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Fernando Cámara
Orange-red to brownish-red
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named by E. Sokolova, Y. Abdu, F.C. Hawthorne, A.V. Stepanov, B.K. Bekenova, P.E. Kotel'nikov in 2009 in honor of Fernando Cámara (24 May 1967, Melilla, Spain - ) mineralogist, crystallographer, and professor at the University of Milan. He has a special interest in Ti-silicate minerals, amphiboles, and arrojadite- and cancrinite-group minerals.
Closely related to jinshajiangite and bafertisite.

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Classification of CámaraiteHide

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Physical Properties of CámaraiteHide

Orange-red to brownish-red
Paler than bafertisite
Pale yellow
<5 (less than bafertisite)
None observed
3.871 g/cm3 (Measured)    4.018 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Measured is less than calculated because of intergrowths

Optical Data of CámaraiteHide

Biaxial (+)
X = light brown, Y = reddish-brown, Z = yellow-brown, with Z < X < Y

Chemical Properties of CámaraiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of CámaraiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
1 - Pedial
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.6965(7) Å, b = 21.478(2) Å, c = 21.478(2) Å
α = 99.345(1)°, β = 92.315(2)°, γ = 89.993(2)°
a:b:c = 0.498 : 1 : 1
Unit Cell V:
4,864.78 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
None observed
Non-standard space group C-1.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
3.825 Å(30)
3.394 Å(50)
3.182 Å(50)
2.869 Å(40)
2.788 Å(90)
2.629 Å(100)
2.101 Å(50)
1.721 Å(70)

Type Occurrence of CámaraiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Platey crystals to 15x8mm and star-shaped aggregates of crystals with different
orientations, on fracture surfaces as intergrowths with jinshajiangite and bafertisite.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Moscow, Russia (catalog no. 3828/1 and 3
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of CámaraiteHide

Relationship of Cámaraite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
BusseniteNa2Ba2Fe2+Ti(Si2O7)(CO3)(OH)3FTric. 1 : P1
HejtmaniteBa2(Mn2+,Fe2+)4Ti2(Si2O7)2O2(OH)2F2Tric. 1
JinshajiangiteBaNaFe2+4Ti2(Si2O7)2O2(OH)2FTric. 1 : P1
PerraultiteBaNaMn2+4Ti2(Si2O7)2O2(OH)2FMon. 2/m : B2/m
SurkhobiteNaCaBa2Mn8Ti4(Si2O7)4O5F5Mon. 2 : B2
YoshimuraiteBa2Mn2Ti(Si2O7)(PO4)O(OH)Tric. 1 : P1

Fluorescence of CámaraiteHide

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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 CámaraiteHide

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Williams, P.A., Hatert, F., Pasero, M. (2009) New minerals approved in 2009. in International Mineralogical Association, 1-34.
Sokolova, E., Abdu, Y., Hawthorne, F.C., Stepanov, A.V., Bekenova, G.K., Kotel'nikov, P.E. (2009) Cámaraite, Ba3NaTi4(Fe2+,Mn)8(Si2O7)4O4(OH,F)7. I. A new Ti-silicate mineral from the Verkhnee Espe Deposit, Akjailyautas Mountains, Kazakhstan. Mineralogical Magazine: 73: 847-854.
Cámara, F., Sokolova, E., Nieto, F. (2009) Cámaraite, Ba3NaTi4(Fe2+,Mn)8(Si2O7)4O4(OH,F)7. II. The crystal structure and crystal chemistry of a new group-II Ti-disilicate mineral. Mineralogical Magazine: 73: 855-870.
Piilonen, P.C., Poirier, G. (2010) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 95: 1357-1361.
Sokolova, E. & Camara, F. (2017): The seidozerite supergroup of TS-block minerals: nomenclature and classification, with change of the following names: rinkite to rinkite-(Ce), mosandrite to mosandrite-(Ce), hainite to hainite-(Y) and innelite-1T to innelite-1A. Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 1457–1484

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Localities for CámaraiteHide

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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.
Kazakhstan (TL)
  • East Kazakhstan
    • Tarbagatai Range
      • Akzhaylyautas Mts (Akzhailyautas Mts; Akjaylautas Mts; Akzhalautas Mts)
IMA Approvals - May 2009 Sokolova, E., Y. Abdu, F.C. Hawthorne, A.V. Stepanov, G.K. Bekenova, and P.E. Kotel’nikov (2009) Cámaraite, Ba3NaTi4(Fe2+,Mn)8(Si2O7)4O4(OH,F)7. I. A new Ti-silicate mineral from the Verkhnee Espe Deposit, Akjailyautas Mountains, Kazakhstan. Mineralogical Magazine, 73, 847–854.; Sokolova, E., Abdu, Y., Hawthorne, F. C., Stepanov, A. V., Bekenova, G. K., & Kotel’nikov, P. E. (2009). Camaraite, Ba3NaTi4 (Fe2+, Mn) 8 (Si2O7) 4O4 (OH, F) 7. I. A new Ti-silicate mineral from the Verkhnee Espe Deposit, Akjailyautas Mountains, Kazakhstan.
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