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About EwingiteHide

Golden yellow
Crystal System:
Ewingite, named in honor of Rodney C. Ewing (born September 20, 1946 Abilene Texas). Mineralogist and materials scientist whose research is focused on the properties of nuclear materials at Stanford University, California, USA
New structure type. Chemically resembles rabbittite, swartzite, and albrechtschraufite.

The most structurally complex mineral to date.

Classification of EwingiteHide

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Physical Properties of EwingiteHide

Golden yellow

Optical Data of EwingiteHide

Chemical Properties of EwingiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of EwingiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 35.401(9) Å, c = 48.157(13) Å
a:c = 1 : 1.36
Unit Cell V:
59245 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
From Type Description.

Geological EnvironmentHide

Paragenetic Mode(s):
•  Oxidation

Type Occurrence of EwingiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Ewingite forms aggregates of golden-yellow crystals as large as 0.2 mm in diameter
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Type material is deposited in the mineralogical collections of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA, catalogue number 65686
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Efflorescence growing directly on weathered uraninite in the mining adit
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of EwingiteHide

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 EwingiteHide

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Olds, T.A., Plášil, J., Kampf, A.R., Burns, P.C., Simonetti, A. and Sadergaski, L.R. (2016) Ewingite, IMA 2016-012. CNMNC Newsletter No. 31, June 2016, page 697; Mineralogical Magazine, 80, 691–697.
Olds, T. A., Plášil, J., Kampf, A. R., Simonetti, A., Sadergaski, L. R., Chen, Y.-S. and Burns, P. C. (2017) Ewingite: Earth’s most complex mineral. Geology, 45, 11, 1007–1010.

Internet Links for EwingiteHide

Localities for EwingiteHide

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.
Czech Republic
  • Karlovy Vary Region
    • Karlovy Vary District
      • Jáchymov
Plášil, J., Kampf, A.R., Olds, T.A., Sejkora, J., Škoda, R., Burns, P.C. and Čejka, J. (2020) The new K, Pb-bearing uranyl-oxide mineral kroupaite: Crystal-chemical implications for the structures of uranyl-oxide hydroxy-hydrates. American Mineralogist: 105: 561-568.
Olds, T.A., Plášil, J., Kampf, A.R., Burns, P.C., Simonetti, A. and Sadergaski, L.R. (2016) Ewingite, IMA 2016-012. CNMNC Newsletter No. 31, June 2016, page 697; Mineralogical Magazine, 80, 691–697.
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