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The general formula: Ca(V,Sc,Ti,Mg,Al)AlSiO6
Crystal System:
in honour of Donald S. Burnett, cosmochemist at the California Institute of Technology
Pyroxene group. The V analogue of davisite (Sc), esseneite (Fe3+), grossmanite (Ti3+), and kushiroite (Al). Contains both trivalent and tervalent titanium admixture. A complete solid solution with grossmanite and davisite is possible.

Known as a synthetic phase - Ca(V,Al)AlSiO6.

Chemically somewhat similar to beckettite and mukhinite.

A new refractory phase in a Ca-Al-rich inclusion (CAI); formed rather in reducing conditions.

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Classification of BurnettiteHide

Approval Year:

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
0 :
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Chemical Properties of BurnettiteHide


The general formula: Ca(V,Sc,Ti,Mg,Al)AlSiO6
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of BurnettiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.80 Å, b = 8.85 Å, c = 5.36 Å Å
a:b:c = 1.107 : 1 : 0.606

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Unit Cell V:
0.00 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
From Type Description.

Type Occurrence of BurnettiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Type material is deposited in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA, registration number USNM 7617

Synonyms of BurnettiteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.00.Clino-ferri-holmquistite◻{Li2}{Mg3Fe3+2}(Si8O22)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
9.00.AlflarseniteNaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2OMon. 2 : P21
9.00.YegoroviteNa4[Si4O8(OH)4] · 7H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.00.FerroericssoniteBaFe2+2 Fe3+(Si2O7)O(OH) Mon. 2/m : B2/m
9.00.Ferrisepiolite(Fe3+,Fe2+,Mg)4((Si,Fe3+)6O15)(O,OH)2 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
9.00.ZvyaginiteNaZnNb2Ti[Si2O7]20(OH,F)3(H2O)4 + (x < 1)Tric. 1 : P1
9.00.MendigiteMn2Mn2MnCa(Si3O9)2Tric. 1 : P1

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 BurnettiteHide

Reference List:
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Ma, C. (2013) Burnettite, IMA 2013-054. CNMNC Newsletter No. 17, October 2013, page 3002; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 2997-3005.
Ma, C., and Beckett, J.R. (2015): Burnettite, CaVAlSiO6, and paqueite, Ca3TiSi2(Al2Ti)O14, two new minerals from allende: clues to the evolution of a V-rich Ca-Al-rich inclusion. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference: pdf no. 1595 (2 pages).

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Localities for BurnettiteHide

ⓘ - 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.
Mexico (TL)
  • Chihuahua
    • Pueblito de Allende
Ma, C. (2013) Burnettite, IMA 2013-054. CNMNC Newsletter No. 17, October 2013, page 3002; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 2997-3005. ; Ma, C., Paque, J., & Tschauner, O. (2016, March). Discovery of Beckettite, Ca2V6Al6O20, a New Alteration Mineral in a V-Rich Ca-Al-Rich Inclusion from Allende. In Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (Vol. 47, p. 1704).
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