falémé River basin
      • Saraya
Gineste, C. & Bantsimba, C. (2005): Sénégalite et phosphates associés de Kouroudiako, Falémé, Sénégal. Le Règne Minéral, 65, 13-24.; Keegan T D, Araki T, Moore P B (1979) Senegalite, Al2(OH)3(H2O)(PO4), a novel structure type, American Mineralogist, 64, 1243-1247
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