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General Alarsite Information

Chemical Formula: AlAsO4
Composition: Molecular Weight = 165.90 gm
Aluminum 16.26 % Al 30.73 % Al2O3
Arsenic 45.16 % As 69.27 % As2O5
Oxygen 38.58 % O
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100.00 % 100.00 % = TOTAL OXIDE
Empirical Formula: Al(AsO4)
Environment: A product of fumarolic exhalations.
IMA Status: Approved IMA 1994 (Dana # Added)
Locality: The Tolbachik Main fracture eruption, Kamchatka, Russia. Link
to MinDat.org Location Data.
Name Origin: Named from its chemical composition of Aluminum and Arsenic.
Name Pronunciation: Alarsite
Synonym: ICSD 33254
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Alarsite Image
Comments: Small thread-like alarsite fragment held to
sample peg by a drop of glue.
Location: Tolbachik Volcano, Main Fracture, North
Breakthrough, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. Scale: Peg
Size 2 mm.
Diederik Visser

Alarsite Crystallography
Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:2.23136
Cell Dimensions: a = 5.031, c = 11.226, Z = 3; V = 246.07 Den(Calc)= 3.36
Crystal System: Trigonal - TrapezohedralH-M Symbol (3 2) Space Group: P 3121,P
X Ray Diffraction:
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By Intensity(I/Io): 3.442(1), 4.06(0.31), 4.36(0.2),

Crystal Structure:
drag1 - LMB Manipulate Structure Machatschki F , Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie , 94 (1936) p.222-230, Die
drag2 - RMB Resize/Rotate
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Physical Properties of Alarsite

Cleavage: None
Color: Colorless, Yellowish, Pale green, Bluish.
Density: 3.32 - 3.35, Average = 3.33
Diaphaneity: Transparent
Fracture: Brittle - Generally displayed by glasses and most non-metallic minerals.
Habit: Anhedral Grains - Granular minerals without the expression of crystal
Habit: Encrustations - Forms crust-like aggregates on matrix.
Hardness: 3 - Calcite
Luminescence: Non-fluorescent.
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Streak: white

Optical Properties of Alarsite

Dichroism (e): colorless.
Dichroism (w): colorless.
Gladstone-Dale: CI meas= -0.027 (Excellent) - where the CI = (1-KPDmeas/KC)
CI calc= -0.019 (Superior) - where the CI = (1-KPDcalc/KC)
KPDcalc= 0.1792,KPDmeas= 0.1805,KC= 0.1758
Ncalc = 1.58 - 1.59
Optical Data: Uniaxial (+), w=1.596, e=1.608, bire=0.0120.

Calculated Properties of Alarsite

Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.16 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Alarsite =3.36 gm/cc.
Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.000185164
Boson Index = 0.999814836
Photoelectric: PEAlarsite = 31.58 barns/electron
U=PEAlarsite x rElectron Density= 99.79 barns/cc.
Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Alarsite is Not Radioactive

Alarsite Classification
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Dana Class: (38)Anhydrous Phosphates, etc

(38.04)A+ XO4
(38.04.02)Berlinite Group Berlinite AlPO4 P 3121,P 3221 3 2 Alarsite! AlAsO4 P 3121,P 3221 3 2 Rodolicoite! FePO4 R 3121 3 2
08.A - Phosphates, etc. without additional anions, without H2O
08.AA -With small cations (some also with larger ones)
08.AA.05 Alarsite! AlAsO4 P 3121,P 3221 3 2
08.AA.05 Berlinite AlPO4 P 3121,P 3221 3 2
08.AA.05 Rodolicoite! FePO4 R 3121 3 2

Other Alarsite Information

References: NAME( MinRec) PHYS. PROP.(Am.Min.,Vol.80,p1328,1995) OPTIC
See Also: Links to other databases for Alarsite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - Handbook of Mineralogy (MinSocAm)
7 - Handbook of Mineralogy (UofA)
8 - MinDAT
9 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
10 - Online Mineral Museum
11 - QUT Mineral Atlas
12 - Ruff.Info

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