Stanleyite, a New Vanadium Sulphate Mineral from Peru

A. Livingstone
Department of Geology, Royal Scottish Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Abstract: Stanleyite, a cobalt-blue mineral, occurs as efflorescent outgrowths on patronite from Cerro de Pasco, Minasragra, Peru. The determined composition is very close to the ideal formula VOSO4.6H2O and yields an empirical formula of V1.01O1.01S0.99O3.99 5.78H2O on the basis of O = 5 in the anhydrous part. X-ray powder data (31 lines) indexed on an orthorhombic cell give a 12.12, b 9.71, and c 14.92Å, cell volume 1755.8Å3 and Z = 8. Refractive indices are α 1.505, β 1.519, and γ 1.533, D is 1.95 (measured) and 2.01 (calculated), H = 1−1½ (Mohs). Thermal analysis and X-ray powder data show stanleyite to be quite different from minasragrite (the pentahydrate) which it clearly mimics. Associated minerals are potassium alum, pyrite, and quartz.

Mineralogical Magazine; 1982 v. 45; no. 337; p. 163-166; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1982.045.337.19
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