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About NitromagnesiteHide

Mg(NO3)2 · 6H2O
Colourless to white
Specific Gravity:
Crystal System:
In allusion to the composition, being a NITRate of MAGNESIum.
This page provides mineralogical data about Nitromagnesite.

Classification of NitromagnesiteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)

C : With H2O
Dana 7th ed.:

2 : A(XO3)2·xH2O, where x can equal zero

13 : Nitrates

Physical Properties of NitromagnesiteHide

Colourless to white
On {110}.
1.46 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of NitromagnesiteHide

Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.340 nβ = 1.506 nγ = 1.506
Measured: 4° to 6°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.166
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:

Chemical Properties of NitromagnesiteHide

Mg(NO3)2 · 6H2O

Crystallography of NitromagnesiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.19 Å, b = 12.71 Å, c = 6.6 Å
β = 93°
a:b:c = 0.487 : 1 : 0.519
Unit Cell V:
518.54 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Flocculent to earthy efflorescences. Artificial crystals long prismatic [001] with {001} and {110} dominant.

Crystal StructureHide

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0009664NitromagnesiteBraibanti A, Tiripicchio A, Lanfredi A M M, Bigoli F (1979) The crystal structures of nitrates of divalent hexaquocations. II. Hexaquomagnesium nitrate Acta Crystallographica B35 354-3611979synthetic0293
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Type Occurrence of NitromagnesiteHide

Synonyms of NitromagnesiteHide

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Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.NC.10NitrocalciteCa(NO3)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

13.1NitratineNaNO3Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
13.2NiterKNO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmma
13.3GerhardtiteCu2(NO3)(OH)3Orth. 2 2 2 : P21 21 21
13.5NitrocalciteCa(NO3)2 · 4H2OMon. 2/m
13.6NitrobariteBa(NO3)2Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
13.7ButtgenbachiteCu19(NO3)2(OH)32Cl4 · 2H2OHex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
13.8SveiteKAl7(NO3)4(OH)16Cl2 · 8H2OMon.
13.9DarapskiteNa3(SO4)(NO3) · H2OMon. 2/m
13.10HumberstoniteNa7K3Mg2(SO4)6(NO3)2 · 6H2OTrig. 3 : R3
13.11Mbobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 3H2OMon.
13.12Hydrombobomkulite(Ni,Cu)Al4((NO3)2,SO4)(OH)12 · 13-14H2OMon.
13.13Nickelalumite(Ni,Cu)Al4(SO4,(NO3)2)(OH)12 · 3H2OMon.

Other InformationHide

Thermal Behaviour:
Melting Point = 90°.
Readily soluble in water.
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 NitromagnesiteHide

Reference List:
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Naumann, C.F. (1828) Lehrbuch der Mineralogie, Berlin: 263 (as Magnesiasalpeter).
Beudant, F.S. (1832), Trailé élémentaire de Minéralogie, second edition, 2 volumes: 2: 384 (as Nitrate de magnésie)
Shepard C.U. (1832) Treatise on Mineralogy. First edition, vol. 2: 85.
Huot, J.J. (1841) Manuel de Minéralogie. 2 volumes, Paris: 2: 431 (as Magnesinitre).
Marignac (1856) Annales des mines: 9: 31.
Ogérien in: Lacroix, A. (1901) Minéralogie de la France et des ses colonies, Paris. 5 volumes: vol. 3: 414 (French localities).
Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 116.
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Seventh edition, Volume II: 307.

Internet Links for NitromagnesiteHide

Localities for NitromagnesiteHide

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.
  • Queensland
    • Cloncurry Shire
      • Cloncurry
  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
    • Jura
      • Lons-le-Saunier
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 307.
  • Apulia
    • Metropolitan City of Bari
      • Molfetta
        • Pulo di Molfetta
Zimmerman E.A.G. (1789): Viaggio alla nitriera di Molfetta nella terra di Bari in Puglia. Opuscoli scelti, 12, 289-306. Zimmerman E.A.G. (1789): Voyage à la Nitrière naturelle de Molfetta, dans la Terre de Bari en Pouille. Chez Barrois, Libraire, Paris, 49 pp. (abstract: Journal de Physique, 36 (1790), 109-117). Onac B.P., Forti P. (2011): Minerogenetic mechanisms occurring in the cave environment: an overview. International Journal of Speleology, 40, 2, 79-98.
  • Trans-Nzoia County
    • Mount Elgon
Bowell, R. J., Warren, A., & Redmond, I. (1996). Formation of cave salts and utilization by elephants in the Mount Elgon region, Kenya. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 113(1), 63-79.
  • Silesian Voivodeship
    • Wodzisław County
      • Wodzisław Śląski
Kruszewski, Ł., Fabiańska, M.J., Segit, T., Kusy, D., Motyliński, R., Ciesielczuk, J., Deput, E., (2019): Carbon-nitrogen compounds, alcohols, mercaptans, monoterpenes, acetates, aldehydes, ketones, SF6, PH3, and other fire gases in coal-mining waste heaps of Upper Silesian Coal Basin (Poland) – a re-investigation by means of in situ FTIR external database approach. Science of The Total Environment (in press)
  • Crimea
    • Bakhchysarai
      • Skalistoye Village
Dvoichenko P.A. The minerals of Crimea (1914) - Zapiski Krymskogo obshchestva estestvoispytatelei (Proceeding of the Crimea Society of Naturalistes), 1914, vol. 4, p. 1-208 (Rus.) - Popov S.P. Mineralogy of the Crimea (1938). - M.-L., AN SSSR, 1938, 352 p. (Rus.)
South Africa
Cairncross, B., Dixon, R. (1995) Minerals of South Africa. Geological Society of South Africa, PO Box 44283, Linden 2104, South Africa
  • Gauteng
    • City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality
      • Johannesburg
Martini, I. (1978). Mineralogy of the Transvaal caves. South African Journal of Geology, 81(1), 47-54.
    • West Rand District Municipality
      • Far West Rand (West Wits Line)
        • Western Sector
          • Carletonville
Martini, I. (1978). Mineralogy of the Transvaal caves. South African Journal of Geology, 81(1), 47-54.
      • Krugersdorp
Martini, I. (1978). Mineralogy of the Transvaal caves. South African Journal of Geology, 81(1), 47-54.
  • Limpopo
    • Capricorn District
Martini, I. (1978). Mineralogy of the Transvaal caves. South African Journal of Geology, 81(1), 47-54.
  • Basque Country
    • Vizcaya
      • Valle de Carranza
Martínez-Arkarazo, I., Angulo, M., Zuloaga, O., Usobiaga, A., & Madariaga, J. M. (2007). Spectroscopic characterisation of moonmilk deposits in Pozalagua tourist cave (Karrantza, Basque Country, North of Spain). Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 68(4), 1058-1064.
  • Tennessee
    • Marion Co.
Acta Cryst. 14 (1961), 1296
  • Virginia
    • Botetourt Co.
Minerals of Virginia 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
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