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Alflarsenite

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Formula:
NaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2O
Colour:
Colorless
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
4
Specific Gravity:
2.605 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Member of:
Name:
In honour of the Norwegian self-taught mineralogist, Alf Olav Larsen (1952-) for his extensive contributions to the mineralogy of the syenite pegmatites of the Larvik plutonic complex, Norway.
This page provides mineralogical data about Alflarsenite.


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Classification of AlflarseniteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2008
First Published:
2009
9.00.

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
0 :
0 :

Physical Properties of AlflarseniteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Colorless
Comment:
In aggregates the colour is very pale beige
Streak:
White
Hardness:
Hardness Data:
Estimated
Tenacity:
Very brittle
Cleavage:
None Observed
Parting:
Not observed
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
2.605 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of AlflarseniteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.578 nβ = 1.580 nγ = 1.583
2V:
Measured: 76° to 82°, Calculated: 79°
Birefringence:
Low,0.0005
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.005
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
Axial dispersion not observed

Chemical Properties of AlflarseniteHide

Formula:
NaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2O
IMA Formula:
NaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2O

Crystallography of AlflarseniteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2 - Sphenoidal
Space Group:
P21
Setting:
P21
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.123(2) Å, b = 19.856(5) Å, c = 9.800(2) Å
β = 111.03(2)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.359 : 1 : 0.494
Unit Cell V:
1291.4 ų
Morphology:
Bladed, flattened on (010) and elongate on [100]. Identified crystal forms are:
major pedions {010} and {010}, major pinacoid {001}, and minor pinacoid {201}.
Twinning:
Occurs on {001}

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
9.095 (100)
6.279 (42)
4.189 (32)
3.972 (76)
3.205 (37)
2.964 (70)
2.915 (92)
1.7820 (9)

Occurrences of AlflarseniteHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):
•  Syenite

Type Occurrence of AlflarseniteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Bladed crystals
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Holotype in the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo (catalogue number 42108). A small part of the holotype material is housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa (catalogue number CMNMC 86066).
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Syenitic pegmatite
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of AlflarseniteHide

Other Language Names for AlflarseniteHide

Relationship of Alflarsenite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
AmiciteK2Na2Al4Si4O16 · 5H2OMon. 2
Ammonioleucite(NH4,K)(AlSi2O6)Tet.
AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2OTric.
Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
Bellbergite(K,Ba,Sr)2Sr2Ca2(Ca,Na)4[Al3Si3O12]6 · 30H2OHex.
BikitaiteLiAlSi2O6 · H2OTric. 1 : P1
BoggsiteCa8Na3(Si,Al)96O192 · 70H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Imma
Brewsterite-Ba(Ba,Sr)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
Brewsterite-Sr(Sr,Ba,Ca)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
Chabazite-Levyne SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
ChiavenniteCaMnBe2Si5O13(OH)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
ClinoptiloliteNote on the distinguishing differences between clinoptilolite and heulandite (hhttp://rruff.
CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2OOrth.
Dachiardite-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2OMon.
Dachiardite-KK4(Si20Al4O48)·13H2OMon.
Dachiardite-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2OMon.
DirenzoiteNaK6MgCa2(Al13Si47O120) · 36H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmn
EdingtoniteBa[Al2Si3O10] · 4H2O
EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2OMon.
ErioniteThis name now refers to a group of related minerals.
Faujasite SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
FerrieriteZeolite Group.
FerrochiavenniteCa1-2Fe[(Si,Al,Be)5Be2O13(OH)2] · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
Flörkeite(K3Ca2Na)[Al8Si8O32] · 12H2OTric. 1 : P1
Garronite-CaNa2Ca5Al12Si20O64 · 27H2OTet. 4 2m : I4m2
GaultiteNa4Zn2Si7O18 · 5H2OOrth. mm2 : Fdd2
Gismondine-BaBa2Al4Si4O16 · 4-6H2O
Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
GmeliniteIn 1997, gmelinite was split into Gmelinite-Ca, Gmelinite-Na and Gmelinite-K.
GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2OOrth.
GoosecreekiteCa[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2OMon.
GottardiiteNa3Mg3Ca5Al19Si117O272 · 93H2OOrth.
Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
HeulanditeNote on the distinguishing differences between heulandite and clinoptilolite (http://rruff.
HsianghualiteCa3Li2(Be3Si3O12)F2
KirchhoffiteCs(BSi2O6)Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
LovdariteK2Na6Be4Si14O36 · 9H2OOrth. mm2
MaricopaitePb7Ca2(Si,Al)48O100 · 32H2OOrth.
Mazzite-Mg(Mg,K,Ca)5(Si26Al10)O72 · 28H2OHex.
Mazzite-NaNa8[Al4Si14O36]2 · 30H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
Merlinoite(K,Na)5(Ca,Ba)2Al9Si23O64 · 23H2OOrth.
Montesommaite(K,Na)9Al9Si23O64 · 10H2OOrth.
Mordenite(Na2,Ca,K2)Al2Si10O24 · 7H2OOrth.
MutinaiteNa3Ca4Si85Al11O192 · 60H2OOrth.
NabesiteNa2BeSi4O10 · 4H2OOrth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
Natrolite SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
OffretiteKCaMg(Si13Al5)O36 · 15H2OHex. 6 m2 : P6m2
PahasapaiteLi8(Ca,Li,K)10.5Be24(PO4)24 · 38H2OIso. 2 3 : I2 3
ParthéiteCa2(Si4Al4) O15 (OH)2•4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
Paulingite-Ca(Ca,K,Na,Ba,◻)10 (Si, Al)42O84•34H2OIso.
Paulingite-K(K2,Ca,Na2,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2OIso.
Paulingite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2OIso.
PerlialiteK9Na(Ca,Sr)[Al2Si4O12]6 · 15H2OHex.
PhillipsiteZeolite Group.
Pollucite(Cs,Na)2(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2OIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
RoggianiteCa2Be(OH)2Al2Si4O13 · 2.5H2OTet.
StelleriteCa4(Si28Al8)O72 · 28H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fmmm
Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
Stilbite-Na(Na,Ca,K)6-7[Al8Si28O72] · nH2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
Terranovaite(Na,Ca)8(Si68Al12)O160 · 29H2OOrth.
Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
Thomsonite-SrNa(Sr,Ca)2[Al5Si5O20] · 7H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
Tschernichite(Ca,Na2)[Al2Si4O12] · 4-8H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mmm
TschörtneriteCa4(Ca,Sr,K,Ba)3Cu3[(OH)2|Al3Si3O12]4 · nH2OIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
WairakiteCa(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2OMon. 2/m
WeinebeneiteCaBe3(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon.
Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(SO4)3|(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2] · 0.5H2OHex.
WillhendersoniteKCa[Al3Si3O12] · 5H2OTric.
YugawaraliteCaAl2Si6O16 · 4H2OMon.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Calcite2 photos of Alflarsenite associated with Calcite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.00.Clino-ferri-holmquistite◻{Li2}{Mg3Fe3+2}(Si8O22)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
9.00.Shkatulkalita
9.00.YegoroviteNa4[Si4O8(OH)4] · 7H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.00.FerroericssoniteBaFe2+2 Fe3+(Si2O7)O(OH) Mon. 2/m : B2/m
9.00.Ferrisepiolite(Fe3+,Fe2+,Mg)4((Si,Fe3+)6O15)(O,OH)2 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.00.ZvyaginiteNaZnNb2Ti[Si2O7]20(OH,F)3(H2O)4 + (x < 1)Tric. 1 : P1
9.00.BurnettiteCaVAlSiO6Mon. 2/m : B2/b
9.00.MendigiteMn2Mn2MnCa(Si3O9)2Tric. 1 : P1
9.00.20Rinkite-(Ce)(Ca3Ce)Na(NaCa)Ti(Si2O7)2(OF)F2Mon.

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 AlflarseniteHide

Reference List:
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Raade, G., Grice, J.D., Cooper, M.A. (2009): Alflarsenite, a new beryllium-silicate zeolite from a syenitic pegmatite in the Larvik plutonic complex, Oslo Region, Norway. European Journal of Mineralogy, 21, 893-900.
Grice, J.D., Raade, G., Cooper, M.A. (2010): Alflarsenite: Structure and relationship to other Be-Si and zeolite framework structures. Canadian Mineralogist, 48, 255-266.

Internet Links for AlflarseniteHide

Localities for AlflarseniteHide

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.
Norway (TL)
 
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Tvedalen
Raade, G., Grice, J.D., Cooper, M.A. (2009): Alflarsenite, a new beryllium-silicate zeolite from a syenitic pegmatite in the Larvik plutonic complex, Oslo Region, Norway. European Journal of Mineralogy, 21, 893-900
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