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Zirklerite

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Formula:
(Fe,Mg,Ca)9Al4Cl18(OH)12 · 14H2O (?)
Colour:
Light grey
Hardness:
Crystal System:
Trigonal
Name:
Named after Bergrat Zirkler, Director of the potash works at Aschersleben (Germany).
This page provides mineralogical data about Zirklerite.


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Classification of ZirkleriteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959), Questionable
3.CJ.30

3 : HALIDES
C : Complex halides
J : With MX6 complexes; M = Fe, Mn, Cu
10.6.5.1

10 : OXYHALIDES AND HYDROXYHALIDES
6 : AmBn(O,OH)pXq
8.6.19

8 : Halides - Fluorides, Chlorides, Bromides and Iodides; also Fluoborates and Fluosilicates
6 : Halides of Al

Physical Properties of ZirkleriteHide

Transparency:
Translucent
Colour:
Light grey
Hardness:
3½ on Mohs scale

Optical Data of ZirkleriteHide

Type:
Uniaxial (+)
RI values:
nω = 1.522 nε = 1.552
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.030
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Low

Chemical Properties of ZirkleriteHide

Formula:
(Fe,Mg,Ca)9Al4Cl18(OH)12 · 14H2O (?)
IMA Formula:
(Fe,Mg)9Al4Cl18(OH)12 · 14H2O (?)
Common Impurities:
Ca

Crystallography of ZirkleriteHide

Crystal System:
Trigonal
Morphology:
Massive; granular to fibrous.

Type Occurrence of ZirkleriteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Breccia-like layers in a bedded evaporite deposit.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for ZirkleriteHide

German:Zirklerit
Spanish:Zirklerita

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.CJ.05ChlormanganokaliteK4[MnCl6]Trig.
3.CJ.05RinneiteK3Na[FeCl6]Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3c
3.CJ.10ErythrosideriteK2[Fe3+Cl5(H2O)]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.CJ.10Kremersite(NH4,K)2[Fe3+Cl5(H2O)]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m)
3.CJ.15MitscherlichiteK2CuCl4 · 2H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m)
3.CJ.20DouglasiteK2[Fe2+Cl4(OH2)2]Mon.
3.CJ.25Redikortsevite(NH4)MgCl3 · 6H2OOrth.

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

8.6.1ZharchikhiteAlF(OH)2Mon.
8.6.2ChloraluminiteAlCl3 · 6H2OTrig.
8.6.3CadwaladeriteAl5(H2O)3(OH)12·n(Cl,H2O)Amor.
8.6.4CryolithioniteNa3Li3[AlF6]2Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
8.6.5CryoliteNa2NaAlF6Mon. 2/m
8.6.6ChioliteNa5Al3F14Tet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/mnc
8.6.7ElpasoliteK2NaAlF6Iso. m3 (2/m 3) : Pa3
8.6.8WeberiteNa2Mg[AlF6]FOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Immm
8.6.9Hydrokenoralstonite Na0.5(Al,Mg)2(F,OH)6•H2O Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fd3m
8.6.10KoeneniteNa4Mg9Al4Cl12(OH)22Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
8.6.11 Chlor-manasseiteMgxAl(OH)2x+2Cl · (x-0.8)H2O
x about 1.75
8.6.12GearksutiteCa[Al(F,OH)5(H2O)]Tric. 1 : P1
8.6.13ProsopiteCaAl2F4[(OH)4-xFx], x = 0.0–1.0Mon. 2/m : B2/b
8.6.14YaroslaviteCa3Al2F10(OH)2 · H2OOrth.
8.6.15CarlhintzeiteCa2[AlF6]F · H2OTric.
8.6.16ColquiriiteCaLi[AlF6]Trig.
8.6.17ThomsenoliteNaCa[AlF6] · H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
8.6.18PachnoliteNaCa[AlF6] · H2OMon. 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 ZirkleriteHide

Reference List:
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Kali, Halle (1928), 22, 157-161.
American Mineralogist (1928): 13: 592.
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: 87.

Internet Links for ZirkleriteHide

Localities for ZirkleriteHide

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.
Germany (TL)
 
  • Lower Saxony
    • Schwarmstedt
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: 87.
 
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