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About BrendeliteHide

Christian Friedrich Brendel
dark brown, black
Adamantine, Vitreous
Specific Gravity:
6.83 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named for Christian Friedrich Brendel (26 December 1776 in Neustädtel - 20 November 1861 in Freiberg), mining Director at Schneeberg-Neustädtel, in recognition of his development and application of mechanized mining technology.
Structurally related to namibite. One of three Bi-Fe phosphate minerals beside paulkellerite and zaïrite.

Phosphate and hydroxyl groups are disordered. An ordered structure model was built basing on a doubled parameter b. The structure details/elements:
- FeO6 octahedra
- PO4 tetrahedra
- Fe2(Oo)4(Oh)2(PO4)2 chains || [010], formed by corner-sharing of the above polyhedra (first type of chains)
- hydrogen bonds, that link the chains in (100)
- edge-connected (Bi,Pb)[1+4]O5 polyhedra, that form (Bi,Pb)2(Oo)2(Op)2 chains || [010] (second type of chains).
Chains of the first and second type have common corners and edges.

Classification of BrendeliteHide

Approval Year:

B : Phosphates, etc., with additional anions, without H2O
M : With medium-sized and large cations, (OH, etc.):RO4 = 4:1

Physical Properties of BrendeliteHide

Adamantine, Vitreous
dark brown, black
light brown
4½ on Mohs scale
None Observed
6.83 g/cm3 (Calculated)
couldn't be measured

Optical Data of BrendeliteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 2.060 nβ = 2.150 nγ = 2.190
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.130
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
r < v strong
dark brown to opaque (Y=Z), light brown to brown (X)

Chemical Properties of BrendeliteHide

IMA Formula:
Common Impurities:

Crystallography of BrendeliteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 12.278(2) Å, b = 3.815(1) Å, c = 6.899(1) Å
β = 111.14(1)°
a:b:c = 3.218 : 1 : 1.808
Unit Cell V:
301.4 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
5.726 (54)
3.372 (77)
3.322 (37)
3.217 (46)
3.011 (100)
2.863 (34)
2.750 (62)

Type Occurrence of BrendeliteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
tabular to blocky crystals to 0.3 mm, hemispheres with a radiating structure to 3 mm across.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Staatliches Museum für Mineralogie und Geologie, Dresden, Germany.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
secondary, very rare, in dump material of a Bi-Co-Ni-Ag deposit
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of BrendeliteHide

Other Language Names for BrendeliteHide

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.BM.Betpakdalite-NaNa[Na2(H2O)16Na(H2O)6][Mo8As2Fe3+3O33(OH)4] Mon. 2/m : B2/m
8.BM.05Retzian-(Ce)Mn2+2Ce(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pban
8.BM.05Retzian-(La)(Mn2+,Mg)2(La,Ce,Nd)(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pban
8.BM.05Retzian-(Nd)Mn2+2(Nd,Ce,La)(AsO4)(OH)4Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pban
8.BM.10Paulkellerite(BiO)2Fe3+(PO4)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : B2/b
8.BM.10KolitschitePbZn0.5Fe3(AsO4)2(OH)6Mon. 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 BrendeliteHide

Reference List:
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Krause, W., Bernhardt, H.-J., McCammon, C., and Effenberger, H. (1998) Brendelite, (Bi,Pb)2Fe3+,2+O2(OH)(PO4), a new mineral from Schneeberg, Germany: description and crystal structure. Mineralogy and Petrology: 63: 263-277.
Jambor, J.L., Pertsev, N.N., and Roberts, A.C. (1999) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 84: 1195-1198.
Lapis (2005) 30(7/8): 67.
Anthony, J.W., Bideaux, R.A., Bladh, K.W. and Nichols, M.C., Eds. Handbook of Mineralogy, Mineralogical Society of America, Chantilly, VA 20151-1110, USA. http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/ (2016)

Internet Links for BrendeliteHide

Localities for BrendeliteHide

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.
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirge District
      • Johanngeorgenstadt District
        • Johanngeorgenstadt
Gröbner, J., Grimm, O. & Zienau, H. (2005): Neufunde interessanter Wismut- und Uranmineralien am Schaarschacht, Johanngeorgenstadt, Sachsen. Lapis 30 (6), 44-51; 62.
      • Schneeberg
        • Neustädtel
Krause, W., Bernhardt, H.-J., McCammon, C., and Effenberger, H. (1998) Brendelite, (Bi,Pb)2Fe3+,2+O2(OH)(PO4), a new mineral from Schneeberg, Germany: description and crystal structure. Mineralogy and Petrology: 63: 263-277.; Jambor, J.L., Pertsev, N.N., and Roberts, A.C. (1999) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 84: 1195-1198.
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