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About ShakhoviteHide

Felix N. Shakhov
Green (fresh), gray (weathered)
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Felix Nikolaevich Shakhov (Феликс Николаевич Шахов) (24 October 1894, Beloyarsky, Tomsk Province, Russian Empire - 30 October 1971, Novosibirsk, USSR), geologist, Head of the Division of Geochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and a specialist in the field of ore deposits. Note that the first English translation by Cabri et al. was shahovite, without the letter 'k'.
This page provides mineralogical data about Shakhovite.

Classification of ShakhoviteHide

First Published:

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
F : Hydroxides (without V or U)
B : Hydroxides with OH, without H2O; insular octahedra

3 : Miscellaneous

24 : Antimonates and Antimonites
2 : Antimonates of Be, Mg, Ca, Zn or Hg

Physical Properties of ShakhoviteHide

Green (fresh), gray (weathered)

Chemical Properties of ShakhoviteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of ShakhoviteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.87 Å, b = 15.09 Å, c = 5.43 Å
β = 98.86°
a:b:c = 0.323 : 1 : 0.36
Unit Cell V:
394.28 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ShakhoviteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Central Siberian Museum
Vasil'ev, V.I., Lavrent'ev, Y.G., Pal'chik, N.A. (1980) Shakhovite, Hg8Sb2O13, a new supergene mineral. Geologiya i Geofizika: 1980: 128-132.

Synonyms of ShakhoviteHide

Other Language Names for ShakhoviteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Shakhovite associated with BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
1 photo of Shakhovite associated with AnglesitePbSO4

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.FB.OmsiteNi2Fe3+(OH)6[Sb(OH)6]Trig. 3 : P3
4.FB.10CualstibiteCu2Al(OH)6[Sb5+(OH)6]Trig. 3 : P3
4.FB.10ZincalstibiteZn2Al(OH)6[Sb5+(OH)6]Trig. 3 : P3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

24.2.1SwedenborgiteNaBe4Sb5+O7Hex. 6mm : P63mc
24.2.2ByströmiteMgSb2O6Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
24.2.3Roméite GroupA2(Sb5+)2O6Z

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 ShakhoviteHide

Reference List:
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Vasil'ev, V.I., Lavrent'ev, Y.G., Pal'chik, N.A. (1980) Shahovite, Hg8Sb2O13, a new supergene mineral. Geologiya i Geofizika: 1980: 128-132.
Cabri, L.J., Fleischer, M., Pabst, A. (1981) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 66: 1099-1103.
Tillmanns, E., Krupp, R., Abraham, K. (1982) New data on the mercury antimony mineral shakhovite: Chemical composition, unit cell and crystal structure. Tschermaks Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 30: 227-235.
Dunn, P.J., Grice, J.D., Fleischer, M., Pabst, A. (1983) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 68: 1038-1041.
Pal'chik, N.A., Antipin, M.Yu., Vasil'ev, V.I., Potekhin, K.A., Struchkov, Yu.T. (1984) Crystal structure of shakhovite Hg4SbO6. Doklady Akad. Nauk SSSR: 278: 108-112. (in Russian)
Hawthorne, F.C., Burke, E.A.J., Ercit, T.S., Grew, E.S., Grice, J.D., Jambor, J.L., Puziewicz, J., Roberts, A.C., Vanko, D.A. (1988) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 73: 189-199.
Baur, W., Tillmanns, E. (1986) How to avoid unnecessarily low symetry in crystal structure determinations. Acta Crystallographica: B42: 95-111.
Jambor, J.L., Burke, E.A.J., Ercit, T.S., Grice, J.D. (1988) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 73: 1492-1499.

Internet Links for ShakhoviteHide

Localities for ShakhoviteHide

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.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Donnersbergkreis
      • Alsenz-Obermoschel
        • Obermoschel
          • Landsberg (Moschellandsberg)
Lapis 2001(6), 13-40
      • Rockenhausen
        • Stahlberg
Hensel, H. (1987): Shakhovit vom Stahlberg/Pfalz. Aufschluss, 38, 99-102.; Lapis 2001(6), 13-40
  • Attica
    • East Attica
      • Lavreotiki
Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1986): Neufunde in den Schlacken von Laurion. Lapis, 11 (6), 25-29; 42.
          • Sounion area
Laurio The minerals in the ancient slags by Piet Gelaude etc.
          • Vrissaki area
No reference listed
Kyrgyzstan (TL)
  • Batken Region
[Geol.i Geofiz.(1980) p128-132; Lapis 11:11-24]; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Vasil'yev, V. I., Lavrent'yev, Y. G., & Pal'chik, N. A. (1982). Poyarkovite, Hg3CIO, a new natural mercury oxychloride. International Geology Review, 24(3), 363-366.
  • Osh Region
[Lapis 1993:11 p11-24]
Russia (TL)
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
    • Buriatia Republic (Buryatia)
      • Baunt District
        • North-Muya Range
          • Middle Kelyana River
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Vasil'yev, V. I., Lavrent'yev, Y. G., & Pal'chik, N. A. (1983). Kelyanite, Hg36Sb3 (Cl, Br) 9028-a new mineral. International Geology Review, 25(7), 864-868.
  • Andalusia
    • Almería
      • Pulpí
Navarro, A., Cardellach, E., & Corbella, M. (2009). Mercury mobility in mine waste from Hg-mining areas in Almería, Andalusia (Se Spain). Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 101(3), 236-246.; Mendoza, J. L., Navarro, A., & Cuitiño, L. (2006). Nueva interpretación metalogenética del yacimiento de mercurio del Valle del Azogue (Almería), España. In XI Congreso Geológico Chileno, Actas (Vol. 2).
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