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About ErlianiteHide

Crystal System:
This page provides mineralogical data about Erlianite.

Classification of ErlianiteHide


9 : SILICATES (Germanates)
H : Unclassified silicates
C : With Mn, Fe

78 : Unclassified Silicates
5 :

14 : Silicates not Containing Aluminum
14 : Silicates of V and Bi

Physical Properties of ErlianiteHide

3½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of ErlianiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.667 nβ = 1.674 nγ = 1.679
Measured: 56° to 59°, Calculated: 80°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.012
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
r > v or r < v

Chemical Properties of ErlianiteHide

IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of ErlianiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 23.2 Å, b = 9.2 Å, c = 13.18 Å
a:b:c = 2.522 : 1 : 1.433
Unit Cell V:
2,813.14 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of ErlianiteHide

Synonyms of ErlianiteHide

Other Language Names for ErlianiteHide

Simplified Chinese:二连石
Traditional Chinese:二連石

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
1 photo of Erlianite associated with QuartzSiO2

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

9.HC.10BostwickiteCaMn6Si3O16 · 7H2OOrth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

14.14.1CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
14.14.2PentagoniteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2OOrth. mm2
14.14.7EulytineBi4(SiO4)3Iso. 4 3m : I4 3d
14.14.8BismutoferriteFe3+2Bi(SiO4)2(OH)Mon. m : Bm

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 ErlianiteHide

Reference List:
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Feng Xiancan, Yang Ruiying, Song Guisen, Li Chenggui, and Lu Guojun (1986): Erlianite, a new vanadium- and iron-bearing silicate mineral. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 6(4), 333-337. - American Mineralogist (1987), 72, 1023-1024 (abstract).
Feng, X., Yang, R. (1986): Erlianite, a new vanadium- and iron-bearing silicate mineral. Mineralogical Magazine 50, 285-289.

Internet Links for ErlianiteHide

Localities for ErlianiteHide

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.
China (TL)
  • Inner Mongolia
    • Xilingol League (Xilinguole Prefecture)
      • Erenhot City (Erlianhaote Co.)
        • Wenduermiao Fe deposit
Feng Xiancan, Yang Ruiying, Song Guisen, Li Chenggui, and Lu Guojun (1986): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 6(4), 333-337; Feng, X., Yang, R. (1986): Erlianite, a new vanadium- and iron-bearing silicate mineral. Mineralogical Magazine 50, 285-289.
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