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About LesukiteHide

Al2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
White, pale yellow
Crystal System:
Named after Grigorii Ivanovich Lesuke (1935–1995), technical worker in the Department of Crystallography, University of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Known as a synthetic compound.

Classification of LesukiteHide


B : Simple halides, with H2O
D : Simple halides with H2O and additional OH

Physical Properties of LesukiteHide

White, pale yellow

Optical Data of LesukiteHide


Chemical Properties of LesukiteHide

Al2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
IMA Formula:
Al2(OH)5Cl · 2H2O

Crystallography of LesukiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 19.878(1) Å
Unit Cell V:
7,854.49 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
9.94 (20)
8.11 (70)
7.03 (50)
4.47 (60)
3.23 (70)
2.706 (100)
2.446 (80)
1.957 (70)

Type Occurrence of LesukiteHide

Synonyms of LesukiteHide

Other Language Names for LesukiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Cadwaladerite1 photo of Lesukite associated with Cadwaladerite on mindat.org.
Jarosite1 photo of Lesukite associated with Jarosite on mindat.org.
Hydrokenoralstonite1 photo of Lesukite associated with Hydrokenoralstonite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.BD.05CadwaladeriteAlCl(OH)2 · 4H2OAmor.
3.BD.15KorshunovskiteMg2Cl(OH)3 · 4H2OTric.
3.BD.20NepskoeiteMg4Cl(OH)7 · 6H2OOrth.
3.BD.25KoeneniteNa4Mg9Al4Cl12(OH)22Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m

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 LesukiteHide

Reference List:
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Witzke, T. (1997): A new aluminium chloride mineral from Oelsnitz, Saxony. N. Jb. Mineral. Mh., 301-308.
Mineralogical Record: 29: 473-474.
Vergasova, L. P.; Stepanova, E. L.; Serafimova, E. K.; Filatov, S. K. (1997): Lesukite Al2(OH)5Cl.2H2O - a new mineral from volcanic exhalation. Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva (Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society) 126, 104-110. [Abs. in American Mineralogist 83 (1998) 652–656.]

Internet Links for LesukiteHide

Localities for LesukiteHide

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.
  • Antofagasta
    • Antofagasta Province
      • Mejillones
        • Mejillones peninsula
Natural History Museum Vienna collection (obtained from Udo Hörig, PXRD-analysed by Uwe Kolitsch)
    • El Loa Province
      • Calama
        • Cerritos Bayos
SEM-EDS by Igor V. Pekov, IR Spectroscopy by Nikita V. Chukanov
  • Arica and Parinacota
    • Arica Province
      • Caleta Vítor district
Maurizio Dini (sample collected in 2013 and tested)
Czech Republic
  • Central Bohemian Region
    • Kladno
      • Libušin
Hyrsl J., Korbel P.; Tschechien & Slowakei, Mineralien und Fundstellen. Bode Verlag, 2008. Page 268-273; Žáček V, Ondruš P (2000) Lesukite, cubic Al2Cl(OH)5.2H2O from Kladno, Czech Republic. Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 75, issue 1; pages: 23 - 26
  • Saxony
    • Zwickau
      • Oelsnitz
Witzke, T. (1997): A new aluminium chloride mineral from Oelsnitz near Zwickau, Saxony, Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte 1997, 301-308.
  • Yazd
    • Saghand (Sagand; Saqand)
Vincent Bourgoin
  • Batken
Museum of Victoria specimen no: M 46880
  • Silesia
    • Upper Silesian Coal Basin
      • Rybnik Coal Area
        • Radlin
Łukasz Kruszewski (2012) Unique chloride assemblage of exhalative origin from burning coal-mining dump in Radlin (Rybnik Coal Area, S Poland). Mineralogical Society of Poland Special Papers 40
Russia (TL)
  • Kamchatka Krai
    • Tolbachik volcano
ZVMO,(1997) 126, n2, 104-110
  • Murcia
    • Cartagena
      • Cabo de Palos Range
Rewitzer, C., Calvo, M. Hochleitner, R., and Utrera, C. (2018). Cotunnite, caracolite, sideronatrite and other rare secondary minerals in the "Ferruginosa" mine, Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Mineral Up, 5 (1), 66-79.
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