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Y4Al(CO3)2(OH)10F · 6H2O
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)

Approval Year:

Physical Properties of Lusernaite-(Y)

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

Optical Data of Lusernaite-(Y)

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

Chemical Properties of Lusernaite-(Y)

IMA Formula:
Y4Al(CO3)2(OH)10F · 6H2O
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Lusernaite-(Y)

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Space Group Setting:
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 Volume:
V 983.60 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
New structure type
X-Ray 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)

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

Other Names for Lusernaite-(Y)

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 Lusernaite-(Y)

Reference List:
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)

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.
  • 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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