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Gatewayite

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Formula:
Ca6(As3+V4+3 V5+9As5+6O51)·31H2O
Colour:
Very dark greenish blue
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
2
Specific Gravity:
2.34
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named for the Gateway mining district that includes the type locality. Gateway is also the nearest town to the Packrat mine.
Related to vanarsite and packratite. The other polyoxometalate from the same site is, e.g., kegginite.


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Classification of GatewayiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2015
First Published:
2016

Physical Properties of GatewayiteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
Very dark greenish blue
Streak:
Grayish blue
Hardness:
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Imperfect/Fair
{010} and {101} fair
Density:
2.34(2) g/cm3 (Measured)    2.337 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of GatewayiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.621(1) nβ = 1.654(5) nγ = 1.668(5)
2V:
Measured: 65.9° (9), Calculated: 65.0°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.047
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
Extreme
Comments:
X pale olive green, Y medium greenish blue, Z dark greenish blue; X < < Y < Z
Comments:
Y = b, X^a ≈ 30° in obtuse β

Chemical Properties of GatewayiteHide

Formula:
Ca6(As3+V4+3 V5+9As5+6O51)·31H2O
IMA Formula:
Ca6(As3+V4+3V5+9As5+6O51) · 31H2O

Crystallography of GatewayiteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2 - Sphenoidal
Space Group:
P21
Setting:
P21
Cell Parameters:
a = 11.1850(4) Å, b = 16.8528(4) Å, c = 20.7146(15) Å
β = 91.166(6)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.664 : 1 : 1.229
Unit Cell V:
3903.9 ų
Z:
2
Morphology:
Blades, more or less flattened on {101} and elongated on [010].

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
13.16Å(47)
11.13Å(8)
9.70Å(100)
3.246Å(9)
2.953Å(9)
2.866Å(14)
2.810Å(17)
2.758Å(9)

Geological EnvironmentHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):
•  Oxidation

Type Occurrence of GatewayiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Blades up to 0.5 mm long in divergent inter-growths. Also as crude prisms, up to 1 mm long, with rounded faces and as composite crystals consisting of subparallel inter-growths of narrow prisms up to 2 mm long.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Co-type material is deposited in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, USA, catalogue numbers 64513, 64514, 65555 and 65559
Geological Setting of Type Material:
On montroseite- and corvusite-bearing sandstone. Oxidation of montroseite-corvusite assemblage in a moist environment.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Reference:
Kampf, A.R., Hughes, J.M., Nash, B.P., Marty, J. (2016) Vanarsite, Packratite, Morrisonite, and Gatewayite: Four New Minerals Containing the [As3+V4+,5+12As5+6O51] Heteropolyanion, A Novel Polyoxometalate Cluster. The Canadian Mineralogist: 54(1): 145-162.

Synonyms of GatewayiteHide

Fluorescence of GatewayiteHide

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Insoluble in room-temperature H2O; easily soluble in room-temperature dilute HCl.
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 GatewayiteHide

Reference List:
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Kampf, A.R., Hughes, J.M., Marty, J., Nash, B.P. (2015) Gatewayite, IMA 2014- 096. CNMNC Newsletter No. 24, April 2015, page 250. Mineralogical Magazine: 79: 247-251.
Kampf, A.R., Hughes, J.M., Nash, B.P., Marty, J. (2016) Vanarsite, Packratite, Morrisonite, and Gatewayite: Four New Minerals Containing the [As3+V4+,5+12As5+6O51] Heteropolyanion, A Novel Polyoxometalate Cluster. The Canadian Mineralogist: 54(1): 145-162.

Internet Links for GatewayiteHide

Localities for GatewayiteHide

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.
USA (TL)
 
  • Colorado
    • Mesa Co.
      • Gateway
Kampf, A.R., Hughes, J.M., Nash, B.P., Marty, J. (2016) Vanarsite, Packratite, Morrisonite, and Gatewayite: Four New Minerals Containing the [As3+V4+,5+12As5+6O51] Heteropolyanion, A Novel Polyoxometalate Cluster. The Canadian Mineralogist: 54(1): 145-162.; Kampf, A.R., Hughes, J.M., Marty, J. and Nash, B.P. (2015) Gatewayite, IMA 2014- 096. CNMNC Newsletter No. 24, April 2015, page 250. Mineralogical Magazine: 79: 247-251.; Kampf, A.R., Nash, B.P., Marty, J., Hughes, J.M. (2017) Mesaite, CaMn2+5(V2O7)3·12H2O, a new vanadate mineral from the Packrat mine, near Gateway, Mesa County, Colorado, USA. Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 319–327.
 
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