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About ChantaliteHide

Halil and Chantal Sarp
Colorless to white
Specific Gravity:
2.8 - 2.9
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Chantal Sarp (b. 1944), wife of Halil Sarp who described the mineral, for her support during his field research. The mineral halilsarpite was later named for her husband.
This page provides mineralogical data about Chantalite.

Classification of ChantaliteHide

First Published:

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
A : Nesosilicates
G : Nesosilicates with additional anions; cations in > [6] +- [6] coordination

78 : Unclassified Silicates
1 : Miscellaneous

16 : Silicates Containing Aluminum and other Metals
9 : Aluminosilicates of Ca

Physical Properties of ChantaliteHide

Colorless to white
None Observed
2.8 - 2.9 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.97 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Measured by suspension

Optical Data of ChantaliteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.653 nε = 1.642
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.011
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and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Not Visible

Chemical Properties of ChantaliteHide

Common Impurities:

Crystallography of ChantaliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4/m - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.952(1) Å, c = 23.257(6) Å
a:c = 1 : 4.696
Unit Cell V:
570.32 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Anhedral grains or small crystals.
None observed

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IDSpeciesReferenceLinkYearLocalityPressure (GPa)Temp (K)
0010811ChantaliteLiebich B W, Sarp H, Parthe E (1979) The crystal structure of chantalite, CaAl2(OH)4SiO4 southwest Turkey Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie 150 53-631979rodingitic dykes in a ophiolitic zone in the Taurus Mountains,0293
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X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
4.828 Å(45)
4.171 Å(70)
3.349 Å(60)
2.598 Å(100)
2.235 Å(50)
1.453 Å(60)

Type Occurrence of ChantaliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
anhedral grains, 0.1-0.3 mm
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Natural History Museum, Geneva, Switzerland, 435/1.
The Natural History Museum, London, England, 1984,741.
National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian), Washington, D.C., USA, 146559.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
In rodingite dikes from an ophiolite zone
Sarp, H., Deferne, J., Liebich, B.W. (1977) La chantalite CaAl2SiO4(OH)4, un nouveau silicate naturel d´aluminium et de calcium. Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 57: 149-156.

Synonyms of ChantaliteHide

Other Language Names for ChantaliteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
5 photos of Chantalite associated with HibschiteCa3Al2(SiO4)3-x(OH)4x
1 photo of Chantalite associated with CalciteCaCO3
1 photo of Chantalite associated with VesuvianiteCa19Fe3+Al4(Al6Mg2)(☐4)☐[Si2O7]4[(SiO4)10]O(OH)9

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.AG.EdgrewiteCa9(SiO4)4F2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
9.AG.05AbswurmbachiteCuMn3+6(SiO4)O8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
9.AG.05BrauniteMn2+Mn3+6(SiO4)O8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
9.AG.05NeltneriteCaMn3+6(SiO4)O8Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
9.AG.05Braunite-IICaMn3+14(SiO4)O20Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I41/acd
9.AG.10LångbaniteMn2+4Mn3+9Sb5+O16(SiO4)2Trig. 3m : P3m1
9.AG.15TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)OMon. 2/m : P21/b
9.AG.15Natrotitanite(Na0.5Y0.5)Ti(SiO4)OMon. 2/m : B2/b
9.AG.15ŻabińskiiteCa[Al0.5(Ta,Nb)0.5)](SiO4)OTric. 1
9.AG.20Cerite-(Ce)(Ce,Ca)9(Mg,Fe)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3Trig. 3m : R3c
9.AG.20Cerite-(La)(La,Ce,Ca)9(Fe,Ca,Mg)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3Trig. 3m : R3c
9.AG.20Aluminocerite-(Ce)(Ce,La,Ca)9(Al,Fe3+)(SiO4)3(HSiO4)4(OH)3Trig. 3m : R3c
9.AG.25Mieite-(Y)Y4Ti(SiO4)2O[F,(OH)]6Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
9.AG.30SitinakiteKNa2Ti4(SiO4)2O5(OH) · 4H2OTet.
9.AG.35KittatinnyiteCa2Mn2Mn(SiO4)2(OH)4 · 9H2OHex.
9.AG.45Törnebohmite-(Ce)(Ce,La)2Al(SiO4)2(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
9.AG.50Kuliokite-(Y)Y4Al(SiO4)2(OH)2F5Tric. 1 : P1
9.AG.60MozartiteCaMn3+(SiO4)(OH)Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
9.AG.70JasmunditeCa11(SiO4)4O2STet. 4 2m : I4m2
9.AG.75AfwilliteCa3(HSiO4)2 · 2H2OMon. m : Bb
9.AG.80BultfonteiniteCa2(HSiO4)F · H2OTric.
9.AG.85ZoltaiiteBaV4+2V3+12(SiO4)2O19Trig. 3 : P3

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

16.9.1GehleniteCa2Al(AlSiO7)Tet. 4 2m : P4 21m
16.9.2AnorthiteCa(Al2Si2O8)Tric. 1 : P1
16.9.3Yoshiokaite(Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)O4]Trig. 3 : P3
16.9.5DmisteinbergiteCa(Al2Si2O8)Trig. 3 2 : P3 1 2
16.9.6GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
16.9.8ZoisiteCa2Al3[Si2O7][SiO4]O(OH)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
16.9.9Clinozoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)Mon. 2/m : P21/m
16.9.10PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2Orth. mm2
16.9.12BicchuliteCa2(Al2SiO6)(OH)2Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
16.9.18LawsoniteCaAl2(Si2O7)(OH)2 · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
16.9.19ParthéiteCa2(Si4Al4) O15 (OH)2•4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
16.9.20WairakiteCa(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2OMon. 2/m
16.9.21VertumniteCa4Al4Si4O6(OH)24 · 3H2OMon. 2/m : P21/m
16.9.22ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2OMon. m : Bb
16.9.23LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
16.9.24YugawaraliteCaAl2Si6O16 · 4H2OMon.
16.9.25Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
16.9.26EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2OMon.
16.9.27GoosecreekiteCa[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2OMon.
16.9.28CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2OOrth.
16.9.30StelleriteCa4(Si28Al8)O72 · 28H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Fmmm
16.9.31SträtlingiteCa2Al2SiO7 · 8H2OTrig.
16.9.32AmstalliteCaAl(Si,Al)4O8(OH)4 · (H2O,Cl)Mon. 2/m : B2/b

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 ChantaliteHide

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Sarp, H., Deferne, J., Liebich, B.W. (1977) La chantalite CaAl2SiO4(OH)4, un nouveau silicate naturel d´aluminium et de calcium. Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 57: 149-156.
Fleischer, M. (1978) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 63: 1282-1284.
Liebich, B.W., Sarp, H., Parthe, E. (1979) The crystal structure of chantalite, CaAl2(OH)4SiO4. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 150: 53-63.
Boscardin, M., Zordan, A. (2004) Chantalite di Val Munari: valori spettrofotometrici nell'infrarosso. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana: 28: 3(3-2004): 161-164.
Roth, P. (2007) Chantalite. in Minerals first discovered in Switzerland and minerals named after Swiss individuals. Kristallografik Verlag (Achberg Germany) 170-171.

Internet Links for ChantaliteHide

Localities for ChantaliteHide

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.
  • Veneto
    • Vicenza Province
      • Schio
        • Tretto
          • Val Munari
            • Contrade Maglio-Pornaro
Saccardo, D., Zordan, A. (2002): Il giacimento metamorfico di contatto di Maglio-Pornaro al Tretto di Schio (Vicenza). Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 26, 4 (4-2002), 234-236; Boscardin, M., Zordan, A. (2004): Chantalite di Val Munari: valori spettrofotometrici nell'infrarosso. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 28, 3 (3-2004), 161-164; Boscardin, M., Daleffe, A., Rocchetti, I., Zordan, A. (2011): Minerali del Vicentino - Aggiornamenti, località e nuove determinazioni. Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali “G. Zannato”, Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza), 183 pp.; Zordan, A. (2014): Provincia di Vicenza. In: Zorzi, F., Boscardin, M., (eds.), Minerali del Veneto. Alla scoperta dei tesori della nostra regione. Museo di Storia Naturale e Archeologia di Montebelluna - Treviso, Cierre Edizioni, Sommacampagna, 173-246.
South Africa
  • KwaZulu-Natal
    • eThekwini District
      • Durban
        • Umhlatuzana valley
Cairncross, B. & Dixon, R. (1995). Minerals of South Africa. Geological Society of South Africa: Linden; Heron. H.D.C. (2004). Barite occurrences at Clairwood Quarries in Durban, Natal, South Africa. S.A. Lapidary Magazine, 36(3): 5-25.
Turkey (TL)
  • Burdur Province
    • Yeşilova District
      • Doganbaba
Sarp, H., Deferne, J., Liebich, B.W. (1977) La chantalite CaAl2SiO4(OH)4, un nouveau silicate naturel d´aluminium et de calcium. Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen: 57: 149-156.
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