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Taaffeite Group

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About Taaffeite GroupHide

This page provides mineralogical data about Taaffeite Group.

Relationship of Taaffeite Group to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
Högbomite Group
Magnesiobeltrandoite-2N3S(Mg6Al2)(Al18Fe3+2)O38(OH)2 Trig. 3m : P3m1
Nigerite Group
Zincovelesite-6N6SZn3(Fe3+,Mn3+,Al,Ti)8O15(OH)Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
Group Members:
Ferrotaaffeite-2N’2S Be(Fe,Mg,Zn)3Al8O16 Hex. 6mm : P63mc
Ferrotaaffeite-6N'3S (Be,Zn,Mg)FeAl4O8Trig.
Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S Mg3Al8BeO16Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m)
Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S2 Mg3BeAl8O16Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3m1
Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S Mg2BeAl6O12Trig.

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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.

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Localities for Taaffeite GroupHide

ⓘ - 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.
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • Enderby Land
      • Napier Complex
        • Casey Bay
          • Khmara Bay
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] PLEASE ADD REFERENCE
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Grew, E. S. (1981): Surinamite, taafeite and beryllian sapphirine from pegmatites in granulite-facies rocks of Casey Bay, Enderby Land, Antarctica. American Mineralogist, 66, 1022-1033
  • South Australia
    • Flinders Ranges
      • North Flinders Ranges
        • Arkaroola Region (Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary; Arkaroola Station)
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Mineralogical Magazine, 1980, 43:575-577.
    • North West Province
      • Musgrave Ranges
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] MM 1967, 305-10
  • Styria
    • Weiz
      • Stubenberg am See
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Bernhard, F. et al. (2008)
  • Hunan Province
    • Chenzhou Prefecture
      • Linwu Co.
[Ferrotaaffeite-2N’2S] Zhuming, Y., Kuishou, D., de Fourestier, J., Qian, M. and He, L. (2011): Ferrotaaffeite-2N’2S, IMA 2011-025. CNMNC Newsletter No. 10, October 2011, page 2554
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Huang et al. (1988): Hsianghualing rocks, mineral deposits and minerals. Beijing Sci. Techn. Publ. Bur. (Beijing), 255 pp.; AM 44 (1959), 1327; European Journal of Mineralogy 10 (1998), 1037; Michael O’Donoghue, Gems, Sixth edition (2006), p.457
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Yuzhou Li (1990): Geology and Prospecting 26(6), 29-35
      • Yizhang Co.
        • Dongpo ore field
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Shimou Chen, Hongchang Li, Ciguo Xie, and Shangjing Ai (1981): Geology and Prospecting 17(10), 15-21; Yuzhou Li (1990): Geology and Prospecting 26(6), 29-35; Huanzhang Tian (1982): Geology and Prospecting 18(11), 2-8; Zhijun Shen, Linglin Xie, and Zhengyu Quan (2003): Hunan Geology 22(1), 30-33, 63
  • Greenland
    • Northeast Greenland National Park
      • Dove Bugt
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Chadwick, B., Friend, C. R. L, George, M.C. and Perkins, W.T. (1993): A New Occurrence of Musgravite, a Rare Beryllium Oxide, in the Caledonides of North-East Greenland.Mineralogical Magazine. 57 : 121-129. ; Friend, C., George, M., & Perkins, W. (1993). A new occurrence of musgravite, a rare beryllium oxide, in the Caledonides of North-East Greenland. Mineralogical Magazine, 57, 121-129.
  • Southwestern Finland Region
    • Kemiö Island (Kimito Island)
[Ferrotaaffeite-6N'3S] Burke, E. A. J. and Lustenhouwer, W. J. (1981): Pehrmanite, a new beryllium mineral from Rosendal Pegmatite, Kemio Island, southwestern Finland. Canadian Mineralogist. 19, 311-314
  • Occitanie
    • Pyrénées-Orientales
      • Prats-de-Mollo-la Preste (Prats de Molló-la Presta)
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Dubru. M, (1986) Pétrologie et géochimie du marbre à brucite et des borates associés au gisement de tungstène de Costabonne, (Pyrénées orientales, France) 930p
  • Antananarivo Province
    • Vakinankaratra Region
      • Antsirabe II District
        • Mangarano Commune
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Ranorosoa, N. (1986): Etude mineralogique des pegmatites du champ de la Sahatany, Madagascar. These de Doctorat de l`Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse Toulouse 3, no. 86 TOU3 0210, Toulouse, 240 p.
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Ranorosoa, N. (1986): Etude mineralogique des pegmatites du champ de la Sahatany, Madagascar. These de Doctorat de l`Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse Toulouse 3, no. 86 TOU3 0210, Toulouse, 240 p.
  • Fianarantsoa Province
    • Ihorombe Region
      • Ihosy District
        • Mahasoa Commune
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Devouard, B. et al. (2002): Occurrence of musgravite in anorthite-corundum-spinel-sapphirine rocks ("sakenites") from South Madagascar : Evidence for a high-grade metasomatic event. 18th General Meeting of the IMA, Sept. 2002, Edinburgh, Scotland.
        • Sahambano Commune
  • Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division)
    • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
      • Mogok Township
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Harald Schillhammer collection
        • Kyatpyin North
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
        • Mogok Valley
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data, Sieghard Ellenberger specimens
Nina Daneu, Aleksander Rečnik, Takashi Yamazaki, Tadej Dolenec (2007) Structure and chemistry of (111) twin boundaries in MgAl2O4 spinel crystals from Mogok. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 34: 233-247
  • Karelia Republic
    • Ladoga Region
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Schmetzer (1983): Crystal chemistry of natural Be-Mg-Al-oxides: taaffeite, taprobanite, musgravite. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen: 146: 15-28.
Sri Lanka
  • Central Province
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Fernando, G. W. A. R., Attanayake, A. N. B., & Hofmeister, W. (2005, September). Corundum-spinel-taafeite-scheelite bearing metasomatites in Bakamuna, Sri Lanka: modeling its formation. In Gem materials and modern analytical methods” Proceedings of the International Symposium. Hanoi (pp. 117-122).
  • Sabaragamuwa Province
    • Ratnapura District
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Natural History Museum Vienna collection
      • Ratnapura
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Mineralogical Magazine(1951) 29, 765-772; Neues Jahrb.Min.,Abh.(1983) 146, 15-28
  • Värmland
    • Filipstad
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Kjell Gatedal; Nysten,P. & Gustafsson, L.(2006): I jakt på sällsynta mineral. Geologiskt forum nr 49, 22-25
  • Ruvuma Region
    • Tunduru District
[Magnesiotaaffeite-6N’3S] Schmetzer,k.,Krzemnicki,M.,Hanni,H.,Bernhardt,H., and Pettke, T., (2007) Gem-quality taaffeites and musgravites from Africa, Journal of Gemmology, 30(7/8), 367-382.
  • Virginia
    • Rockbridge Co.
[Magnesiotaaffeite-2N’2S] Minerals of Virginia 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
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