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Chessexite

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Formula:
(Na,K)4Ca2(Mg,Zn)3Al8(SO4)10(SiO4)2 · 40H2O
Colour:
White
Lustre:
Silky
Specific Gravity:
2.21 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
For professor Ronald Chessex (1929-), petrographer, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
This page provides mineralogical data about Chessexite.


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Classification of ChessexiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
1981
7.DG.35

7 : SULFATES (selenates, tellurates, chromates, molybdates, wolframates)
D : Sulfates (selenates, etc.) with additional anions, with H2O
G : With large and medium-sized cations; with NO3, CO3, B(OH)4, SiO4 or IO3
32.4.6.1

32 : COMPOUND SULFATES
4 : Hydrated Compound Sulfates containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
17.10.16

17 : Silicates Containing other Anions
10 : Silicates with sulphate, molybdate or tungstate

Physical Properties of ChessexiteHide

Silky
Colour:
White
Cleavage:
Poor/Indistinct
Indistinct parallel to [101]
Density:
2.21 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of ChessexiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.456 nβ = 1.460 nγ = 1.480
2V:
Measured: 47° , Calculated: 50°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.024
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
distinct

Chemical Properties of ChessexiteHide

Formula:
(Na,K)4Ca2(Mg,Zn)3Al8(SO4)10(SiO4)2 · 40H2O
IMA Formula:
Na4Ca2Mg3Al8(SiO4)2(SO4)10(OH)10 · 40H2O
Common Impurities:
Ca

Crystallography of ChessexiteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 13.7 Å, b = 27.96 Å, c = 9.99 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.49 : 1 : 0.357
Unit Cell V:
3,826.69 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
2
Morphology:
Euhedral, thin square or rectangular plates.

Type Occurrence of ChessexiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Natural History Museum, Geneva, Switzerland 435/70
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Coating on fluorite

Synonyms of ChessexiteHide

Other Language Names for ChessexiteHide

German:Chessexit
Spanish:Chessexita

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

7.DG.05DarapskiteNa3(SO4)(NO3) · H2OMon. 2/m
7.DG.10Clinoungemachite(Na, K, Fe, SO4)Mon. 2/m
7.DG.10HumberstoniteNa7K3Mg2(SO4)6(NO3)2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
7.DG.10UngemachiteK3Na8Fe(SO4)6(NO3)2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
7.DG.15BentoriteCa6(Cr3+,Al)2(SO4)3(OH)12 · 26H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
7.DG.15CharlesiteCa6(Al,Si)2(SO4)2[B(OH)4](OH,O)12 · 26H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
7.DG.15EttringiteCa6Al2(SO4)3(OH)12 · 26H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
7.DG.15JouravskiteCa3Mn4+(SO4)(CO3)(OH)6 · 12H2OHex.
7.DG.15SturmaniteCa6(Fe3+,Al,Mn3+)2(SO4)2[B(OH)4](OH)12 · 25H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
7.DG.15ThaumasiteCa3(SO4)[Si(OH)6](CO3) · 12H2OHex. 6 : P63
7.DG.15CarraraiteCa3(SO4)[Ge(OH)6](CO3) · 12H2OHex.
7.DG.15BuryatiteCa3(Si,Fe,Al)(SO4)[B(OH)4]O(OH)5 · 12H2O
7.DG.20RapidcreekiteCa2(SO4)(CO3) · 4H2OOrth.
7.DG.20KorkinoiteCa4(SO4)2(CO3)2 · 9(H2O)Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmm
7.DG.25TatarskiteCa6Mg2(SO4)2(CO3)2(OH)4Cl4 · 7H2OOrth.
7.DG.30NakauriiteCu8(SO4)4(CO3)(OH)6 · 48H2OOrth.
7.DG.40CarlosruiziteK6(Na,K)4Na6Mg10(SeO4)12(IO3)12 · 12H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3c1
7.DG.40FuenzalidaiteK6(Na,K)4Na6Mg10(SO4)12(IO3)12 · 12H2OTrig. 3m (3 2/m) : P3c1
7.DG.45Chelyabinskite(Ca,Mg)3(SO4,CO3)2[Si(OH)6] · 9H2O (?)Orth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

17.10.1NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2OIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.10.2PitiglianoiteNa6K2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · 2H2OHex.
17.10.3Vishnevite(Na,K)8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,CO3) · 2H2OHex. 6 : P63
17.10.4Haüyne(Na,K)3(Ca,Na)(Al3Si3O12)(SO4,S,Cl)Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.10.5Liottite(Na,K)16Ca8(Al6Si6O24)3(SO4)5Cl4Hex.
17.10.6Latiumite(Ca,K)4(Si,Al)5O11(SO4,CO3)Mon.
17.10.7Tuscanite(K(Ca,Na)6(Si,Al)10O22[SO4,CO3,(OH)2] · H2OMon.
17.10.8MicrosommiteNa4K2Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)Cl2Hex.
17.10.9Delhayelite(Na,K)10Ca5Al6Si32O80(Cl2,F2,SO4)3 · 18H2OOrth.
17.10.10HydrodelhayeliteKCa2AlSi7O17(OH)2 · 6H2OOrth.
17.10.11Davyne(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(Cl2,SO4)2Hex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.12Afghanite(Na,K)22Ca10(Si24Al24O96)(SO4)6Cl6Trig. 3m : P3 1c
17.10.13Franzinite(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)2 · 0.5H2OHex.
17.10.14Giuseppettite(Na,K,Ca)7-8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,Cl)1-2Hex.
17.10.15Sacrofanite(Na61K19Ca32)(Si84Al84O336)(SO4)26Cl2F6•2H2OHex.
17.10.17InneliteNa2CaBa4Ti3(Si2O7)2(SO4)2O4Tric.
17.10.18ThaumasiteCa3(SO4)[Si(OH)6](CO3) · 12H2OHex. 6 : P63
17.10.19Ellestadite
17.10.20ChlorellestaditeCa5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5ClHex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.21HydroxylellestaditeCa5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5(OH)Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mcm
17.10.22FluorellestaditeCa5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5FHex.
17.10.23MattheddleitePb5(SiO4)1.5(SO4)1.5(Cl,OH)Hex. 6/m : P63/m
17.10.24QueititePb4Zn2(SO4)(SiO4)(Si2O7)Mon. 2 : P21
17.10.25RoeblingitePb2Ca6Mn2+(Si3O9)2(SO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
17.10.26YoshimuraiteBa2Mn2Ti(Si2O7)(PO4)O(OH)Tric. 1 : P1
17.10.27KegelitePb8Al4(Si8O20)(SO4)2(CO3)4(OH)8Mon.
17.10.28Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(SO4)3|(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2] · 0.5H2OHex.
17.10.29MacquartiteCu2Pb7(CrO4)4(SiO4)2(OH)2Mon.
17.10.30WeliniteMn2+6(W6+,Mg)2(SiO4)2(O,OH)6Trig. 3 : P3

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 ChessexiteHide

Reference List:
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Sarp H, Deferne J (1982) La chessexite, un nouveau minéral. Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen 62, 337-341
Dunn P J, Cabri L J, Chao G Y, Fleischer M, Francis C A, Grice J D, Jambor J L, Pabst A (1984) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 69: 406.

Internet Links for ChessexiteHide

Localities for ChessexiteHide

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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.
France (TL)
 
  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
    • Saône-et-Loire
      • Lucenay-l'Evêque
        • Cordesse
Schweiz.Min.Petr.Mitt.(1982) 62, 337-341
Iceland
 
  • Southern Region
    • Vestmannaeyjar archipelago (Westman islands)
      • Heimaey island
        • Heimaey
Mitolo, D., Garavelli, A., Pedersen, L., Balić-Žunić, T., Jakobsson, S.P., Vurro, F. (2008): Mineralogy of actually forming sublimates at Eldfell Volcano, Heimaey (Vestmannaeyjar archipelago), Iceland. Plinius, 34, 322.
Mineral and/or Locality  
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