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Albertiniite

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About AlbertiniiteHide

Claudio Albertini
Formula:
Fe2+(SO3)·3H2O
Colour:
colorless to yellowish
Lustre:
Vitreous
Specific Gravity:
2.458 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named in 2015 by Vignola, P. et al. in honour of Claudio Albertini (1 June 1950 - 11 June 2018), an Italian mineral collector and expert in the systematic mineralogy of the Alps and pegmatites. Claudio Albertini is author of several papers in journals for mineral collectors and mineralogists, and he is author of the volume “L’Alpe Devero e i suoi minerali” on the worldwide famous locality of Mount Cervandone.
Stoichiometrically similar to gravegliaite (Mn-dominant), but not analogous due to structural difference. One of a very few natural sulphites, by hannebachite, orschallite, and scotlandite.

Compare some unnamed intermediate/mixed-valence S species from carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb deposits: Unnamed (Fe Sulphite) (an anhydrous counterpart), Unnamed (Zn Sulphite); UM1995-34-SO:Fe, UM1995-35-SO:FePb, Unnamed (Fe Subsulphite), pyrosulphites (Unnamed (Fe Pyrosulphite)), and sulphoxylanes (Unnamed (Fe Sulphoxylane)). You may also want to compare with Unnamed (Fe Oxysulphide).


Classification of AlbertiniiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2015
First Published:
2016
4.JE.X

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
E : Sulfites

Physical Properties of AlbertiniiteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
colorless to yellowish
Tenacity:
Brittle
Cleavage:
Perfect
{010}
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
2.458 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of AlbertiniiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.612(2) nβ = 1.618(2) nγ = 1.632(2)
2V:
Measured: 40° , Calculated: 66°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.020
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Pleochroism:
Non-pleochroic

Chemical Properties of AlbertiniiteHide

Formula:
Fe2+(SO3)·3H2O
IMA Formula:
Fe2+(SO3) · 3H2O
Common Impurities:
Mn

Crystallography of AlbertiniiteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.633(1) Å, b = 8.831(1) Å, c = 8.773(2) Å
β = 96.106(8)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.751 : 1 : 0.993
Unit Cell V:
510.97 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4
Comment:
P21/n

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
6.167(14)
5.533(27)
4.998(14)
4.721(100)
4.353(13)
3.897(12)
3.539(94)
2.830(12)

Type Occurrence of AlbertiniiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
monoclinic prisms up to 0.7 mm across, sometimes showing rounded corners and edges.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Co-type material is deposited in the mineralogical collection of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milano, Italy (number MM 38728),and the Laboratory of Mineralogy, University of Liège, Belgium (number 20393)
Geological Setting of Type Material:
An intermediate product of oxidation between iron sulphides and sulphates in calcium rich base metal ore deposits.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of AlbertiniiteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JE.05GravegliaiteMn2+SO3 · 3H2OOrth.
4.JE.10HannebachiteCaSO3 · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
4.JE.15OrschalliteCa3(SO3)2(SO4) · 12H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
4.JE.20ScotlanditePbSO3Mon. 2/m

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 AlbertiniiteHide

Reference List:
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Vignola, P., Gatta, G.D., Rotiroti, N., Gentile, P., Hatert, F., Baijot, M., Bersani, D., Risplendente, A., Pavese, A. (2015) Albertiniite, IMA 2015-004. CNMNC Newsletter No. 25, June 2015, page 532. Mineralogical Magazine: 79: 529-535.
Vignola, P., Gatta, G.D., Rotiroti, N., Gentile, P., Hatert, F., Baijot, M., Bersani, D., Risplendente, A., Pavese, A. (2016) Albertiniite, Fe2+(SO3)·3H2O, a new sulfite mineral species from the Monte Falò Pb-Zn mine, Coiromonte municipality, Verbano Cusio Ossola province, Piedmont, Italy. Mineralogical Magazine: 80: 985-994.

Internet Links for AlbertiniiteHide

Localities for AlbertiniiteHide

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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)
 
  • Piedmont
    • Novara Province
      • Armeno
        • Coiromonte
Vignola, P., Gatta, G.D., Rotiroti, N., Gentile, P., Hatert, F., Baijot, M., Bersani, D., Risplendente, A. and Pavese, A. (2015) Albertiniite, IMA 2015-004. CNMNC Newsletter No. 25, June 2015, page 532; Mineralogical Magazine, 79, 529-535; Vignola, P., Gatta, G.D., Rotiroti, N., Gentile, P., Hatert, F., Baijot, M., Bersani, D., Risplendente, A., Pavese, A. (2016): Albertiniite, Fe2+(SO3)·3H2O, a new sulfite mineral species from the Monte Falò Pb-Zn mine, Coiromonte municipality, Verbano Cusio Ossola province, Piedmont, Italy. Mineralogical Magazine, 80, 985-994
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