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Sociedad Venezolana de Espeleologia
KAl7(NO3)4(OH)16Cl2 · 8H2O
Crystal System:
From SVE, the acronym for the Sociedad Venezolana de Espeleologia, whose members collected the original specimen.
This page provides mineralogical data about Sveite.

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Classification of SveiteHide

Approval Year:
First Published:

D : With OH (etc.) and H2O
Dana 7th ed.:

1 : Anhydrous Nitrates Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen

13 : Nitrates

Physical Properties of SveiteHide


Optical Data of SveiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.501 nβ = 1.503 nγ = 1.535
Calculated: 30°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.034
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
relatively strong

Chemical Properties of SveiteHide

KAl7(NO3)4(OH)16Cl2 · 8H2O

Crystallography of SveiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.89 Å, b = 13.04 Å, c = 30.71 Å
β = 92.1°
a:b:c = 0.835 : 1 : 2.355
Unit Cell V:
4,358.06 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of SveiteHide

Martini, J.E.J. (1980) Sveite, a new mineral from Autana Cave, Territorio Federal Amazonas, Venezuela. Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa: 83: 239-241.

Synonyms of SveiteHide

Other Language Names for SveiteHide


Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.ND.05LikasiteCu3(NO3)(OH)5 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.ND.10Mbobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 3H2OMon.
5.ND.15Hydrombobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 13-14H2OMon.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

13.1NitratineNaNO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
13.2NiterKNO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma
13.3GerhardtiteCu2(NO3)(OH)3Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
13.4NitromagnesiteMg(NO3)2 · 6H2OMon. 2/m
13.5NitrocalciteCa(NO3)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m
13.6NitrobariteBa(NO3)2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
13.7ButtgenbachiteCu19(NO3)2(OH)32Cl4 · 2H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
13.9DarapskiteNa3(SO4)(NO3) · H2OMon. 2/m
13.10HumberstoniteNa7K3Mg2(SO4)6(NO3)2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
13.11Mbobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 3H2OMon.
13.12Hydrombobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 13-14H2OMon.
13.13Nickelalumite(Ni,Cu)Al4(SO4,(NO3)2)(OH)12 · 3H2OMon.

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 SveiteHide

Reference List:
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Bol. Soc. Venezolano Espeleologia (1980): 21: 13-16.
Martini, J.E.J. (1980) Sveite, a new mineral from Autana Cave, Territorio Federal Amazonas, Venezuela. Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa: 83: 239-241.
Fleischer, M., Cabri, L.J., Chao, G.Y., Mandarino, J.A., Pabst, A. (1982) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 67: 1074-1082.

Internet Links for SveiteHide

Localities for SveiteHide

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.
  • California
    • San Joaquin Co.
      • San Joaquin Valley
OCCURRENCE AND PROPERTIES OF SVEITE IN THE NORTHEASTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA-- R. C. Graham, J. O. Ervin, and W. M. Graham in Clays and Clay Minerals, Vol. 36, No. 6, 580-583, 1988.
Venezuela (TL)
  • Amazonas
J.E.J. Martini, (1980) Sveite, a new mineral from Autana Cave, Territorio Federal Amazonas, Venezuela Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Africa, 83, 239-241.
Franco Urbani (2009) Venezuelan Cave Minerals: Second Review. Mineralogy 1 2009 ICS Proceedings. In 15th International Congress of Speleology. p 345
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