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Merrihueite Mineral Data

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General Merrihueite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: (K,Na)2(Fe++,Mg)5Si12O30
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 1,126.96 gm
   Potassium   5.20 %  K     6.27 % K2O
   Sodium      1.02 %  Na    1.37 % Na2O
   Magnesium   2.70 %  Mg    4.47 % MgO
   Iron       18.58 %  Fe   23.91 % FeO
   Silicon    29.91 %  Si   63.98 % SiO2
   Oxygen     42.59 %  O
             ______        ______ 
             100.00 %      100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: K1.5Na0.5Fe2+3.75Mg1.25Si12O30
Help on Environment: Environment: Rare, in a few chondules of a chondrite, as inclusions in clinopyroxenes.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 1965
Help on Locality: Locality: In the Mez´┐Żo-Madaras chondritic meteorite. Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Craig M. Merrihue (?-1965), meteoriticist, of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Help on Name Pronunciation: Name Pronunciation: Merrihueite + Pronunciation Say MERRIHUEITE
Help on Synonym: Synonym: ICSD 2717
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  Merrihueite   Chayesite

Comments: A sharp, chemically zoned crystal of copper-brown merrihueite(?) (see Lapis-Magazine 4/2002 Page 38/39) overgrown on bluish chayesite.
Location: Basalt quarry, Pauliberg Mt., Kobersdorf, Oberpullendorf, Burgenland, Austria. Scale: Crystal Size 0.15 cm.
© Jeff Weissman / Photographic Guide to Mineral Species

Merrihueite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.40944
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 10.16, c = 14.32, Z = 2; V = 1,280.15 Den(Calc)= 2.92
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Hexagonal - Dihexagonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (6/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 6/mcc
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.774(1), 3.73(1), 3.23(0.9),
 

Physical Properties of Merrihueite

Help on Color: Color: Greenish blue.
Help on Density: Density: 2.87
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Transparent
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 5-6 - Between Apatite and Orthoclase
Help on Luster: Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Help on Streak: Streak: white
 

Optical Properties of Merrihueite

Help on Gladstone-Dale: Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= 0.011 (Superior) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= 0.028 (Excellent) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1961,KPDmeas= 0.1996,KC= 0.2019
Ncalc = 1.58 - 1.59
Help on Optical Data: Optical Data: Uniaxial (-), e=1.559-1.592, w=1.57, bire=0.0110-0.0220.
 

Calculated Properties of Merrihueite

Help on Electron Density: Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=2.82 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Merrihueite =2.87 gm/cc.
Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.02
Boson Index = 0.98
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEMerrihueite = 7.24 barns/electron
U=PEMerrihueite x relectron= 20.46 barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity:

GRapi = 73.90 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Concentration of Merrihueite per GRapi unit = 1.35 (%)

Estimated Radioactivity from Merrihueite - barely detectable

 

Merrihueite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: 63.02.01a.05 (63)Cyclosilicate Condensed Rings
  (63.02)6-membered rings
  (63.02.01a)Milarite - Osumilite group (Milarite - Osumilite subgroup)
 
63.02.01a.01 Brannockite KSn2Li3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.02 Chayesite K(Mg,Fe)4Fe(Si12O30) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.03 Darapiosite KNa2Zr[Li(Mn,Zr)2Si12O30] P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.04 Eifelite KNa3Mg4Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.05 Merrihueite (K,Na)2(Fe,Mg)5Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.06 Osumilite-(Fe) (K,Na)(Fe,Mg)2(Al,Fe)3(Si,Al)12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.07 Osumilite-(Mg) (K,Na)(Mg,Fe)2(Al,Fe)3(Si,Al)12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.08 Poudretteite KNa2B3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.09 Sugilite KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.10 Yagiite (Na,K)3Mg4(Al,Mg)6(Si,Al)24O60 P 6/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.11 Dusmatovite K(K,Na,[])(Mn,Y,Zr)2(Zn,Li)3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.12 Milarite K2Ca4Al2Be4Si24O60•(H2O) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.13 Sogdianite (K,Na)2(Li,Fe,Al)3ZrSi12O30 P 6/mmm 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.14 Roedderite (Na,K)2(Mg,Fe)5Si12O30 P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.15 Berezanskite! KLi3Ti2Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.16 Shibkovite! K(Ca,Mn,Na)2(K2-x,[]x)2ZnSi12O30(x~0.8) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.17 Trattnerite! (Fe,Mg)2(Mg,Fe)3(Si12O30) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.18 Almarudite! K([],Na)2(Mn,Fe,Mg)2(Be,Al)3[Si12O30] P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.19 Oftedalite! (Sc,Ca)2KBe3Si12O30 P 6/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.20 Klochite ([]1Na1)KFe2Zn3[Si12O30] P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
63.02.01a.21 Friedrichbeckeite! K([],Na)Mg2(Be2Mg)Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 09.CM.05 09 - SILICATES (Germanates)
  09.C - Cyclosilicates
  09.CM -[Si6O18]12- 6-membered double rings (sechser-Doppelringe)
 
09.CM.05 Brannockite KSn2Li3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Armenite BaCa2Al6Si9O30•2(H2O) Pnc2 mm2
 
09.CM.05 Berezanskite! KLi3Ti2Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Dusmatovite K(K,Na,[])(Mn,Y,Zr)2(Zn,Li)3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Chayesite K(Mg,Fe)4Fe(Si12O30) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Shibkovite! K(Ca,Mn,Na)2(K2-x,[]x)2ZnSi12O30(x~0.8) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Eifelite KNa3Mg4Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Darapiosite KNa2Zr[Li(Mn,Zr)2Si12O30] P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Merrihueite (K,Na)2(Fe,Mg)5Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Roedderite (Na,K)2(Mg,Fe)5Si12O30 P 63/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Milarite K2Ca4Al2Be4Si24O60•(H2O) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Osumilite-(Fe) (K,Na)(Fe,Mg)2(Al,Fe)3(Si,Al)12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Osumilite-(Mg) (K,Na)(Mg,Fe)2(Al,Fe)3(Si,Al)12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Poudretteite KNa2B3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Sugilite KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30 P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Sogdianite (K,Na)2(Li,Fe,Al)3ZrSi12O30 P 6/mmm 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Oftedalite! (Sc,Ca)2KBe3Si12O30 P 6/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Yagiite (Na,K)3Mg4(Al,Mg)6(Si,Al)24O60 P 6/mmc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Trattnerite! (Fe,Mg)2(Mg,Fe)3(Si12O30) P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 
09.CM.05 Almarudite! K([],Na)2(Mn,Fe,Mg)2(Be,Al)3[Si12O30] P 6/mcc 6/m 2/m 2/m
 

Other Merrihueite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AntBidBlaNic2) PHYS. PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990) OPTIC PROP.(Enc. of Minerals,2nd ed.,1990)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Merrihueite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - EUROmin Project
4 - Ecole des Mines de Paris
5 - GeoScienceWorld
6 - Google Images
7 - Google Scholar
8 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
9 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
10 - MinDAT
11 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
12 - Online Mineral Museum
13 - QUT Mineral Atlas
14 - Ruff.Info
15 - WWW-MINCRYST

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Merrihueite

(K,Na)2(Fe++,Mg)5Si12O30
Dana No: 63.02.01a.05 Strunz No: 09.CM.05
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