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About BarbosaliteHide

Aluízio Licínio de Miranda Barbosa
Black to dark blue-green, green, Blue green, Green blue, Greenish black, Black
Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Dull
5½ - 6
Specific Gravity:
3.60 - 3.62
Crystal System:
Member of:
Named by Marie Louise Lindberg (Smith) and William T. Pecora in 1955 in honor of Brazilian geologist Aluízio Licínio de Miranda Barbosa [July 3, 1916 Alto Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brasil - September 23, 2013 Brazil], emeritus professor of geology of the School of Mines at Oro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brasil.

Classification of BarbosaliteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
B : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 about 1:1
Dana 7th ed.:

10 : (AB)3(XO4)2Zq

19 : Phosphates
13 : Phosphates of Fe alone

Physical Properties of BarbosaliteHide

Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Resinous, Waxy, Greasy, Dull
Translucent, Opaque
Black to dark blue-green, green, Blue green, Green blue, Greenish black, Black
Dark blue to dark green
5½ - 6 on Mohs scale
None Observed
Conchoidal, Sub-Conchoidal
3.60 - 3.62 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.72 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of BarbosaliteHide

Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.760 - 1.780 nβ = 1.770 - 1.810 nγ = 1.835 - 1.840
Measured: 64° to 70°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.075
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
r > v strong
X=Y>Z; X=Y = dark blue green; Z = dark olive green

Chemical Properties of BarbosaliteHide


Crystallography of BarbosaliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.31 Å, b = 7.48 Å, c = 7.52 Å
β = 120.15°
a:b:c = 0.977 : 1 : 1.005
Unit Cell V:
349.94 ų
Blocky to rectangular prismatic crystal, also botryoidal

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
4.84 Å(60)
3.361 Å(100)
3.313 Å(80)
3.239 Å(60)
3.160 Å(60)
2.327 Å(40)
1.309 Å(40)

Type Occurrence of BarbosaliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Black drusy crystals
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Granite pegmatite
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:
Lindberg M L, Pecora W T (1955) Tavorite and barbosalite, two new phosphate minerals from Minas Gerias, Brazil. American Mineralogist 40, 952-966

Synonyms of BarbosaliteHide

Other Language Names for BarbosaliteHide

Relationship of Barbosalite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
LazuliteMgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
ScorzaliteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
22 photos of Barbosalite associated with Hureaulite(Mn,Fe)5(PO4)2(HPO4)2 · 4H2O
20 photos of Barbosalite associated with PhosphosideriteFePO4 · 2H2O
9 photos of Barbosalite associated with StrengiteFePO4 · 2H2O
7 photos of Barbosalite associated with TavoriteLiFe3+(PO4)(OH)
7 photos of Barbosalite associated with PyriteFeS2
3 photos of Barbosalite associated with RockbridgeiteFe2+Fe3+4(PO4)3(OH)5
1 photo of Barbosalite associated with MitridatiteCa2Fe3+3(PO4)3O2 · 3H2O
1 photo of Barbosalite associated with FrondeliteMn2+Fe3+4(PO4)3(OH)5
1 photo of Barbosalite associated with Jahnsite
1 photo of Barbosalite associated with TriphyliteLiFe2+PO4

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BB.XArsenowagneriteMg2(AsO4)FMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.05AmblygoniteLiAl(PO4)FTric. 1 : P1
8.BB.05MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.05TavoriteLiFe3+(PO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.10TripliteMn2+2(PO4)FMon. 2/m
8.BB.10ZwieseliteFe2+2(PO4)FMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.15SarkiniteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/m
8.BB.15Triploidite(Mn2+,Fe2+)2(PO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P2/b
8.BB.15Wagnerite(Mg,Fe2+)2(PO4)FMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.15Wolfeite(Fe2+,Mn2+)2(PO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.15JoosteiteMn2+(Mn3+,Fe3+)(PO4)OMon. 2/m
8.BB.15HydroxylwagneriteMg2(PO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.20HoltedahliteMg2(PO4)(OH)Trig. 3m : P3 1m
8.BB.20Satterlyite(Fe2+,Mg,Fe)12(PO4)5(PO3OH)(OH,O)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3 1m
8.BB.25AlthausiteMg4(PO4)2(OH,O)(F,☐)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.BB.30AdamiteZn2(AsO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.30EveiteMn2+2(AsO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.30LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.30OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/m
8.BB.30ZincolibetheniteCuZn(PO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.30ZincoliveniteCuZn(AsO4)(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.30AuriacusiteFe3+Cu2+(AsO4)OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnnm
8.BB.35ParadamiteZn2(AsO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.35TarbuttiteZn2(PO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.40LazuliteMgAl2(PO4)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.40ScorzaliteFe2+Al2(PO4)2(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.BB.45TrolleiteAl4(PO4)3(OH)3Mon. 2/m : B2/b
8.BB.50NamibiteCu(BiO)2(VO4)(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.70TuraniteCu5(VO4)2(OH)4Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.80FingeriteCu11(VO4)6O2Tric. 1 : P1
8.BB.90ZinclipscombiteZnFe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2Tet. 4 2 2 : P43 21 2

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide 2/m : P21/b 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

19.13.2StrengiteFePO4 · 2H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pbca
19.13.3PhosphosideriteFePO4 · 2H2OMon. 2/m
19.13.4DufréniteCa0.5Fe2+Fe3+5(PO4)4(OH)6 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
19.13.5GiniiteFe2+Fe3+4(PO4)3(OH)5 · 2H2OMon. 2/m : P2/b
19.13.6WhitmoreiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
19.13.7TinticiteFe3+5.34(PO4)3.62(VO4)0.38(OH)4 · 6.7H2OTric. 1 : P1
19.13.8FerristrunziteFe3+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2OTric.
19.13.9FerrostrunziteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric.
19.13.10BerauniteFe2+Fe3+5(PO4)4(OH)5 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
19.13.11VivianiteFe2+3(PO4)2 · 8H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
19.13.12MetavivianiteFe2+Fe3+2(PO4)2(OH)2 · 6H2OTric. 1 : P1

Fluorescence of BarbosaliteHide

Not fluorescent in UV

Other InformationHide

Soluble in warm HCl. Insouble in other acids. Attaqued by clerici solution
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 BarbosaliteHide

Reference List:
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Lindberg M L, Pecora W T (1954) Tavorite and barbosalite: two new phosphate minerals from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Science 119: 739-739
Lindberg, M.L. and Pecora, W.T. (1955) Tavorite and barbosalite, two new phosphate minerals from Minas Gerais, Brazil. American Mineralogist 40: 952-966.
Acta Crystallographica: 12: 695-697.

Internet Links for BarbosaliteHide

Localities for BarbosaliteHide

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.
  • Córdoba Province
    • Punilla Department
      • Tanti
        • Cerro Blanco pegmatite district
Rocks & Min. (2007) 82:234
  • New South Wales
    • Yancowinna Co.
      • Thackaringa District
Plimer, I.R. and Blucher, I.D. (1979) Wolfeite and barbosalite from Thackaringa, Australia. Mineralogical Magazine 43, 505-507 ; Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV
  • South Australia
    • Olary Province
      • Boolcoomatta Reserve (Boolcoomata Station; Boolcoomatta)
Record of Sth.Aust. mines summary Olary SI5402 card 235
  • Minas Gerais
    • Água Boa
Dunn, P.J., Leavens, P.B., Sturman, B.D.,Gaines, R.V. & Barbosa, C. d. P. (1978): Hureaulite and Barbosalite from Lavra do Criminoso, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mineralogical Record. 9: 147-151
    • Conselheiro Pena
Sergio Varvello collection
Sergio Varvello collection
      • Ferruginha
sergio varvello collection
Baijot, M., Hatert, F., Dal Rio, F. & Philipo, S. (2014) Mineralogy and petrography of phosphate mineral association from the Jocão pegmatite, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Mineralogist 52, 373-397.; Jonathan Barre Ardizzi, Daniel Atencio (2018) Mineralogy of rockbridgeite - frondelite series and its phosphate association from the Jocão pegmatite, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. in abstracts of the 22nd IMA Meeting Melbourne p 494
    • Galiléia
      • Sapucaia do Norte
Science (1954): 119, 739.; Lindberg, M.L. and Pecora, W.T. (1955) Tavorite and barbosalite, two new phosphate minerals from Minas Gerais, Brazil. American Mineralogist 40, 952-966.
    • Mendes Pimentel
Atencio, D., Coutinho, J.M.V., Mascarenhas, Y.P., Ellena, J. (2006): Matioliite, the Mg-analog of burangaite, from Gentil mine, Mendes Pimentel, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and other occurrences. American Mineralogist, 91, 1932-1936.
  • Paraíba
    • Borborema mineral province
      • Pedra Lavrada
R. Wegner, H. Pöllmann, T. Witzke, & W. Schuckmann (1998): Colquiriite, carlhintzeite, ralstonite and pachnolite from Serra Branca-Pegmatite/Brazil.- Proceedings 17th General Meeting, IMA, August 1998, Toronto, A151
Czech Republic
  • Vysočina Region
    • Žďár nad Sázavou District
      • Křižanov
Škoda, R., Staněk, J., Čopjaková, R.: Minerální asociace fosfátových nodulí z granitického pegmatitu od Cyrilova u Velkého Meziříčí, Moldanubikum; část 1 – primární a exsoluční fáze. Acta Mus. Moraviae, Sci. geol., 2007, 92, 59-74.
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Haute-Vienne
      • Bessines-sur-Gartempe
  • Bavaria
    • Upper Palatinate
      • Cham
        • Waldmünchen
          • Althütte
Lapis, 10 (4), 13-17.
      • Neustadt an der Waldnaab
        • Pleystein
Dill, H.G., Weber, B. (2009), Pleystein-City on Pegmatite, 4th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites, Recife, Brazil.
        • Waidhaus
          • Hagendorf
  • Gbarpolu County
    • Bopolu
Sam Rosenblum and S.P. Srivastava (1979) The Bambuta phosphate deposit, Liberia; a reconnaissance report. USGS Bulletin 1480
  • Amoron'i Mania
    • Ambatofinandrahana
      • Mandrosonoro
Behier, J. (1960): Contribution á la mineralogie de Madagascar. Annales Géologiques de Madagascar XXIX, Tananarive, p 17-18
  • Haute Matsiatra
    • Ikalamavony
      • Fitampito
Collection Musée National de la Geologie at Ampandrianomby in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Inventory # 21079
  • Drâa-Tafilalet
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Tazenakht
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV
  • Marrakesh-Safi
    • Rehamna Province
      • Jebilet Mtn (Djebilet Mtn)
        • Sidi Bou Othmane
Favreau, G. (2012): Deux pegmatites à phosphates de Sidi Bou Othmane (Maroc). Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 3-2012, 71-109
  • Erongo Region
    • Dâures
Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 409 (in English).
Keller, P. (1974): Phosphatmineralien aus Pegmatiten Sudwestafrikas, Der Aufschluss 25,577-591(1974)
    • Karibib
      • Karibib Townlands Farm 57
- Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2007): Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern, 464 pp. (in English)
      • Okatjimukuju Farm 55 (Friedrichsfelde Farm)
P. Keller and O. von Knorring, Eur. J. Mineral. , 1989, 1, pp. 567-593.
      • Tsaobismund Farm 85
Contrib Mineral Petrol (1986) 92:502-517
  • Guarda
    • Gouveia
      • Folgosinho
    • Sabugal
      • Bendada
Georges FAVREAU collection
  • Viseu
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV
    • Sátão
      • Ferreira de Aves
        • Aldeia Nova
Pedro Alve's information Jan 2014
  • Western Province
    • Ngororero District
      • Gatumba
Daltry, V.D.C. and von Knorring, O. (1998) Type-mineralogy of Rwanda with particular reference to the Buranga pegmatite. Geologica Belgica: 1: 9-15.; Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV.;
South Africa
  • Northern Cape
    • ZF Mgcawu District
      • Kenhardt
Minerals of South Africa
  • Castile and Leon
    • Salamanca
Roda, E., Fontán, F., Pesquera, A., & Keller, P. (2001). Phosphate mineral associations of the Aldehuela de la Bóveda, Li-Sn-Nb+-Tb bearing pegmatite, Salamanca, Spain: . In Mineral Deposits at the Beginning of the 21 st Century. Proceedings of the Joint sixth Biennial SGA-SEG Meeting (pp. 477-480).
      • Garcirrey
Encarnación Roda-Robles, Alfonso Pesquera (2007) Locality no. 4: The Phosphates-Rich Cañada Pegmatite (Aldehuela de La Bóveda, Salamanca, Spain) in ALEXANDRE LIMA & ENCARNACIÓN RODA ROBLES ed (2007) GRANITIC PEGMATITES: THE STATE OF THE ART - FIELD TRIP GUIDEBOOK. MEMÓRIAS N. º 9, UNIV. DO PORTO, FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS, DEPARTAMENTO DE GEOLOGIA pp 67-72.
      • Navasfrías
    • Zamora
      • Villar del Buey
Robles, E. R., Fontan, F., Pesquera Pérez, A., & Keller, P. (1998). The Fe-Mn phosphate associations from the Pinilla de Fermoselle pegmatite, Zamora, Spain: occurrence of kryzhanovskite and natrodufrénite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 155-168.
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Linkinhorne
        • Minions
Goley, P. and Williams R. (1995) Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications
      • Treverbyn
        • Stenalees
[Elton, N. J. (1998): Barbosalite, frondelite and other phosphates from Gunheath China Clay Pit, St Austell, Cornwall, England. Journal of the Russell Society 7, 15-18.
  • Alabama
    • Coosa Co.
Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV; Leavens, P. B. & Simpson, Thomas A. (1975): Iron-manganes phospates of the Williams pegmatites, Coosa County, Alabama. Mineralogical Record 6 (2): 67-73
  • New Hampshire
    • Grafton Co.
      • Groton
Gaines, Richard V., Catherine, H., Skinner, W., Foord, E.E., Mason, B., and Rosenzweig, A. (1997), Dana’s New Mineralogy: The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana: eighth edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1819pp.: 875.; Mineralogical Record (1973) 4:103-130
  • South Dakota
    • Custer Co.
      • Custer Mining District
        • Custer
Am Min (1969), 54:969-972
        • Fourmile
Mineralogical Record: 17: 237-254; Rocks & Minerals: 60: 117.
    • Pennington Co.
      • Keystone Mining District
        • Keystone
American Mineralogist (1984): 69: 380-382.
  • Aeolis quadrangle
    • Gusev Crater
      • Columbia Hills
        • Husband Hill
          • Cumberland Ridge
Lane, M.D., Bishop, J.L., Dyar, M.D., King, P.L., Parene, M., Hyde, B.C. (2008) Mineralogy of the Paso Robles soils on Mars. American Mineralogist, 93 (5-6), 728-739.
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