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This page provides mineralogical data about Wassonite.

Classification of Wassonite

Approval Year:

Physical Properties of Wassonite

4.452 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Chemical Properties of Wassonite

Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Wassonite

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
3m (3 2/m) - Hexagonal Scalenohedral
Space Group:
Space Group Setting:
Cell Parameters:
a = 3.42(7) Å, c = 26.50(56) Å
a:c = 1 : 7.749
Unit Cell Volume:
V 268.43 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of Wassonite

Geological Setting of Type Material:
barred olivine (BO) chondrule in enstatite chondrite meteorite.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Names for Wassonite

Name in Other Languages:

Other Information

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 Wassonite

Reference List:
Nakamura-Messenger, K., Clemett, S.J., Rubin, A., Choi, B.-G., Keller, L.P., Zhang,
S., Rahman, Z. and Oikawa, K. (2011) Wassoni t e , IMA 2010-074. CNMNC Newsletter No. 8, April 2011, page 293; Mineralogical Magazine, 75, 289294.

Nakamura-Messenger, K., Clemett, S. J., Rubin, A. E., Choi, B. G., Zhang, S., Rahman, Z., ... & Keller, L. P. (2012). Wassonite: A new titanium monosulfide mineral in the Yamato 691 enstatite chondrite. American Mineralogist, 97(5-6), 807-815.

Nakamura-Messenger, K., Keller, L. P., Messenger, S., Rubin, A. E., Choi, B. G., Petaev, M. I., ... & Oikawa, K. (2011). The Formation of Wassonite: A New Titanium Monosulfide Mineral in the Yamato 691 Enstatite Chondrite.

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Localities for Wassonite

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.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Antarctica (TL)
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • Queen Maud Land (Dronning Maud Land)
      • Queen Fabiola Mts (Yamato Mts); Nakamura-Messenger et al., (2011) The Formation of Wassonite: A New Titanium Monosulfide Mineral in the Yamato 691 Enstatite Chondrite: Workshop on Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System: LPI Contribution No. 1639, p. 9091. (Nov 2011)
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