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About KaribibiteHide

Formerly given as Fe2As4O9.
Crystal System:
Named for the type locality.
A rare iron arsenite. So far, it always originated as a weathering product of löllingite.
Visually similar to ludlockite.
Compare also 'UM1971-02-AsO:Fe'.

The structure seems to have been solved just recently (Mugnaioli, 2016; Colombo et al., 2017). The mineral is unique in being the only arsenite with structurally different anions (chains and dimers simultaneously), and is a representative of a small class of diarsenates(III) (or diarsenites).

Structure details:
(1) Fe3+O6 octahedra form bands along a; the bands are made of ribbons built of 3 edge-sharing octahedra, and the ribbons are joined via apices to give a kinked bond along a;
(2) the above bands are surrounded by (a) chains comprising AsO3 trigonal pyramids, and (b) As2O5 dimers;
(3) the dimers are connected by the O(3) atoms, thus giving zig-zag chains of the (As3+O2)-n stoichiometry.

Classification of KaribibiteHide


4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
J : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites; iodates
A : Arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites; without additional anions, without H2O

10 : AB4X9

23 : Arsenites

Pronounciation of KaribibiteHide

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Debbie WoolfUnited Kingdom

Optical Data of KaribibiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.960 nβ = 2.100 nγ = 2.100
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.140
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High

Chemical Properties of KaribibiteHide


Formerly given as Fe2As4O9.

Crystallography of KaribibiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 7.2558(3) Å, b = 27.992(1) Å, c = 6.5243(3) Å
a:b:c = 0.259 : 1 : 0.233
Unit Cell V:
1325.1 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
2.384 Å(100)
3.176 Å(80)
2.802 Å(80)
3.088 Å(70)
3.496 Å(50)
2.672 Å(45)
6.35 Å(40)

Type Occurrence of KaribibiteHide

Synonyms of KaribibiteHide

Other Language Names for KaribibiteHide


Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
19 photos of Karibibite associated with SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe3+3As3+5O13
18 photos of Karibibite associated with LöllingiteFeAs2
5 photos of Karibibite associated with YukoniteCa3Fe3+(AsO4)2(OH)3 · 5H2O
5 photos of Karibibite associated with PharmacosideriteKFe3+4(AsO4)3(OH)4 · 6-7H2O
4 photos of Karibibite associated with QuartzSiO2
2 photos of Karibibite associated with ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
2 photos of Karibibite associated with FluoriteCaF2
1 photo of Karibibite associated with HematiteFe2O3
1 photo of Karibibite associated with β-RoseliteCa2Co(AsO4)2 · 2H2O
1 photo of Karibibite associated with SkutteruditeCoAs3

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

4.JA.05LeiteiteZn(As2O4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
4.JA.20SchafarzikiteFe2+Sb3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.20TrippkeiteCu2+As3+2O4Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.25ApuaniteFe2+Fe3+4Sb3+4O12STet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc
4.JA.35SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe3+3As3+5O13Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.45LudlockitePbFe3+4As3+10O22Tric. 1 : P1
4.JA.50PaulmooreitePb2[As2O5]Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

23.3LeiteiteZn(As2O4)Mon. 2/m : P21/b
23.5Kuznetsovite(Hg+2)Hg2+(AsO4)ClIso. 2 3 : P21 3
23.6PaulmooreitePb2[As2O5]Mon. 2/m : P21/b
23.7EcdemitePb6Cl4(As2O7)Mon. 2 : P21
23.9FinnemanitePb5(AsO3)3ClHex. 6/m : P63/m
23.10GebharditePb8(As2O5)2OCl6Mon. 2/m : P21/b
23.13RouseitePb2Mn2+[AsO3]2 · 2H2OTric.
23.14FreediteCu+Pb8(AsO3)2O3Cl5Mon. 2/m : B2/m
23.17ArmangiteMn2+26(AsO3)14(HAsO3)4(CO3)Trig. 3 : P3
23.19SchneiderhöhniteFe2+Fe3+3As3+5O13Tric. 1 : P1
23.20Lazarenkoite(Ca,Fe2+)Fe3+As3+3O7 · 3H2OOrth.

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 KaribibiteHide

Reference List:
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von Knorring, O., T.G. Sahama, and P. Rehtijärvi (1973): Karibibite, a new FeAs mineral from South West Africa. Lithos: 6: 265–271.
American Mineralogist (1974): 59: 382.
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)
Mugnaioli, E. (2016): Structure Determination of Karibibite by EDT: New Perspectives for Mineralogy and Material Sciences. MISCA2016, MS6-OP3.
Colombo, F., Mugnaioli, E., Vallcorba, O., Garcia, A., Goñi, A., Rius, J. (2017): Crystal structure determination of karibibite, an Fe3+ arsenite, using electron diffraction tomography. Mineralogical Magazine, 81, 1191-1202.

Internet Links for KaribibiteHide

Localities for KaribibiteHide

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.
  • Minas Gerais
    • Divino das Laranjeiras
Physics Dep. - UFMG - Brazil
Sergio Varvello collection
    • Galiléia
      • Sapucaia do Norte
Luis Menezes
Atencio D, Carvalho F M S, Matioli P A (2004) Coutinhoite, a new thorium uranyl silicate hydrate, from Urucum Mine, Galiléia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. American Mineralogist 89, 721-724
  • Atacama
    • Copiapó Province
      • Tierra Amarilla
        • Pampa Larga district
Kampf, A. R., Mills, S. J., Housley, R. M., Rossman, G. R., Nash, B. P., Dini, M., & Jenkins, R. A. (2013). Joteite, Ca2CuAl [AsO4][AsO3 (OH)] 2 (OH) 2· 5H2O, a new arsenate with a sheet structure and unconnected acid arsenate groups. Mineralogical Magazine, 77(6), 2811-2823.; Kampf, A. R., Mills, S. J., Nash, B. P., Dini, M., & Molina Donoso, A. A. (2015). Tapiaite, Ca5Al2 (AsO4) 4 (OH) 4· 12H2O, a new mineral from the Jote mine, Tierra Amarilla, Chile. Mineralogical Magazine, 79(2), 345-354.
Arturo Molina collection (Jochen Schlüter ID)
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Haute-Vienne
      • Nantiat
        • Vaulry
          • Vaulry Mines
Queneau Patrice collection
  • Maluku Province
    • Wetar Island
Mineralium Deposita (2005) 40: 76–99
  • Oita Prefecture
    • Saiki City
Minato et al (1973) Koubutsu-Gakkai-Kou'en-Youshi, 6.
Uehara, S., et al. (2014) Minerals from Kyushu and Yamaguchi. (Fukuoka Mineral Club, 355 pages)
Masayuki Ohnishi, Norimasa Shimobayashi, Shigetomo Kishi, Mitsuo Tanabe, Shoichi Kobayashi (2013) Talmessite from the Uriya deposit at the Kiura mining area, Oita Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences, 108, No. 2 (April), 116-120.
Voloshin A.V., Pakhomovsky Ya.A., Bakhchisaraitsev A.Yu. (1989) On karibibite and schneiderhohnite from pegmatites of Eastern Kazakhstan, - Novye Dannye o Mineralakh, Moscow, Nauka, 36, pp.129-135 (in Rus.)
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Amerzgane
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
        • Méchoui
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
    • Zagora Province
      • Aït Ahmane
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
      • Oumlil
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
      • Tamdrost
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
Namibia (TL)
  • Erongo Region
Lithos (1973) 6, 265-272
  • Oshikoto Region
    • Tsumeb
Mineralogical Museum Universität Hamburg collection (SEM-EDS- and PXRD-analysed) (Jochen Schlüter pers. commm. to Uwe Kolitsch Sept. 2017)
  • Vestfold
    • Larvik
      • Tvedalen
        • Tuften (Tuften 1 Quarry; Tuften 2 Quarry)
Larsen, A. O. (2013): Contributions to the mineralogy of the syenite pegmatites in the Larvik Plutonic Complex. Norsk Bergverksmuseet Skrift 50, 101-109.
  • Khabarovsk Krai
Alekseev, V. I., & Marin, Y. B. (2015). Composition and evolution of accessory mineralization of Li–F granites in the Far East as indicators of their ore potential. Geology of Ore Deposits, 57(8), 635-644.
  • Andalusia
    • Córdoba
      • Belalcázar
Calvo, M. (2015). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol VII. Fosfatos, Arseniatos y Vanadatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 479 págs.; Rewitzer C., Hochleitner R., Fehr T., Utrera C., Karibibite, schneiderhöhnite, tooeleite and other uncommon secondary minerals in the Nuestra Señora de las Alcantarillas mine, Belalcázar, Córdoba, Spain; MineralUp (Revista de Minerales) No.1 Oct. 2016 Page 9-39
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