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About NeighboriteHide

Frank Neighbor
Colorless, cream, pink, red, brown
Vitreous, Greasy, Dull
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
Named in honor of Frank Neighbor (1 December 1906, Harper, Kansas, USA - 13 January 1996, Casper, Wyoming, USA), Sun Oil Co. geologist, Salt Lake City Utah. He made the drill cores, in which the mineral was discovered, available for study.
Related to the K analogue, parascandolaite.

Classification of NeighboriteHide

First Published:

A : Simple halides, without H2O
A : M:X = 1:1, 2:3, 3:5, etc.

1 : AmBX3

8 : Halides - Fluorides, Chlorides, Bromides and Iodides; also Fluoborates and Fluosilicates
4 : Halides of the alkaline earths and Mg

Physical Properties of NeighboriteHide

Vitreous, Greasy, Dull
Transparent, Opaque
Colorless, cream, pink, red, brown
May be zoned
4½ on Mohs scale
3.03(3) g/cm3 (Measured)    3.06 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of NeighboriteHide

r < v weak

Chemical Properties of NeighboriteHide


Crystallography of NeighboriteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.36 Å, b = 7.67 Å, c = 5.5 Å
a:b:c = 0.699 : 1 : 0.717
Unit Cell V:
226.11 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Pseudo-octahedral or pseudocubic crystals, oblong to rounded grains
Polysynthetic and interpenetrant
space group Pbnm

Geological EnvironmentHide

Geological Setting:
Alkaline syenites, granites

Type Occurrence of NeighboriteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Aluminum deficient, dolomitic oil shale
Chao, E.C.T., Evans, H.T., Skinner, B.J., Milton, C. (1961) Neighborite, NaMgF3, a new mineral from the Green River formation, South Ouray, Utah. American Mineralogist: 46: 379-393.

Other Language Names for NeighboriteHide

Relationship of Neighborite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
ParascandolaiteKMgF3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pm3m

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
15 photos of Neighborite associated with SideriteFeCO3
14 photos of Neighborite associated with AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
10 photos of Neighborite associated with GaidonnayiteNa2Zr(Si3O9) · 2H2O
4 photos of Neighborite associated with ElpiditeNa2ZrSi6O15 · 3H2O
3 photos of Neighborite associated with PyrrhotiteFe7S8
2 photos of Neighborite associated with QuartzSiO2
2 photos of Neighborite associated with Rémondite-(Ce)Na3(Ce,Ca,Na)3(CO3)5
1 photo of Neighborite associated with RutileTiO2
1 photo of Neighborite associated with NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.AA.Brontesite(NH4)3PbCl5Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.AA.05MarshiteCuIIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.AA.05Miersite(Ag,Cu)IIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.AA.05NantokiteCuClIso. 4 3m : F4 3m
3.AA.10IodargyriteAgIHex. 6mm : P6mm
3.AA.15BromargyriteAgBrIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.AA.15ChlorargyriteAgClIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.AA.20CarobbiiteKFIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m)
3.AA.20GriceiteLiFIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.AA.20HaliteNaClIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.AA.20SylviteKClIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
3.AA.20VilliaumiteNaFIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
3.AA.25SalammoniacNH4ClIso. 4 3 2
3.AA.25LafossaiteTl(Cl,Br)Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Pm3m
3.AA.30Calomel(Hg2)2+Cl2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
3.AA.30Moschelite(Hg2+2)I2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
3.AA.40ChlorocalciteKCaCl3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.AA.55ChallacolloiteKPb2Cl5Mon. 2/m : P21/b
3.AA.60HephaistositeTlPb2Cl5Mon. 2/m : P21/b

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

8.4.1SellaiteMgF2Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mnm
8.4.3BischofiteMgCl2 · 6H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
8.4.4KorshunovskiteMg2Cl(OH)3 · 4H2OTric.
8.4.5CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnna
8.4.6TachyhydriteCaMg2Cl6 · 12H2OTrig.
8.4.7FluoriteCaF2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.4.8SinjariteCaCl2 · 2H2OTet.
8.4.9AntarcticiteCaCl2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 2 : P3 2 1
8.4.10ChlorocalciteKCaCl3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.4.12JarliteNa(Sr,Na)7MgAl6F32(OH,H2O)2Mon. 2/m
8.4.14TikhonenkoviteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : P21/b
8.4.15AcuminiteSr[AlF4(OH)(H2O)]Mon. 2/m : B2/b
8.4.16FrankdicksoniteBaF2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.4.18BøgvaditeNa2SrBa2Al4F20Mon. 2/m

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 NeighboriteHide

Reference List:
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Chao, E.C.T., Evans, H.T., Skinner, B.J., Milton, C. (1961) Neighborite, NaMgF3, a new mineral from the Green River formation, South Ouray, Utah. American Mineralogist: 46: 379-393.
Fleischer, M. (1962) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 47: 805-812.
International Mineralogical Association (1967) Commission on new minerals and mineral names. Mineralogical Magazine: 36: 131-136.
Mineralogical Record (1990): 21: 325-326.
Lütgert, B., Babel, D. (1992) Kristallstrukturverfeinerungen an natriumtrifluorometallaten NaMF3(M= Mg, Co, Ni, Zn): Oktaederkippung und toleranzfaktor orthorhombischer fluorperowskite. Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie: 616: 133-140.
Pischedda, V., Ferraris, G., Raade, G. (2005) Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study on neighborite (NaMgF3) from Gjerdingselva, Norway. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen: 182: 23-29.
Chen, J., Liu, H., Martin, C.D., Parise, J.B., Weidner, D.J. (2005) Crystal chemistry of NaMgF3 peroskite at high pressure and temperature. American Mineralogist: 90: 1534-1539.
Piilonen, P.C., Rowe, R., Ercit, T.S., Locock, A.J. (2006) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 91: 1452-1457.
Martin, C.D., Crichton, W.A., Liu, H., Prakapenka, V., Chen, J., Parise, J.B. (2006) Rietveld structure refinement of perovskite and post-perovskite phases of NaMgF3 (Neighborite) at high pressures. American Mineralogist: 91: 1703-1706.
Mitchell, R.H., Alexander, M., Cranswick, L.M.D., Swainson, I.P. (2007) A powder neutron diffraction study of the crystal structure of the fluoroperovskite NaMgF3 (neighborite) from 300 to 3.6 K. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 34: 705-712.
Knight, K.S. (2014) A high-resolution powder neutron diffraction study of the crystal structure of neighborite (NaMgF3) between 9 and 440 K. American Mineralogist: 99: 824-838.
Mitchell, R.H., Welch, M.D., Chakhmouradian, A.R. (2017) Nomenclature of the perovskite supergroup: A hierarchical system of classification based on crystal structure and composition. Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 411-461.

Internet Links for NeighboriteHide

Localities for NeighboriteHide

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.
  • Québec
    • Laurentides
      • Deux-Montagnes RCM
        • Oka
Chen, W., Kamenetsky, V. S., & Simonetti, A. (2013). Evidence for the alkaline nature of parental carbonatite melts at Oka complex in Canada. Nature communications, 4, ncomms3687.
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
GRICE, J.D. (1989) Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec: Canada's Most Diverse Mineral Locality. In: Famous mineral localities of Canada. Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited & the National Museum of Natural Sciences, 190 pages: 100-108; 166-175.; HORVÁTH, L., GAULT, R.A. (1990) The mineralogy of Mont Saint-Hilaire. Mineralogical Record, 21, 281-359.
      • Lajemmerais RCM
        • Varennes & St-Amable
          • Saint-Amable sill
R. Tibbit, Horváth & Can. Museum of Nature collections - XRD & EDS
  • Oppland
    • Lunner
Raade, G. & Haug, J. (1980): Rare Fluorides from a soda granite in the Oslo Region, Norway. Mineralogical Record, 11,83-91
  • Murmansk Oblast
    • Khibiny Massif
http://maurice.strahlen.org/kola/khibiny.htm; Barkov, A. Y., Fleet, M. E., Martin, R. F., & Men'Shikov, Y. P. (2006). Sr-Na-REE titanates of the crichtonite group from a fenitized megaxenolith, Khibina alkaline complex, Kola Peninsula, Russia: first occurrence and implications. European journal of mineralogy, 18(4), 493-502.
Khomyakov A P, Aleksandrov V V, Krasnova N I, Ermilov V V, Smolyaninova N N (1982) Bonshtedtite, Na3Fe(PO4)(CO3), a new mineral. Zapiski Vsesoyuznogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva 111, issue 4, 486-490
Khomyakov A P, Aleksandrov V V, Krasnova N I, Ermilov V V, Smolyaninova N N (1982) Bonshtedtite, Na3Fe(PO4)(CO3), a new mineral. Zapiski Vsesoyuznogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva 111, issue 4, 486-490
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
Khomyakov, A.P. (1995): Mineralogy of hyperagpaitic alkaline rocks. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 223 pp.; Yakovenchuk, V.N., Ivanyuk, G.Yu., Pakhomovsky, Ya.A., Men'shikov, Yu.P. (2005): Khibiny. Laplandia Minerals Ltd. (in association with the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland), Apatity, 468 pp.
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
    • Lovozersky District
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Pekov, I. et al (2003): New Data on Minerals: 38: 20-33.
        • Umbozero mine (Umbozerskii mine; Umba Mine)
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow; Khomyakov A P, Shumyatskaya N G, Polezhaeva L T (1992) Shomiokite-(Y), Na3Y(CO3)3·3H2O: a new mineral, Zapiski Vserossijskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva, 121, issue 6 129-132
      • Suoluaiv Mt
  • Zabaykalsky Krai
    • Chitinskaya Oblast
P.M. Karashov data; Savel’eva, V. B., Bazarova, E. P., Khromova, E. A., & Kanakin, S. V. (2017). Fluorides and Fluorcarbonates in Rocks of the Katugin Complex, Eastern Siberia: Indicators of Geochemical Mineral Formation Conditions. Geology of Ore Deposits, 59(7), 561-574.; E. V. Sklyarov, D. P. Gladkochub, A. B. Kotov, A. E. Starikova, V. V. Sharygin, S. D. Velikoslavinsky, A. M. Larin, A. M. Mazukabzov, E. V. Tolmacheva, E. A. Khromova (2016): Genesis of the Katugin rare-metal ore deposit: Magmatism versus metasomatism. Russian Journal of Pacific Geology 10, 155–167.
  • Arusha region
    • Ngorongoro District
Mitchell, R.H. (1997) Carbonate-carbonate immiscibility, neighborite and potassium iron sulphide in Oldoinyo Lengai natrocarbonatite. Mineralogical Magazine: 61: 779-789.; Mattsson, H. B., & Reusser, E. (2010). Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of ashes from an early phase of the explosive September 2007 eruption of Oldoinyo Lengai (Tanzania). Journal of African Earth Sciences, 58(5), 752-763.; Victoria Sekisova, Victor Victorovich Sharygin, A. N. Zaitsev, Stanislav Strekopytov (2015) Liquid Immiscibility Геология и геофизика, 2015, т. 56, № 12, с. 2173—2197
UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
  • Utah
    • Uintah Co.
Am Min 46:379-393
      • Uteland Knoll Mining District (Ouray Mining District)
        • Ouray
Min Rec 8:5 p369
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