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Benauite

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About BenauiteHide

Formula:
SrFe3+3(HPO4,PO4)2(OH)6
May contain some S replacing P.
Colour:
Yellow to Brown
Lustre:
Vitreous, Resinous
Hardness:
Specific Gravity:
3.65
Crystal System:
Trigonal
Name:
For Benau mountain ("Benauer Berg"), on the slopes of which the type locality - the Clara mine - is situated.
The Sr analogue of kintoreite.


Classification of BenauiteHide

Approved
7/B.36-150
8.BL.10

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
L : With medium-sized and large cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 3:1
Dana 7th ed.:
42.7.4.6

Physical Properties of BenauiteHide

Vitreous, Resinous
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Yellow to Brown
Streak:
Yellowish
Hardness:
3½ on Mohs scale
Cleavage:
Perfect
on {0001}
Fracture:
Conchoidal
Density:
3.65 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.648 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of BenauiteHide

Type:
Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.872 nε = 1.862
2V:
Measured: 20°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.010
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of BenauiteHide

Formula:
SrFe3+3(HPO4,PO4)2(OH)6

May contain some S replacing P.
IMA Formula:
SrFe3+3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Common Impurities:
K,Ca,Ba,Pb,Cu,Zn,Al,As

Crystallography of BenauiteHide

Crystal System:
Trigonal
Class (H-M):
3m (3 2/m) - Hexagonal Scalenohedral
Space Group:
R3m
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.28 Å, c = 16.85 Å
Ratio:
a:c = 1 : 2.315
Unit Cell V:
773.38 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
3
Morphology:
poorly formed platy to scaly crystals to 1 mm, flattened on {0001}; radial aggregates

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
5.88 (10)
3.06 (9)
3.65 (6)
2.25 (6)
2.96 (5)
2.81 (5)
2.53 (5)

Type Occurrence of BenauiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Institute for Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Synonyms of BenauiteHide

Other Language Names for BenauiteHide

German:Benauit
Spanish:Benauita

Relationship of Benauite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
CrandalliteCaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
EylettersiteTh0.75Al3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig.
Florencite-(Ce)CeAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
Florencite-(La)LaAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
Florencite-(Nd)NdAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
Florencite-(Sm)SmAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
GalloplumbogummitePb(Ga,Al,Ge)3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m : R3m
GorceixiteBaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Mon. m : Bm
GoyaziteSrAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Kintoreite-2cPbFe3+3(PO4)2(OH,H2O)6
PlumbogummitePbAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
SpringcreekiteBaV3+3(PO4)2(OH,H2O)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
Unnamed (As-analogue of Zaïrite)(Bi,Pb)Fe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)6
WaylanditeBiAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
ZaïriteBiFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Goethite2 photos of Benauite associated with Goethite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Benauite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Laubmannite (of Moore)1 photo of Benauite associated with Laubmannite (of Moore) on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BL.05BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05HidalgoitePbAl3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.05HinsdalitePbAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05KemmlitziteSrAl3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.05SvanbergiteSrAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05WoodhouseiteCaAl3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.05GallobeudantitePbGa3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.10ArsenogoyaziteSrAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10ArsenogorceixiteBaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10ArsenocrandalliteCaAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
8.BL.10CrandalliteCaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10DussertiteBaFe3+3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10EylettersiteTh0.75Al3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.10GorceixiteBaAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Mon. m : Bm
8.BL.10GoyaziteSrAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10PhilipsbornitePbAl3(AsO4)(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.10PlumbogummitePbAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10SegnititePbFe3+3AsO4(AsO3OH)(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.10SpringcreekiteBaV3+3(PO4)2(OH,H2O)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Arsenoflorencite-(La)LaAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Arsenoflorencite-(Nd)NdAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.13Arsenoflorencite-(Ce)CeAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(Ce)CeAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
8.BL.13Florencite-(La)LaAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
8.BL.13Florencite-(Nd)NdAl3(PO4)2(OH)6
8.BL.13WaylanditeBiAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13ZaïriteBiFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13ArsenowaylanditeBiAl3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig.
8.BL.13Graulichite-(Ce)CeFe3+3(AsO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.13Florencite-(Sm)SmAl3(PO4)2(OH)6Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.BL.15ViitaniemiiteNa(Ca,Mn2+)Al(PO4)(F,OH)3Mon.
8.BL.25PattersonitePbFe3+3(PO4)2(OH)5 · H2OTric. 1 : P1

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 BenauiteHide

Reference List:
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Walenta, K., Birch, W. D. and Dunn, P. J. (1996): Benauite, a new mineral of the crandallite group from the Clara Mine in the Central Black Forest, Germany. Chemie der Erde 56, 171-176. (in German).
American Mineralogist (1997): 82: 430 (abstract).
Mineralogical Record: 28: 141.

Internet Links for BenauiteHide

Localities for BenauiteHide

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.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
  • Sud-Kivu
    • Mwenga
Germany (TL)
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • Wolfach
        • Oberwolfach
          • Rankach valley
WALENTA, K. (1996): Benauite, a new mineral of the crandallite group from the Clara mine in the central Black Forest, Germany. - Chem. Erde 56, 171-176; MinRec 28:141
Spain
 
  • Extremadura
    • Cáceres
      • Zarza la Mayor
Viñals, J. and Calvo, M. (2011). Secondary phosphates of La Paloma mine, Zarza la Mayor, Cáceres, Spain. Mineral Up 2 (5), 8-31.
Mineral and/or Locality  
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