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Fluor-elbaite

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Formula:
Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Colour:
Blue-green
Lustre:
Vitreous
Crystal System:
Trigonal
Name:
For being the F-analogue of elbaite.
Tourmaline Group.

The F-dominant analogue of elbaite. Known for a long time, finally approved in 2011.


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Classification of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2011

Physical Properties of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Vitreous
Colour:
Blue-green
Streak:
White
Fracture:
Sub-Conchoidal

Optical Data of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Type:
Uniaxial (-)
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
O = green/bluish green, E = pale green

Chemical Properties of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Formula:
Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
IMA Formula:
Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F

Crystallography of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Crystal System:
Trigonal
Class (H-M):
3m - Ditrigonal Pyramidal
Space Group:
R3m
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.8933(2) Å, c = 7.1222(1) Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 0.448
Unit Cell V:
1558.02 ų
Z:
3

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
4.200 (57)
3.974 (66)
3.447 (99)
2.938 (100)
2.568 (93)
2.032(42)
1.649 (29)
1.445 (29)
Comments:
Indistinguishable from elbaite data.

Type Occurrence of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
The holotype specimen from the Cruzeiro mine is deposited in the collections of the Museum of Mineralogy, Earth Sciences Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy, catalogue number 33045.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Granitic pegmatite
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of Fluor-elbaiteHide

Other Language Names for Fluor-elbaiteHide

Relationship of Fluor-elbaite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
AdachiiteCaFe3Al6(Si5AlO18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
BosiiteNaFe3+3(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
Chromium-draviteNa(Mg3)Cr3+6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig.
Chromo-alumino-povondraiteNa(Cr3)(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
DarrellhenryiteNa(LiAl2)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)3O Trig. 3m : R3m
DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
FeruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-buergeriteNa(Fe3+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-draviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-feruviteCa(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-liddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-schorlNa(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-tsilaisiteNa(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Fluor-uviteCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3FTrig. 3m : R3m
Foitite(□,Na)(Fe2+2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OHTrig. 3m : R3m
LiddicoatiteCa(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
LucchesiiteCaFe2+3 Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
Luinaite-(OH)Na(Fe2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Mon. m : Bm
Magnesio-foitite(□,Na)(Mg2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig.
MaruyamaiteK(MgAl2)(Al5Mg)(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
OleniteNa(Al3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3(OH)Trig.
Oxy-chromium-draviteNa(Cr)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O Trig. 3m : R3m
Oxy-draviteNa(MgAl2)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
Oxy-foitite□(Fe2+Al2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Oxy-rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-schorlNa(Fe2+2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
Oxy-uviteCaMg3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-vanadium-draviteNa(V)3(V4Mg2)Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m : R3m
PovondraiteNaFe3+3(Mg2Fe3+4)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig.
Rossmanite☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
SchorlNa(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
TsilaisiteNa(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
UM2000-64-SiO:BFeHKMgK, Mg, Fe, Si, B, O, H
Unnamed (Pb-dominant Tourmaline)(Pb,Na)(Li,Al)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F,OH)
Uvite SeriesCa(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F/OH)Trig. 3m : R3m
Vanadio-oxy-chromium-draviteNa(V)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O Trig. 3m : R3m
Vanadio-oxy-draviteNaV3(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OTrig. 3m

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Apatite1 photo of Fluor-elbaite associated with Apatite on mindat.org.
Autunite1 photo of Fluor-elbaite associated with Autunite on mindat.org.
Beryl1 photo of Fluor-elbaite associated with Beryl on mindat.org.
Albite1 photo of Fluor-elbaite associated with Albite on mindat.org.
Fluorite1 photo of Fluor-elbaite associated with Fluorite on mindat.org.

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 Fluor-elbaiteHide

Reference List:
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HAWTHORNE, F. C. & HENRY, D. J. (1999): Classification of the minerals of the tourmaline group. Eur. J. Mineral. 11, 201-215. [original proposal of end-member (composition)]
Akizuki, M., Kuribayashi, T., Nagase, T., and Kitakaze, A. (2001) Triclinic liddicoatite and elbaite in growth sectors of tourmaline from Madagascar. American Mineralogist, 86, 364-369. [mentions fluor-elbaite in a sector in a non-trigonal "elbaite"; note: the locality given, "Jochy", is a misnomer]
Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V.; Frank-Kamenetskaya, O. V.; Zolotarev, A. A.; Bronzova, Yu. M.; Bannova, I. I. (2005): Refinement of the crystal structures of three fluorine-bearing elbaites. Crystallography Reports 50, 907-913.
A. Ertl, U. Kolitsch, H.-P. Meyer, T. Ludwig, C. L. Lengauer, L. Nasdala and E. Tillmanns (2009): Substitution mechanism in tourmalines of the “fluor-elbaite”-rossmanite series from Wolkenburg, Saxony, Germany. N. Jahrb. Mineral. Abh. 185, 51-61.
Natkaniec-Nowak, L., Dumańska-Słowik, M. & Ertl, A. (2009): “Watermelon” tourmaline from the Paprok mine (Nuristan, Afghanistan). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 186, 185-193.
Henry, D., Novák, M., Hawthorne, F.C., Ertl, A., Dutrow, B.L., Uher, P. & Pezzotta, F. (2011): Nomenclature of the tourmaline supergroup minerals. Am. Mineral., 96, 895-913.
Bosi, F., Andreozzi, G.B., Skogby, H., Lussier, A., Ball, N.A. and Hawthorne, F.C. (2011) Fluor-elbaite, IMA 2011-071. CNMNC Newsletter No. 11, December 2011, page 2891; Mineralogical Magazine, 75, 2887-2893.
Bosi, F., Andreozzi, G.B., Skogby, H., Lussier, A.J., Abdu, Y.A., Hawthorne, F.C. (2013): Fluor-elbaite, Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F, a new mineral species of the tourmaline supergroup. American Mineralogist, 98, 297–303.

Internet Links for Fluor-elbaiteHide

Localities for Fluor-elbaiteHide

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.
Afghanistan
 
  • Nuristan Province (Nurestan Province; Nooristan Province; Nuristan)
    • Kamdesh District
Natkaniec-Nowak, L., Dumańska-Słowik, M. & Ertl, A. (2009): “Watermelon” tourmaline from the Paprok mine (Nuristan, Afghanistan). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 186, 185-193.
Austria
 
  • Lower Austria
    • Wachau
      • Spitz
        • Miesling valley
Ertl, A., Schuster, R., Hughes, J.M., Ludwig, T., Meyer, H.-P., Finger, F., Dyar, M.D., Ruschel, K., Rossman, G.R., Klötzli, U., Brandstätter, F., Lengauer, C.L., Tillmanns, E. (2012): Li-bearing tourmalines in Variscan granitic pegmatites from the Moldanubian nappes, Lower Austria. European Journal of Mineralogy, 24, 695-715.
    • Waldviertel
      • Weinzierl am Walde
        • Maigen
Ertl, A., Schuster, R., Hughes, J.M., Ludwig, T., Meyer, H.-P., Finger, F., Dyar, M.D., Ruschel, K., Rossman, G.R., Klötzli, U., Brandstätter, F., Lengauer, C.L., Tillmanns, E. (2012): Li-bearing tourmalines in Variscan granitic pegmatites from the Moldanubian nappes, Lower Austria. European Journal of Mineralogy, 24, 695-715.
Brazil (TL)
 
  • Minas Gerais
    • Itinga
      • Monte Belo
Bosi, F., Andreozzi, G.B., Skogby, H., Lussier, A.J., Abdu, Y.A., Hawthorne, F.C. (2013): Fluor-elbaite, Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F, a new mineral species of the tourmaline supergroup. American Mineralogist, 98, 297–303.
      • Taquaral
        • Piauí valley
Luigi Chiappino specimen
    • São José da Safira
Dutrow, B. and Henry, D. J. (2000) Complexly zoned fibrous tourmaline: A record of evolving magmatic and hydrothermal fluids. Canadian Mineralogist, 38, 131-143; Bosi, F., Andreozzi, G.B., Skogby, H., Lussier, A.J., Abdu, Y.A., Hawthorne, F.C. (2013): Fluor-elbaite, Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F, a new mineral species of the tourmaline supergroup. American Mineralogist, 98, 297–303.
Canada
 
  • British Columbia
    • Revelstoke Mining Division
      • Revelstoke
DIXON,A., CEMPIREK, J. & GROAT, L.A. (2014) Mineralogy and geochemistry of pegmatites on Mount Begbie, British Columbia. Canadian Mineralogist 52, 129-164.; Dixon, A. (2014, October). Mount Begbie Pegmatite Group, British Columbia, Canada–evolution from Barren to Complex Rare-element Pegmatites. In 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Manitoba
    • Lac-du-Bonnet area
      • Bernic Lake
Selway, J. B.; Cerny, P.; Hawthorne, F. C.; Novak, M. (2000): The Tanco pegmatite at Bernic lake, Manitoba. XIV. Internal tourmaline. Canadian Mineralogist 38, 877-891.
  • Ontario
    • Kenora District
      • Pakeagama Lake Area
Andrew G. Tindle, Fred W. Breaks and Julie B. Selway (2002) Tourmaline in petalite-subtype granitic pegmatites; evidence of fractionation and contamination from the Paleagama Lake and Separation Lake areas of northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Canadian Mineralogist 40:753-78
      • Root Lake pegmatite group
        • Root Lake Area
Tindle, A. G., Selway, J. B. & Breaks, F. W. (2005): Liddicoatite and associated species from the McCombe spodumene-subtype rare-element granitic pegmatite, northwestern Ontario, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist 43, 769-793.
Tindle, A.G., Breaks, F.W., and Selway, J.B. (2002) Tourmaline in petalite-subtype gramitic pegmatites: evidence of fractionation and contamination from Pakeagama Lake and Separation Lake areas of northwestern Ontario, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist, 40, 753-788.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • South Bohemia Region
      • Český Krumlov
Novák, M., Ertl, A., Povondra, P., Vašinová Galiová, M., Rossman, G. R., Pristacz, H., ... & Škoda, R. (2013). Darrellhenryite, Na (LiAl2) Al6 (BO3) 3Si6O18 (OH) 3O, a new mineral from the tourmaline supergroup. American Mineralogist, 98(10), 1886-1892.
Germany
 
  • Saxony
    • Limbach-Oberfrohna
      • Pegmatite occurrences
A. Ertl, U. Kolitsch, H.-P. Meyer, T. Ludwig, C. L. Lengauer, L. Nasdala and E. Tillmanns (2009): Substitution mechanism in tourmalines of the “fluor-elbaite”-rossmanite series from Wolkenburg, Saxony, Germany. N. Jahrb. Mineral. Abh. 185, 51-61.
Italy
 
  • Tuscany
    • Livorno Province
      • Elba Island
        • Campo nell'Elba
          • San Piero in Campo
Bosi, F., Andreozzi, G.B., Agrosì, G. and Scandale (2015): Fluor-tsilaisite, NaMn3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F, a new tourmaline from San Piero in Campo (Elba, Italy) and new data on tsilaisitic tourmaline from the holotype specimen locality. Mineralogical Magazine. 79, 89-101
Japan
 
  • Kyushu Region
    • Fukuoka Prefecture
Yohei Shirose, Seiichiro Uehara (2013) Li tourmaline from Nagatare, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences Vol. 108 (2013) No. 4 August p. 238-243
Madagascar
 
  • Antananarivo Province
    • Vakinankaratra Region
      • Betafo District
        • Ambohimanambola Commune
Ertl, A., Hughes, J. M., Prowatke, S., Ludwig, T., Prasad, P. S. R., Brandstätter, F., Körner, W., Schuster, R., Pertlik, F. and Marschall, H. (2006): Tetrahedrally coordinated boron in tourmalines from the liddicoatite-elbaite series from Madagascar: Structure, chemistry, and infrared spectroscopic studies. Am. Mineral. 91, 1847-1856. [F-dominant]
      • Sahatany Pegmatite Field (Mt Ibity area)
        • Sahatany Valley
Buřival, Z. & Novàk, M. (2015): Hydrothermal replacement of garnet by tourmaline in elbaite subtype LCT pegmatites. In PEG 2015: 7th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites. 2015.
Mozambique
 
  • Zambezia Province
    • Alto Ligonha District
      • Muva
Yellow tourmaline from Muva, Simmons, W.B., Falster A.U. & Laurs, B.M. (2011): A survey of Mn-rich yellow tourmaline from worldwide localities and implications for the petrogenesis of granitic pegmatites. Canadian Mineralogist. 49: 301-319
Neiva, Ana M.R.; Leal Gomes, Carlos A.A. (2012): Tourmaline-group minerals in the Naipa Li-Cs-Ta granitic pegmatite group, Mozambique: tracers of magmatic to post-magmatic evolution trends. Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 189, 1-20.
Namibia
 
  • Erongo Region
    • Karibib District
      • Otjua Farm 37
G. Niedermayr & A. Ertl (unpublished crystal-structure refinement and SEM-EDS analysis, 2015)
Norway
 
  • Nordland
    • Meløy
      • Holandsfjord
Kolitsch, U., Andresen, P., Husdal, T. A., Ertl, A., Haugen, A., Ellingsen, H. V. and Larsen, A. O. (2013): Tourmaline-group minerals from Norway, part II: Occurrences of luinaite-(OH) in Tvedalen, Larvik and Porsgrunn, and fluor-liddicoatite, fluor-elbaite and fluor-schorl at Ågskardet, Nordland. Norsk Bergverksmuseet Skrift 50, 23-41.
Sweden
 
  • Södermanland
    • Haninge
      • Utö
        • Utö Mines
Selway, J. B.; Smeds, S.-A.; Černý, P.; Hawthorne, F. C. (2002): Compositional evolution of tourmaline in the petalite-subtype Nyköpingsgruvan pegmatites, Utö, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. GFF 124, 93-102
USA
 
  • California
    • San Diego Co.
      • Mesa Grande District
        • Gem Hill
Ertl, A., Rossman, G.R., Hughes, J.M., London, D., Wang, Y., O’Leary, J.A., Dyar, M.D., Prowatke, S., Ludwig, T. & Tillmanns, E. (2010): Tourmaline of the elbaite-schorl series from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California, U.S.A.: A detailed investigation. Am. Mineral., 95, 24-40.
  • Maine
    • Androscoggin Co.
      • Poland
Roda-Robles, E., Simmons, W., Pesquera, A., Gil-Crespo, P. P., Nizamoff, J., & Torres-Ruiz, J. (2015). Tourmaline as a petrogenetic monitor of the origin and evolution of the Berry-Havey pegmatite (Maine, USA). American Mineralogist, 100(1), 95-109.
Zambia
 
  • Eastern Province
    • Lundazi District
Simmons, W.B., Falster A.U. & Laurs, B.M. (2011): A survey of Mn-rich yellow tourmaline from worldwide localities and implications for the petrogenesis of granitic pegmatites. Canadian Mineralogist. 49: 301-319
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