Geology of Ore Deposits

, Volume 50, Issue 7, pp 556–564

Karchevskyite, [Mg18Al9(OH)54][Sr2(CO3,PO4)9(H2O,H3O)11], a new mineral species of the layered double hydroxide family

  • S. N. Britvin
  • N. V. Chukanov
  • G. K. Bekenova
  • M. A. Yagovkina
  • A. V. Antonov
  • A. N. Bogdanova
  • N. I. Krasnova
New Minerals


Karchevskyite, a new mineral related to the family of layered double hydroxides (LDHs), has been found in the Iron open pit at the Kovdor carbonatite massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The mineral occurs as spherulites of up to 1.5 mm in diameter composed of thin, curved lamellae. Dolomite, magnetite, quintinite-3T, strontium carbonate, and fluorapatite are associated minerals. Karchevskyite is white in aggregates and colorless in separate platelets. Its luster is vitreous with a pearly shine on the cleavage surface. The new mineral is nonfluorescent. The Mohs hardness is 2. The cleavage is eminent (micalike), parallel to {001}. The measured density is 2.21(2) g/cm3, and the calculated value is 2.18(1) g/cm3. Karchevskyite is colorless and nonpleochroic in immersion liquids. It is uniaxial, negative, ω = 1.542(2), and ɛ = 1.534(2). The chemical composition (electron microprobe, average of ten point analyses, standard deviation in parentheses, wt %) is as follows: 29.7(1.1) MgO, 18.3(0.7) Al2O3, 7.4(0.4) SrO, 0.2(0.1) CaO, 1.3(0.2) P2O5, 14.5(0.4) CO2, and 28.6 H2O (estimated by difference); the total is 100. The empirical formula calculated on the basis of nine Al atoms is Mg18.00Al9.00(OH)54.00(Sr1.79Mg0.48Ca0.09)2.36 (Ca3)8.26(PO4)0.46(H2O)6.54(H3O)4.18. The idealized formula is [Mg18Al9(OH)54][Sr2(CO3, PO4)9(H2O, H3O)11]. The new mineral slowly dissolves in 10% HCl with weak effervescence. Karchevskyite is trigonal; possible space groups are P3, P3, P\( \overline 3 \) 1m, P31m, P312, P312, P3m1, or P3m1; unit-cell dimensions are a = 16.055(6), c = 25.66(1) Å, V = 5728(7) Å3, Z = 3. The strongest reflections in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern [d, (I, %)(hkl)] are: 8.52(10)(003), 6.41(4)(004), 5.13(3)(005), 4.27(6)(006), 3.665(9)(007), 3.547(9)(107), 3.081(6)(315). Wavenumbers of absorption bands in the infrared spectrum of the new mineral are (cm−1; s is shoulder): 3470, 3420s, 3035, 2960s, 1650, 1426, 1366, 1024, 937, 860, 779, 678, 615s, 553, 449, 386. Results of thermogravimetric analysis: total weight loss is 42.0 wt %, with three stages of loss: 12.2%, maximum rate at 230°C; 6.1%, maximum rate at 320°C; and 23.7%, maximum rate at 440°C. Karchevskyite is a late-stage hydrothermal mineral. The mineral is named in memory of Russian mineralogist Pavel Karchevsky (1976–2002), who made a significant contribution to the study of carbonatites. The type material of karchevskyite is deposited at the Mineralogical Museum, Division of Mineralogy, St. Petersburg State University, and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. N. Britvin
    • 1
  • N. V. Chukanov
    • 2
  • G. K. Bekenova
    • 3
  • M. A. Yagovkina
    • 4
  • A. V. Antonov
    • 5
  • A. N. Bogdanova
    • 6
  • N. I. Krasnova
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of GeologySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Problems of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow oblastRussia
  3. 3.Satpaev Institute of GeologyAlmatyKazakhstan
  4. 4.Ioffe Physicotechnical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.Center of Isotopic StudiesRussian Geological Research InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia
  6. 6.Geological Institute, Kola Science CenterRussian Academy of SciencesApatityRussia

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