Useful Links for Mineralogy

Nomenclature    Software    Mineralogy Databases    Other Links

Nomenclature

International Mineralogical Association - Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (IMA-CNMNC) List of Mineral Names

IMA reports on mineralogical nomenclature:  http://cnmnc.main.jp/imareport.htm​ and http://www.minsocam.org/msa/IMA/

Mineral nomenclature: families, supergroups, and groups

Amorphous mineral species 

Clay Minerals Society Glossary for Clay Science

Online Dictionary of Crystallography - Commission for Crystallographic Nomenclature of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)

Mining terms from: Anglo-American, Cape Breton Miners Museum, Government of Canada, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Software (mineral composition/classification; CIPW normative calculation)

- amphibolePeriodico di Mineralogia 81, 257-267  (2012)
software: http://www_crystal.unipv.it/labcris/AMPH2012.zip
 
Computers & Geosciences 62, January 2014, 1–11
An Excel spreadsheet to classify chemical analyses of amphiboles following the IMA 2012 recommendations
Spreadsheethttps://github.com/AndrewLocock/Amphibole/releases/tag/1.9.8
 
chlorite: Computers & Geosciences 81, 101-113 (2015)
WinCcac.exe zipped form; see also below

European Journal of Mineralogy 27, 617-626 (2015) - chlorite geothermometry

- columbite: Computers & Geosciences 27, 241–248 (2001)
http://www.iamg.org/documents/oldftp/VOL27/v27-2-12.zip
 
- epidote: Periodico di Mineralogia 87 (3) ISSN 2239-1002 (2018)
 
- garnet: Computers & Geosciences 34, 1769-1780 (2008)
https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/eml/files/GTcalc_corr.xlsx
2021 revision including "Hydroandradite".

Computers & Geosciences 36, 406-409 (2010)

American Mineralogist 98, 785-811(2013)
http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/AmMin/TOC/2013/Apr13_Data/Grew_p785-810_13.zip
 
- mica: Computers & Geosciences 29, 1203–1213 (2003); for Windows 7-10 use DOSBox emulator to run
http://www.iamg.org/documents/oldftp/VOL29/v29-10-01.zip
https://www.dosbox.com/   Use Alt-Enter to toggle full-screen mode
 
- perovskite: Computers & Geosciences 113, 106-114 (2018)
Spreadsheet: https://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/1-s2.0-S0098300417309019-mmc1.xlsx
 
- pyroxene: American Mineralogist 98, 1338-1359 (2013), corrections
                    zipped version of WinPyrox executable file, 64-bit installation instructions for Windows7
WinPyroxV.1.07byFuatYAVUZ }

- spinel: European Journal of Mineralogy 31, 183-192 (2019) - nomenclature

           Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences 114, 142-148 (2019)                                                       triangular-prism spreadsheet-based tool: zipped spreadsheets

Mineralogy and Petrology 109, 153-160 (2015) - end-members

Computers & Geosciences 48, 50-56 (2012) - spinel prism visualization                                                         SpinelViz program requires Microsoft Net Framework 2.0 and WindowsXP (equivalent)

- tourmaline: American Mineralogist 96, 895–913 (2011)
associated tourmaline species spreadsheet

Computers & Geosciences 63, 70-87 (2014) { WinTcacV.1.04byFuatYAVUZetal. }

American Mineralogist 101, 111–119 (2016)
associated mole-fraction tourmaline spreadsheet
 
- CIPW normative calculation for classification of igneous rocks:
          Computers & Geosciences 35, 1785–1788 (2009)
https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/eml/files/CIPW_norm_Pruseth_2009.xls
          Journal of Earth System Science 118, 101-113 (2009)
 
- TAS (total alkali - silica diagram) in Excel, after IUGS (Le Maitre, 2002)
 

- Ternary, Tetrahedral, Triangular-prism plotting in Excel:

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 25, 1473-1477 (2000): Tri-plot

American Mineralogist 100, 2545-2547 (2015): Tetrahedral plot diagram
associated deposited item for Tetrahedral plotting
 
Periodico di Mineralogia 85, 115-119 (2016): Tetra-Plot
 
Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences 114, 142-148 (2019)                                                       triangular-prism spreadsheet-based tool: zipped spreadsheets
 
 
- unpublished chlorite and stilpnomelane calculation spreadsheets (updated 2014, 2021)
see also Computers & Geosciences 81, 101-113 (2015), above

- unpublished general formula calculation spreadsheet (April, 2017)

- unpublished XRD method for determination of aragonite-calcite-dolomite mixtures (July, 2018)

- unpublished 16-oxide charge-balance calculation spreadsheet (July, 2019)

- Instructions for App at the ENKI-portal that implements the Fe-Ti two-oxide geothermometer and oxygen-barometer of Ghiorso & Evans (2008)

Molecular Weight Calculator of Matthew Monroe at PNNL (Windows version)

 

Mineralogy Databases

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database - cell dimensions and atomic coordinates

for refined crystal structures of minerals

Athena Mineralogy - rapid search by elements in the mineral formula (or by name or by group)

Database of Educational Crystallographic Online Resources (DECOR)

Handbook of Mineralogy - comprehensive mineral descriptions

mindat.org - mineral information, localities and photographs:

RRUFF  Raman spectra, X-ray diffraction and chemistry data for minerals

webmineral.com - species descriptions with links and an image library

 

Other Links

Links compiled by the European Mineralogical Union

Mineral-Related Links compiled by the Mineralogical Society of America

Links compiled by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Database links compiled by the Mineralogical Society of Antwerp, Belgium

Useful links compiled by the Central Service Laboratory, University of Tasmania (S. Feig; requires sign-in)

 

Electron Microprobe Labs in North America 

2012 compilation by Dr. S.C. Kuehn (Concord University)