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Kovdorskite
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Kovdorskite

  
Kovdorskite is named f
or the Kovdor massif, Russia, in which it was first found.

Discovered in 1979;   IMA status: Valid (IMA Approved 1980).

 

Chemistry

 

 

Chemical Formula:

Mg5(PO4)2(CO3)(OH)2 3(H2O)

 

Hydrated Magnesium Phosphate Carbonate Hydroxide

Molecular Weight:

486.56 gm

Composition: 

Magnesium

13.17 %

Mg

21.83 %

MgO

Aluminum

38.98 %

Al

73.65 %

AlO

Beryllium

1.63 %

Be

4.52 %

BeO

Oxygen

46.23 %

O

 

 

 

100.00 %

 

100.00 %

= TOTAL OXIDE

 

 

 

 

Classification

   

   

Mineral Classification:

Phosphates

Strunz 8th Ed. ID:

7/D.36-10

Nickel-Strunz 10th Ed. ID:

8.DC.22

 

8 : PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, VANADATES
D : Phosphates, etc. with additional anions, with H
2O
C : With only medium-sized cations, (OH, etc.):RO
4 = 1:1 and < 2:1

Related to:

Kovdorskite - Gatumbaite Series

Synonyms:

IMA1979-066

 

 

Crystal Data

   

   

Crystallography:

Orthorhombic - Pyramidal Monoclinic - Prismatic

Crystal Habit:

Rough prismatic crystals, to 2 cm, with measurable {110}, {010}, {580}, {001}, {101}, {111}; granular.

Twinning:

None

 

 

Physical Properties

   

 

Cleavage:

None

Fracture:

Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal

Tenacity:

Brittle

Moh's Hardness:

4.0

Density:

2.28 (g/cm3)

Luminescence:

None

Radioactivity:

Not Radioactive

 

 

Optical Properties

   

   

Color:

Colorless, pale Rose, bright Pink, pale Blue, may be Blue with Pink terminations; colorless to pale rose in transmitted light.

Transparency:

Transparent to Translucent

Luster:

Vitreous

Refractive Index:

1.527 - 1.549  Biaxial ( - )

Birefringence:

0.0220

Dispersion:

Very Weak; r > v

Pleochroism:

None

 

 

Occurances

   

   

Geological Setting:

A very rare mineral in an explosive breccia pipe cutting an iron ore deposit in a carbonatized ultramafic-alkalic intrusive.

Common Associations:

Apatite, Collinsite, Dolomite, Forsterite, Hydrotalcite, Magnesite, Magnetite

Type Locality:

Kovdor Mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia

Year Discovered:

1979

View mineral photos:

Kovdorskite Mineral Photos and Locations

 

 

More Information

   

   

 

Mindat.org
Webmineral.com

 

 


Kovdorskite is a very rare phosphate mineral that is rarely available as a faceted gem. It is only found at one location: the
Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia. This locality is host to a long list of rare and obscure minerals, many of which are unique to the locality. Kovdorskite is a very attractive mineral with well formed crystals of pale blue or pale pink. Some crystals may even be blue with pink terminations.
 

  
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