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About GaspéiteHide

Light green
Vitreous, Dull
4½ - 5
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Member of:
After the type locality: Gaspé Peninsula, Lemieux Township, Gaspé-Ouest Co., Québec, Canada

Classification of GaspéiteHide


A : Carbonates without additional anions, without H2O
B : Alkali-earth (and other M2+) carbonates

1 : A(XO3)

11 : Carbonates
14 : Carbonates of Co and Ni

Physical Properties of GaspéiteHide

Vitreous, Dull
Light green
Green, yellow
4½ - 5 on Mohs scale
Good {1011}
3.71(1) g/cm3 (Measured)    3.748 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of GaspéiteHide

Uniaxial (-)
RI values:
nω = 1.830 nε = 1.610
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.220
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of GaspéiteHide


Crystallography of GaspéiteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 4.621 Å, c = 14.93 Å
a:c = 1 : 3.231
Unit Cell V:
276.10 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

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Radiation - Copper Kα
Data Set:
Data courtesy of RRUFF project at University of Arizona, used with permission.

Type Occurrence of GaspéiteHide

Synonyms of GaspéiteHide

Other Language Names for GaspéiteHide


Relationship of Gaspéite to other SpeciesHide

Member of:
Other Members of this group:
CalciteCaCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
MagnesiteMgCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
OtaviteCdCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
RhodochrositeMnCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
SideriteFeCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
SmithsoniteZnCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
SpherocobaltiteCoCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
Forms a series with:

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
22 photos of Gaspéite associated with GillarditeCu3Ni(OH)6Cl2
6 photos of Gaspéite associated with WidgiemoolthaliteNi5(CO3)4(OH)2 · 5H2O
5 photos of Gaspéite associated with MaucheriteNi11As8
5 photos of Gaspéite associated with GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
5 photos of Gaspéite associated with PecoraiteNi3(Si2O5)(OH)4
5 photos of Gaspéite associated with NullaginiteNi2(CO3)(OH)2
4 photos of Gaspéite associated with AnnabergiteNi3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
4 photos of Gaspéite associated with KambaldaiteNaNi4(CO3)3(OH)3 · 3H2O
3 photos of Gaspéite associated with Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
3 photos of Gaspéite associated with Hydrohonessite(Ni1-xFe3+x)(OH)2(SO4)x/2 · nH2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.AB.05CalciteCaCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.05MagnesiteMgCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.05OtaviteCdCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m)
5.AB.05RhodochrositeMnCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.05SideriteFeCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.05SmithsoniteZnCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.05SpherocobaltiteCoCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
5.AB.10AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2Trig. 3 : R3
5.AB.10DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2Trig. 3 : R3
5.AB.10KutnohoriteCaMn2+(CO3)2Trig. 3 : R3
5.AB.10MinrecorditeCaZn(CO3)2Trig. 3 : R3
5.AB.15AragoniteCaCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.AB.15CerussitePbCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.AB.15StrontianiteSrCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.AB.15WitheriteBaCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
5.AB.20VateriteCaCO3Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
5.AB.25HuntiteCaMg3(CO3)4Trig. 3 2 : R3 2
5.AB.30NorsethiteBaMg(CO3)2Trig. 3 2 : R3 2
5.AB.40OlekminskiteSr(Sr,Ca,Ba)(CO3)2Trig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
5.AB.45BarytocalciteBaCa(CO3)2Mon. 2/m : P21/m
5.AB.50Carbocernaite(Ca,Na)(Sr,Ce,Ba)(CO3)2Orth. mm2
5.AB.55BenstoniteBa6Ca6Mg(CO3)13Trig. 3 : R3
5.AB.60JuangodoyiteNa2Cu(CO3)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Dana Grouping (8th Ed.)Hide 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m) : R3c 3m (3 2/m)

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.14.1SpherocobaltiteCoCO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
11.14.4HellyeriteNiCO3 · 5.5H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
11.14.5OtwayiteNi2(CO3)(OH)2 · H2OOrth.
11.14.6ZaratiteNi3(CO3)(OH)4 · 4H2O ?Iso.
11.14.7KambaldaiteNaNi4(CO3)3(OH)3 · 3H2OHex.
11.14.8Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2Mon. 2/m : P21/b
11.14.10ReevesiteNi6Fe3+2(OH)16(CO3) · 4H2OTrig.
11.14.11ComblainiteNi4Co2(OH)12[CO3] · 3H2OTrig.
11.14.12Szymańskiite[H3O]+8[Hg2]2+8(Ni,Mg)6[CO3]12(OH)12 · 3H2OHex.

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 GaspéiteHide

Reference List:
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KOHLS, D.W. & RODDA, J.L. (1966): Gaspéite, (Ni,Mg,Fe)(CO3), a new carbonate from the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec. American Mineralogist 51, 677-684.
PERTLIK, F. (1986): Structures of hydrothermally synthesized cobalt (II) carbonate and nickel (II) carbonate. Acta Crystallographica C42, 4-5.
Reviews in Mineralogy, Mineralogical Society of America: 11.
Anthony, J.W. et al (2003): Handbook of Mineralogy, vol 5, 239. []

Internet Links for GaspéiteHide

Localities for GaspéiteHide

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.
  • Tasmania
    • Waratah-Wynyard municipality
      • Heazlewood district
Anderson, P., Bottrill, R. & Davidson, P. (2002): Famous mineral localities: The Lord Brassey mine, Tasmania. Mineralogical Record 33, 321-332
    • West Coast municipality
      • Trial Harbour district
Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
  • Western Australia
    • Coolgardie Shire
Canadian Mineralogist, Vol. 1l pp.26-32 (1973)
        • Kambalda Nickel mines
          • Juan complex
AM 70 (1985), 419; Mineralogical Magazine 1981 44 : 333-337.; Fetherston, J. M., Stocklmayer, S. M. and Stocklmayer, V. C. (2013): Gemstones of Western Australia. Mineral Resources Bulletin 25, Geological Survey of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 306 pp.
      • Widgiemooltha
Am.Min.: 78: 819-821.; Nickel E H, Robinson B W, Mumme W G (1993) Widgiemoolthalite: the new Ni analogue of hydromagnesite from Western Australia. American Mineralogist 78, 819-821; Clissold, M. E. (2007) Aspects of the Supergene Geochemistry of Copper, Nickel and Bismuth. PhD Thesis University of Sydney, Australia 162pp.
Jim Daly collection; Fetherston, J. M., Stocklmayer, S. M. and Stocklmayer, V. C. (2013): Gemstones of Western Australia. Mineral Resources Bulletin 25, Geological Survey of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 306 pp.
    • East Pilbara Shire
      • Nullagine
Nickel, E. H.; Hallbert, J. A.; Halligan, R. (1979): Unusual nickel mineralization at Nullagine, Western Australia. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia 26, 61-71.
    • Leonora Shire
      • Leinster
E. H. Nickel, E.H. et al. (1977) Eardleyite as a product of the supergene alteration of nickel sulfides in Western Australia. American Mineralogist; June 1977; v. 62; no. 5-6; p. 449-457
    • Menzies Shire
      • Menangina Station
Min Mag (1979) 43, 97-98; Matthew J. Sciberras, Peter Leverett, Peter A. Williams, David E. Hibbs, Peter J. Downes, Mark D. Welch and Anthony R. Kampf (2013) Paratacamite-(Ni,Cu3(Ni,Cu)Cl2(OH)6, a new mineral from the Carr Boyd Rocks mine, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 17:39-44
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Sarajevo Canton
      • Vareš
Bermanec, V., Sijaric, G., Kniewald, G., and Mandarino, J.A. (2000): The Canadian Mineralogist 38, 1371-1376.
Canada (TL)
  • Québec
    • Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
      • La Haute-Gaspésie RCM
        • Mont-Albert
KOHLS, D.W. & RODDA, J.L. (1966): Gaspéite, (Ni,Mg,Fe)(CO3), a new carbonate from the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec. American Mineralogist 51, 677-684.
  • Hesse
    • Kassel Region
      • Hersfeld-Rotenburg
        • Nentershausen
          • Süß
            • Richelsdorf Smelter
S. Weiß: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1992
  • Attica
    • East Attica
      • Lavreotiki
        • Lavrion Mining District
          • Km 3
            • Km 3 mines
No reference listed
  • Sardinia
    • South Sardinia Province
      • Iglesias
AA. VV., 1996. Collezionare minerali. Hobby & Work
Ref. Cadorni E, Forti P., Perna G. (1986) - La gaspeite magnesifera della miniera di S. Benedetto (CA) - Riv. Miner. Ital., Milano, fasc. 2, 1986, pp. 62-67
  • Aichi Prefecture
    • Shinshiro city
Matsubara, S. and Kato A. (1993) Jour. Japan Ass. Min. Petr. Economic Geology, 88(11), 515-524 (in japanese).
  • Aktobe Region
    • Kargaly
P.M. Kartashov data
South Africa
  • Limpopo
    • Vhembe District
Minerals of South Africa
Cairncross, B. and Dixon, R., (1995) Minerals of South Africa. The Geological Society of South Africa.
  • Mpumalanga
    • Ehlanzeni District
      • Barberton
Am. Min. 61, 502 (1976)
  • Catalonia
    • Tarragona
      • Priorat
        • Bellmunt del Priorat
Joan Abella i Creus (2008): Minerals I Mines De La Conca De Bellmunt Del Priorat.
  • Dodoma Region
Graetsch, H. A. (2011): Microstructure and origin of colour of chrysoprase from Haneti (Tanzania). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 188, 111-117.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Lancaster Co.
      • State Line Chromite Mining District
        • Fulton Township
Garcia-Guinea, J., La Iglesia, A., Crespo-Feo, E., Gonzalez del Tanago, J., Correcher, V. (2013) The status of zaratite: investigation of the type specimen from Cape Ortegal, Galicia, Spain. European Journal of Mineralogy 25:6, 995-1004.
  • Midlands
    • Gweru District (Gwelo District)
Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 17, pp.337-349 (1979)
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