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About DanaliteHide

James Dwight Dana
Pink, grey, yellow, reddish brown, red
Vitreous, Greasy
5½ - 6
Specific Gravity:
3.28 - 3.46
Crystal System:
Member of:
Named after James Dwight Dana (1813-1895) American mineralogist and geologist, Yale University.

Classification of DanaliteHide

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

9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
F : Tektosilicates without zeolitic H2O
B : Tektosilicates with additional anions

76 : TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
2 : Al-Si Framework Feldspathoids and related species

17 : Silicates Containing other Anions
9 : Silicates with sulphide or sulphite

Physical Properties of DanaliteHide

Vitreous, Greasy
Pink, grey, yellow, reddish brown, red
5½ - 6 on Mohs scale
Poor on {111}{111}
Irregular/Uneven, Sub-Conchoidal
3.28 - 3.46 g/cm3 (Measured)    3.36 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of DanaliteHide

RI values:
n = 1.747 - 1.771
Isotropic minerals have no birefringence
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of DanaliteHide

Common Impurities:

Chemical AnalysisHide

Mg0.1 %
Mn5.8 %
Fe10.7 %
Zn2.6 %
Si14.6 %
S4.7 %
Total:38.5 %
Empirical formulas:
Sample IDEmpirical Formula
Sample references:
1Rosebery Mine, Rosebery, Rosebery district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, AustraliaBottrill, 2019 unpublished lab sept LJN2019-034-10

Crystallography of DanaliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
4 3m - Hextetrahedral
Space Group:
P4 3n
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.21(1) Å
Unit Cell V:
553.39 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Octahedral and dodecahedral crystals to 10cm.

Type Occurrence of DanaliteHide

Other Language Names for DanaliteHide

Simplified Chinese:铍榴石

Relationship of Danalite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
GenthelviteBe3Zn4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
HelvineBe3Mn2+4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
TugtupiteNa4BeAlSi4O12ClTet. 4 : I4
Forms a series with:

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Chlorite Group5 photos of Danalite associated with Chlorite Group on mindat.org.
Quartz5 photos of Danalite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Helvine5 photos of Danalite associated with Helvine on mindat.org.
Riebeckite4 photos of Danalite associated with Riebeckite on mindat.org.
Fluorite3 photos of Danalite associated with Fluorite on mindat.org.
Magnetite2 photos of Danalite associated with Magnetite on mindat.org.
Bertrandite2 photos of Danalite associated with Bertrandite on mindat.org.
Annite2 photos of Danalite associated with Annite on mindat.org.
Calcite2 photos of Danalite associated with Calcite on mindat.org.
Hedenbergite1 photo of Danalite associated with Hedenbergite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.FB.05Afghanite(Na,K)22Ca10(Si24Al24O96)(SO4)6Cl6Trig. 3m : P3 1c
9.FB.05Cancrinite(Na,Ca,☐)8(Al6Si6O24)(CO3,SO4)2 · 2H2OHex. 6 : P63
9.FB.05CancrisiliteNa7(Al5Si7O24)(CO3) · 3H2OHex.
9.FB.05Davyne(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(Cl2,SO4)2Hex. 6/m : P63/m
9.FB.05Franzinite(Na,K)6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)2 · 0.5H2OHex.
9.FB.05HydroxycancriniteNa8(Al6Si6O24)(OH)2 · 2H2OHex.
9.FB.05PitiglianoiteNa6K2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · 2H2OHex.
9.FB.05Tounkite(Na,Ca,K)8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)2Cl · H2OHex.
9.FB.05Vishnevite(Na,K)8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,CO3) · 2H2OHex. 6 : P63
9.FB.05Marinellite(Na,K)42Ca6(Al6Si6O24)6(SO4)8Cl2 · 3H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
9.FB.05Farneseite(Na,Ca,K)56(Al6Si6O24)7(SO4)12 · 6H2OHex. 6/m : P63/m
9.FB.05Alloriite(Na,Ca,K)26Ca4(Al6Si6O24)4(SO4)6Cl6Trig. 3m : P3 1c
9.FB.05Fantappièite[Na82.5Ca33K16.5](Si99Al99O396)(SO4)33 · 4H2OTrig. 3 : R3
9.FB.05KyanoxaliteNa7(Al6-xSi6+xO24)(C2O4)0.5+x · 5H2O (0 < x < 0.5)Hex. 6 : P63
9.FB.05Balliranoite(Na,K)6Ca2(Si6Al6O24)Cl2(CO3)Hex. 6 : P63
9.FB.05CarbobystriteNa8(Al6Si6O24)(CO3) · 3.5H2OTrig. 3m : P3 1c
9.FB.05DepmeieriteNa8(Al6Si6O24)(PO4,CO3)1-x · 3H2O (x<0.5)Hex. 6 : P63
9.FB.05KircheriteNa5Ca2K(Al6Si6O24)(SO4)2 · 0.33H2OTrig. 3 2 : R3 2
9.FB.10BicchuliteCa2(Al2SiO6)(OH)2Iso. 4 3m : I4 3m
9.FB.10GenthelviteBe3Zn4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10Haüyne(Na,K)3(Ca,Na)(Al3Si3O12)(SO4,S,Cl)Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10HelvineBe3Mn2+4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10LazuriteNa6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,S,S2,S3,Cl,OH)2Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10NoseanNa8(Al6Si6O24)(SO4) · H2OIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10SodaliteNa8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
9.FB.10TugtupiteNa4BeAlSi4O12ClTet. 4 : I4
9.FB.15MarialiteNa4Al3Si9O24ClTet. 4/m : I4/m
9.FB.15MeioniteCa4Al6Si6O24CO3Tet. 4/m : I4/m
9.FB.15Silvialite(Ca,Na)4(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,CO3)Tet. 4/m : I4/m

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide 4 3m : P4 3n 4 3m : P4 3n

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

17.9.1LazuriteNa6Ca2(Al6Si6O24)(SO4,S,S2,S3,Cl,OH)2Iso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.9.2JasmunditeCa11(SiO4)4O2STet. 4 2m : I4m2
17.9.3GenthelviteBe3Zn4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n
17.9.4HelvineBe3Mn2+4(SiO4)3SIso. 4 3m : P4 3n

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 DanaliteHide

Reference List:
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Sytle M. Antao, Ishmael Hassan, and John B. Parise (2004), The structure of danalite at high temperature obtained from synchrotron radiation and Rietveld refinements, Canadian Mineralogist: 41: 1413-1422.
American Mineralogist: 70: 186-192.

Internet Links for DanaliteHide

Localities for DanaliteHide

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.
  • Catamarca Province
    • Belén Department
      • Papachacra
Rocks & Min. (2007) 82:234-235
  • South Australia
    • Olary Province
      • Boolcoomatta Reserve (Boolcoomata Station; Boolcoomatta)
No reference listed
      • Mt Victor Plumbago Station
No reference listed
  • Tasmania
    • Burnie City
      • Hampshire district
        • Kara Mines
Whitehead, 1990; Ralph Bottrill 6/10/2005.
    • Waratah-Wynyard municipality
      • Heazlewood district
        • Luina
      • Waratah district
        • Mt Ramsay
Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
    • West Coast municipality
      • Mt Lindsay mineral field
Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
      • Rosebery district
        • Rosebery
Bottrill, R.S. & Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Bull. 73. Tasmanian Geological Survey
  • Western Australia
    • Coolgardie Shire
      • Coolgardie
Grguric, B. A. & Downes, P. J. (2008): Pegmatite minerals from the Barabara mine, Coolgardie, Western Australia. Australian J. of Mineralogy 14, 55-60.
  • Lower Austria
    • Waldviertel
      • Pfaffenschlag bei Waidhofen an der Thaya
        • Artolz (Artholz)
KOLLER, F. & G. NIEDERMAYR (1978): Die Mineralvorkommen der Diorite des nördlichen Waldviertels. – Annal. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 82: 193-208.; R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993); Kolitsch, U. (2017): 2041) Helvin, Rutil und Spessartin vom Steinbruch Poschacher bei Artolz im Waldviertel, Niederösterreich. Pp. 261-262 in Walter, F. et al. (2017): Neue Mineralfunde aus Österreich LXVI. Carinthia II, 207./127., 217-284.
  • Goiás
    • Cavalcante
      • Vaca Velha
Bilal, E. (2013). Geochimie Et Conditions De Cristallisation Des Mineraux Du Groupe Dd L’Helvite. Revista Geonomos, 2(2)p1-13
Raimbault, L. and Bilal, E. (1993) Trace-element contents of helvite-group minerals from metasomatic albitites and hydrothermal veins at Sucuri, Brazil, and Dajishan, China. Canadian Mineralogist, 31, 119-127.
  • British Columbia
    • Liard Mining Division
      • McDame area
Thompson, R. M. Danalite from British Columbia Canadian Mineralogist; December 1957; v. 6; no. 1; p. 68-71
  • Yukon
    • Watson Lake mining district
Layne, G.D. and and Spooner, E.T.C. (1988): The Geology and Mineralogy of the JC Tin Skarn, Yukon Territory, Canada. In: Hutchison, C. S., Ed.: Geology of Tin Deposits in Asia and the Pacific, Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 163-184.
      • Seagull Batholith
Layne, G. D., & Spooner, E. T. C. (1988). The Geology and Mineralogy of the JC Tin Skarn, Yukon Territory, Canada. In Geology of Tin Deposits in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 163-184). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Hunan
    • Chenzhou
      • Yizhang Co.
        • Dongpo ore field
Yuzhou Li (1990): Geology and Prospecting 26(6), 29-35
  • Inner Mongolia
    • Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture)
      • Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.)
Ottens, B., and Neumeier, G. (2012): Mineralogical Record 43, 529-563; Pavel Kartashov analysis on an alleged "genthelvite".
Czech Republic
  • South Bohemian Region
    • Písek District
Cempírek, J., Cícha, J., Všianský, D.: Bertrandit a další minerály Be. Minerál, 2009, roč. 17, speciál, s. 48-53.
  • Kainuu
    • Kajaani
Marmo, Vladi et al 1966. On the granites of Honkamäki and Otanmäki, Finland, with special reference to the mineralogy accessories. Bulletin de la Commission Géologique de Finlande n:o 221, 34p. illus.
  • Satakunta
    • Eurajoki
Al-Ani, Thair and Sarapää, Olla 2011.REE Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Tin-bearing Greisens and Wall Rocks in Eurajoki Rapakivi granite, SW Finland.Julkaisusarja: GTK:n arkistoraportit.
  • Uusimaa
    • Myrskylä
Mattila, E., 1983. Be-Ta pitoisen pegmatiitin tutkimukset, Rautaruukki oy, N:o OU 9/83
  • Hiroshima
    • Mihara City
Yoshikazu Aoki, Noboru Hida (1974) Geology and Genesis of Beryllium Ore Deposit, Mihara Mine, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Mining Geology 24:201-211
    • Shoubara City
      • Saijo
Natural History Museum Vienna collection; Dr. Matsuo Nambu collection (curated by the Geological Survey of Japan)
  • Hyogo
    • Asago City
      • Ikuno-cho-ono
Yamada, S. (2004) Nihonsan-koubutsu Gojuon-hairetsu Sanchi-ichiranhyou (111 pp.)
  • Kyoto
    • Kameoka City
Tsuruta et al. (2005) Chigaku Kenkyu, 54, 89-93.
  • Yamaguchi
    • Iwakuni City
Econ Geol (1980) 75:1066-1082
Ohe Rikosya specimens
  • East Kazakhstan
P.M. Kartashov data
  • Chihuahua
    • Aquiles Serdán Municipality
Museum of Natural History London analysis
  • Buskerud
    • Øvre Eiker
      • Gunhildrud
Sunde, Ø., Selbekk, R.S., Friis, H. & Andersen, T. (2013): Bakstevalåsen, en unik Be-Sn-B pegmatitt. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 50, 43-48
  • Nordland
    • Rana
Grauch et al. (1994): Høgtuvaite, a new beryllian member of the aenigmatite group fom Norway, with x-ray data on aenigmatite. Canadian Mineralogist. 32: 439-448.
  • Chelyabinsk Oblast
    • Argayashsky District
Am. Min. 90:1402-1412 (2005)
  • Republic of Karelia
    • Ladoga Region
      • Pitkyaranta District (Pitkäranta District)
No reference listed
  • Tuva
USGS Open File Report 2005-1252 p120
  • Hiraan Region
Nimis, P., Molin, G., Visonà, D. (1996) Crystal chemistry of danalite from Daba Shabeli Complex (N Somalia). Mineralogical Magazine 60:2, 375-378.
  • Örebro County
    • Lindesberg
Kjell Gatedal
    • Ljusnarsberg
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols
Nysten,P. & Gustafsson, L.(2006): I jakt på sällsynta mineral. Geologiskt forum nr 49, 22-25
Econ Geol (1992) 87:1624-1634
  • Stockholm County
    • Nynäshamn
Otter, B. (1990). Nye mineral från Stora Vika. Stuffen (Medlemsblad för Södertörn Amatörgeologiska Sällskap). Nr 40 (Mar. 1990), 13
  • England
    • Cornwall
      • Lanivet
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols
      • Lostwithiel
Goley, P. and Williams R. (1995) Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications
      • Mylor
(Ryback et al. 1998, 2001)
      • Redruth
        • Tarewaste
Goley, P. and Williams R. (1995) Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications
      • St Just
        • Botallack
          • Cliff outcrops
Golley, P. & Williams, R. (1995): Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications (Truro), 104 pp.
        • Trewellard
Goley, P. and Williams R. (1995) Cornish Mineral Reference Manual. Endsleigh Publications
  • Northern Ireland
    • Co. Down
      • Mourne Mts
        • Newcastle
Green, D.I., Bell, R. & Moreton, S. (2005) UK J. Mines & Minerals, No. 25, p.25-30.
  • Arizona
    • Yavapai Co.
      • Black Hills (Black Hill Range)
        • Verde District
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 198.
  • Colorado
    • El Paso Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) Eckel, E. B.
Rocks & Minerals (Sept. 2001)
  • Massachusetts
    • Essex Co.
Palache, C. (1907): Phenakite as an Alteration Product of Danalite From Gloucester, Mass. (American Journal of Science 24:252-255); Yale Peabody Museum no. 3290.
P Cristofono collection, 2009
Sears, John Henry (1905): The Physical Geography, Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology of Essex County
P. Cristofono collection
Handbook of Mineralogy - Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols; Yale Peabody Museum no. 777; Sears, J. H.(1905): The Physical Geography, Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology of Essex County.
McKinstry, H. E. (1921): The Minerals of Rockport, Massachusetts (American Mineralogist 6:56-60).
  • New Hampshire
    • Carroll Co.
      • Albany
Rocks & Minerals 80:4 pp242-261; Rocks and Minerals, (1990) 65:286-296
No reference listed
        • SSW of Blackberry Crossing
          • Blue Mountain
Rocks & Minerals 80:4 pp242-261; Rocks & Min. July-Aug 2005
      • Bartlett
Yuzhou Li (1990): Geology and Prospecting 26(6), 29-35; Peter Dunn (1976) Genthelvite and the helvine group. Mineralogical Magazine, 40:627-636; Barton, W. & C. E. Goldsmith (1968) New England Beryllium investigations. US Bureau Mines RI 7070
      • Hale's Location
Rocks and Minerals, (1990) 65:286-296
      • Jackson
Art Smith (2001) Mineral News, 17, #3, 1-7.; USGS Bull 1312D
      • Madison
Rocks & Min 80:245; USGS Bull 1312D
    • Grafton Co.
      • Bethlehem
Rocks & Minerals Vol.65 No.4; Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index
  • New Mexico
    • Luna Co.
http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/staff/dunbar/abstract/dm99.html. Virginia T. McLemore, Nelia Dunbar, Matt T. Heizler, Kelly Donahue (2000): Geology and mineral deposits of the Victorio mining district, Luna County , New Mexico- Preliominary observations, New Mexico Geologic Society Guidebook, 51st field Conference, Southwest passage – A trip through the Phanerozoic, pp267-278
    • Sierra Co.
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; USGS Bull 945C
    • Taos Co.
Northrop, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. Ed., 1996
Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
  • Rhode Island
    • Providence Co.
      • Cumberland
Miller, C. E. (1971) Rhode Island Minerals and their Localities, O. D. Hermes, Ed., University of Rhode Island, Kingston; Rocks & Minerals (1986): 61: 286-289
  • Thai Nguyen Province
Richards, J. P., Dang, T., Dudka, S. F., & Wong, M. L. (2003). The Nui Phao tungsten-fluorite-copper-gold-bismuth deposit, northern Vietnam: An opportunity for sustainable development. Exploration and Mining Geology, 12(1-4), 61-70.
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