Haggertyite: Properties and Occurrences

Haggertyite is a rare barium, iron, magnesium, titanate mineral: Ba(Fe2+6Ti5Mg)O19 first described in 1996 from the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro in Pike County, Arkansas. It is a rare hexagonal mineral, a barium iron magnesium titanate. It was named for geophysicist Stephen E. Haggerty (born 1938) of the Florida International University.

General Information

  • Category: Oxide mineral
  • Formula: Ba(Fe2+6Ti5Mg)O19
  • Crystal system: Hexagonal
  • Crystal class: Dihexagonal dipyramidal (6/mmm)

Fig: Haggertyite – a rare barium, iron, magnesium, titanate mineral

Properties

The microscopic metallic mineral crystallizes in the hexagonal system and forms tiny hexagonal plates associated with richterite and serpentinitized olivine of mafic xenoliths in the lamproite host rock. It is an iron(II) rich member of the magnetoplumbite group. It is a light grey opaque mineral with a calculated Mohs hardness of 5.

  • Color: Gray
  • Crystal habit: Microscopic hexagonal platelets
  • Mohs scale hardness: 5
  • Luster: Metallic
  • Diaphaneity: Opaque
  • Specific gravity: 4.87 (calculated)

Occurrence: In the oxidized zone of Colorado Plateau-type U–V deposits.

Association: Doloresite (USA); pyrite, selenium (Russia).

 

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