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About Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Y4Al(CO3)2(OH)10F · 6H2O
Specific Gravity:
2.810 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in 2011 by C. Biagioni, E. Bonaccorsi, F. Cámara, M. Cadoni, M. E. Ciriotti, D. Bersani and U. Kolitsch for the type locality and the Levinson suffix for its Y content.
This page provides mineralogical data about Lusernaite-(Y).

Classification of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Approval Year:

Physical Properties of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

perfect {010} and another probable on {100}
2.810 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Biaxial (+)
alpha index could not be measured. Low 2V value.

Chemical Properties of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Y4Al(CO3)2(OH)10F · 6H2O
IMA Formula:
Y4Al(CO3)2(OH,F)11 · 6H2O

Crystallography of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.839(2) Å, b = 11.023(2) Å, c = 11.383(2) Å
a:b:c = 0.711 : 1 : 1.033
Unit Cell V:
983.60 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
New structure type

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
11.02 (100)
7.90 (49)
6.41 (15)
5.66 (25)
5.06 (24)
4.258 (33)
3.195 (27)
3.095 (21)

Type Occurrence of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

General Appearance of Type Material:
thin platelets with a rough hexagonal outline.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Museo di Storia Naturale e del Territorio, Università di Pisa, Calci (Pisa), Italy, catalogue number 19445, and the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Turin, Italy, catalogue number 15901
Geological Setting of Type Material:
late stage fractures in orthogneiss
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

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 Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

Reference List:
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Biagioni, C., Bonaccorsi, E., Cámara, F., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M.E., Bersani, D., Kolitsch, U. (2012) Lusernaite-(Y), IMA 2011-108. CNMNC Newsletter No. 13, June 2012, page 811. Mineralogical Magazine: 76: 807-817.
Biagioni, C., Bonaccorsi, E., Cámara, F., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M.E., Bersani, D., Kolitsch, U. (2012) Lusernaite-(Y), Y4Al(CO3)2(OH)10F∙6H2O, a new mineral from Piedmont, Italy. M&M7, 7th Intern. Conf. on Mineralogy & Museums, Dresden, Germany, August 27 - 29, 2012: Program and Abstracts Volume: 85-86.
Biagioni, C., Bonaccorsi, E., Cámara, F., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M. E., Bersani, D., Kolitsch, U. (2013) Lusernaite-(Y), Y4Al (CO3)2(OH, F)11·6H2O, a new mineral species from Luserna Valley, Piedmont, Italy: Description and crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 98(7): 1322-1329.

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Localities for Lusernaite-(Y)Hide

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.
  • Piedmont
    • Cuneo Province
      • Bagnolo Piemonte
Giuseppe Finello 06/2012 - Confirmed by SEM EDS and SXRD
    • Torino Province
      • Pellice Valley
        • Luserna Valley
          • Luserna Stone Quarries
Biagioni, C., Bonaccorsi, E., Cámara, F., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M.E., Bersani, D., Kolitsch, U. (2012) Lusernaite-(Y), IMA 2011-108. CNMNC Newsletter No. 13, June 2012, page 811; Mineralogical Magazine, 76, 807-817.
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