Log InRegister
Home PageAbout MindatThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusWho We AreContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatCorporate SponsorshipSponsor a PageSponsored PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on Mindat
Learning CenterWhat is a mineral?The most common minerals on earthInformation for EducatorsMindat Articles
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryAdvanced Locality SearchRandom MineralRandom LocalitySearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
Mining CompaniesStatisticsThe ElementsUsersBooks & MagazinesMineral MuseumsMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery


This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
Hide all sections | Show all sections

About AcmonidesiteHide

Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Name is from Acmonides (from the Greek Ακμωνιδης), cited by Ovidius as one of the Cyclops, who were helpers of Hephaistos, the mythological god of fire whose forge was alleged to be located at Vulcano.
This page provides mineralogical data about Acmonidesite.

Classification of AcmonidesiteHide

Approved, Pending publication
Approval Year:

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
A : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) without additional anions, without H2O
C : With medium-sized and large cations

Physical Properties of AcmonidesiteHide

light brown
None Observed
None observed
2.56 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.551 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of AcmonidesiteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.580(2) nβ = 1.590(2) nγ = 1.635(2)
Measured: 53° (3), Calculated: 51.6°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.055
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Dispersion could not be observed because of the intense brown color of the mineral

Chemical Properties of AcmonidesiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of AcmonidesiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2 2 2 - Disphenoidal
Space Group:
C2 2 21
C2 2 21
Cell Parameters:
a = 9.841(1) Å, b = 19.448(3) Å, c = 17.847(3) Å
a:b:c = 0.506 : 1 : 0.918
Unit Cell V:
3,415.70 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
From Type Description.

Occurrences of AcmonidesiteHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):
•  Fumarolic

Type Occurrence of AcmonidesiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Prismatic crystals to 0.1mm
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Type material is deposited in the Reference Collection of the Dipartimento di Chimica, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, sample number 2013-02
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of AcmonidesiteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

7.AC.Aluminopyracmonite(NH4)3Al(SO4)3Trig. 3 : R3
7.AC.05VanthoffiteNa6Mg(SO4)4Mon. 2/m : P21/b
7.AC.08Pyracmonite(NH4)3Fe(SO4)3Trig. 3m : R3c
7.AC.10LangbeiniteK2Mg2(SO4)3Iso. 2 3 : P21 3
7.AC.10ManganolangbeiniteK2Mn2(SO4)3Iso. 2 3 : P21 3
7.AC.15YavapaiiteKFe(SO4)2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
7.AC.15EldfelliteNaFe3+(SO4)2Mon. 2/m : B2/m
7.AC.20Godovikovite(NH4)Al(SO4)2Trig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
7.AC.20Sabieite(NH4)Fe3+(SO4)2Trig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
7.AC.25ThénarditeNa2SO4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fddd
7.AC.30MetathénarditeNa2SO4Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc

Fluorescence of AcmonidesiteHide

None observed

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 AcmonidesiteHide

Reference List:
Sort by Year (asc) | by Year (desc) | by Author (A-Z) | by Author (Z-A)
Demartin, F., Campostrini, I. and Castellano, C. (2013) Acmonidesite, IMA 2013- 068. CNMNC Newsletter No. 18, December 2013, page 3250; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 3249-3258.
Williams P A, Hatert F, Pasero M, Mills S J (2013) IMA Commission on new minerals, nomenclature and classification (CNMNC) Newsletter 18. New minerals and nomenclature modifications approved in 2013. Mineralogical Magazine 77, 3249-3258
Demartin, F., Castellano, C., & Campostrini, I. (2018). Acmonidesite, a new ammonium sulfate chloride from La Fossa Crater, Vulcano, Aeolian Islands, Italy. Mineralogical Magazine, 1-18.

Internet Links for AcmonidesiteHide

Localities for AcmonidesiteHide

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.
Italy (TL)
  • Sicily
    • Messina Province
      • Eolie Islands (Aeolian Islands)
        • Lipari
          • Vulcano Island
Demartin, F., Campostrini, I. and Castellano, C. (2013) Acmonidesite, IMA 2013- 068. CNMNC Newsletter No. 18, December 2013, page 3250; Mineralogical Magazine, 77, 3249-3258.
Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Public Relations by Blytheweigh.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2019, except where stated. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: March 18, 2019 16:13:32 Page generated: March 11, 2019 16:20:29
Go to top of page