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Alunite Group

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About Alunite GroupHide

A subgroup of the Alunite Supergroup.
The most common member is jarosite.

See also the Plumbogummite Group and Beudantite Group.


Synonyms of Alunite GroupHide

Relationship of Alunite Group to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
Beudantite GroupAM3(XO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Dussertite GroupComprises arsenate members of Ca, Sr, Ba and Pb.
Plumbogummite GroupA subgroup of the Alunite Supergroup.
Unnamed (Ba-Fe Vanadate)Ba, Fe, V, O, H
Group Members:
Alunite KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
Ammonioalunite (NH4)Al3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig.
Ammoniojarosite (NH4)Fe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
Argentojarosite AgFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
Beaverite-(Cu) Pb(Fe3+2Cu)(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Beaverite-(Zn) Pb(Fe3+2Zn)(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Dorallcharite TlFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Huangite Ca0.5Al3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig.
Hydroniumjarosite (H3O)Fe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Jarosite KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Natroalunite NaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
Natroalunite-2c (Na,Ca0.5,K)Al3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Natrojarosite NaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
Osarizawaite Pb(Al2Cu2+)(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Plumbojarosite Pb0.5Fe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Schlossmacherite (H3O)Al3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig.
Walthierite Ba0.5Al3(SO4)2(OH)6Trig.

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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.

Alunite Group in petrologyHide

An essential component of rock names highlighted in red, an accessory component in rock names highlighted in green.

References for Alunite GroupHide

Reference List:
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Scott, K.M. (1987) Solid solution in, and classification of, gossan-derived members of the alunite-jarosite family, northwest Queensland, Australia. American Mineralogist, 72, 178-187.
Kolitsch, U. and Pring, A. (2001) Crystal chemistry of the crandallite, beudantite and alunite groups: a review and evaluation of the suitability as storage materials for toxic metals. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences, 96, 67-78.
Drouet, C. and Navrotsky, A. (2003) Synthesis, characterization, and thermochemistry of K-Na-H3O jarosites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 67: 2063-2076.
Bayliss, P., Kolitsch, U., Nickel, E.H., and Pring, A. (2010) Alunite supergroup: recommended nomenclature. Mineral. Mag. 74, 919-927.
Majzlan, J., Glasnák, P., Fisher, R.A., White, M.A., Johnson, M.B., Woodfield, B. and Boerio-Goates, J. (2010) Heat capacity, entropy, and magnetic properties of jarosite-group compounds. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 37, 635-651.
Maubec, N., Lahfid, A., Lerouge, C., Wille, G., and Michel, K. (2012) Characterization of alunite supergroup minerals by Raman spectroscopy. Spectrochimica Acta A, 96, 925-939.
Scarlett, N.V.Y., Grey, I.E., and Brand, H.E.A. (2013): In situ synchrotron diffraction studies on the formation kinetics of jarosites. J. Synchrotron Rad. 20, 366-375.

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Localities for Alunite GroupHide

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