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About ShcherbinaiteHide

Yellow-green, golden-yellow
3 - 3½
Specific Gravity:
3.38 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named after Vladimir Vital'evich Shcherbina (1907-1978), Russian geochemist and mineralogist. He was a student of Alexander Fersman. In 1931, he led a team from the USSR Academy of Sciences in the mineralogical examination of the Lovozero Massif.
This page provides mineralogical data about Shcherbinaite.

Classification of ShcherbinaiteHide


4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
H : V[5,6] Vanadates
E : Phyllovanadates

6 : Miscellaneous

Physical Properties of ShcherbinaiteHide

Yellow-green, golden-yellow
3 - 3½ on Mohs scale
Two perfect {010} and {001}
3.38 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of ShcherbinaiteHide

marked to extreme

Chemical Properties of ShcherbinaiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of ShcherbinaiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.51 Å, b = 3.55 Å, c = 4.37 Å
a:b:c = 3.242 : 1 : 1.231
Unit Cell V:
178.56 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Needles and laths to 1cm.
Contact twins {031}

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
5.726 (22)
4.339 (100)
4.067 (28)
3.411 (28)
2.883 (50)
2.760 (22)
2.176 (24)

Type Occurrence of ShcherbinaiteHide

Synonyms of ShcherbinaiteHide

Other Language Names for ShcherbinaiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Markhininite1 photo of Shcherbinaite associated with Markhininite on mindat.org.
Pauflerite1 photo of Shcherbinaite associated with Pauflerite on mindat.org.
Gypsum1 photo of Shcherbinaite associated with Gypsum on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.HE.05MelanovanaditeCa(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2OTric. 1 : P1
4.HE.15HewettiteCaV6O16 · 9H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
4.HE.15MetahewettiteCaV6O16 · 3H2OMon. 2/m
4.HE.20BarianditeAl0.6(V5+,V4+)8O20 · 9H2OMon.
4.HE.20Bokite(Al,Fe3+)1.3(V5+,V4+,Fe3+)8O20 · 7.4H2OMon.
4.HE.20Corvusite(Na,K,Ca,Mg)2(V5+,V4+,Fe2+)8O20 · 6-10H2OMon.
4.HE.20Fernandinite(Ca,K)(V5+,V4+,Fe2+)8O20 · 10H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
4.HE.20Straczekite(Ca,K,Ba)(V5+,V4+)8O20 · 3H2OMon.
4.HE.30DoloresiteV4+3O4(OH)4Mon. 2/m
4.HE.35DuttoniteV4+O(OH)2Mon. 2/m
4.HE.40CavoiteCaV4+3O7Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

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 ShcherbinaiteHide

Reference List:
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American Mineralogist (1973) 58: 560.
Acta Crystallographica: C42: 1467-1469.
Hughes, J. M., & Finger, L. W. (1983) The crystal chemistry of shcherbinaite, naturally occurring V 2 O 5. American Mineralogist, 68(11-12), 1220-1222.
American Mineralogist (1990) 75: 508-521.

Internet Links for ShcherbinaiteHide

Localities for ShcherbinaiteHide

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.
El Salvador
  • Sonsonate Department
http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/central_america/el_salvador/izalco/fumar.html; Amer.Min.(1983) 68, 634-641 ; Hughes, J. M., & Finger, L. W. (1983). The crystal chemistry of shcherbinaite, naturally occurring V 2 O 5. American Mineralogist, 68(11-12), 1220-1222.
  • North Ostrobothnia
    • Raahe
Sergeeva, N. E., Eremin, N. I., & Dergachev, A. L. (2011, February). Vanadium mineralization in ore of the Vihanti massive sulfide base-metal deposit, Finland. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 436, No. 2, pp. 210-212). SP MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.
  • Thuringia
    • Gera
      • Ronneburg U deposit
XRD and SEM-EDX analysis (T. Witzke)
  • Jalisco
    • Colima volcanic complex
Ostrooumov, M. and Taran, Y. (2015): Discovery of Native Vanadium, a New Mineral from the Colima Volcano, State of Colima (Mexico). Revista de la Sociedad Española de Mineralogía, 20, 109-110.
Russia (TL)
  • Kamchatka Krai
    • Bezymyannyi Volcano
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Glavatskikh, S. F. (1982). Shcherbinaite From A Gas-Seepage Zone In Volcanic Rocks Of The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption, Kamchatka1. In Doklady: Earth science sections (Vol. 262, p. 157). American Geological Institute
      • Great Fissure eruption (Main Fracture)
        • Northern Breakthrough (North Breach)
Pavel M. Kartashov data; Siidra, O. I., Vergasova, L. P., Kretser, Y. L., Polekhovsky, Y. S., Filatov, S. K., & Krivovichev, S. V. (2014). Unique thallium mineralization in the fumaroles of Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. III. Evdokimovite, Tl4 (VO) 3 (SO4) 5 (H2O) 5. Mineralogical Magazine, 78(7), 1711-1724.
E.Yu. Bykova and P.M. Kartashov data
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