The sodalites are a group of cubic aluminosilicate minerals.
Their color is due to complex polymeric sulfide ions. S3-
is responsible for the blue color commonly observed in many
members of the sodalite group.
Visible Spectra (400 - 800 nm)
- Hauyne , from (Eifel,
Rhineland-Palatinate?) Germany. Normalized to 10.0 cm. Colored by
polymeric sulfide ions. Data File: Contributed data from Anton
Vasiliev, LAL, Moscow: hauyne_Germany
, 25 K. Picture: hauyne,
Eifel, Germany, GRR 2029.
- Hauyne, from Mendig
(Eifel Region), Germany. 1.243 mm thick, blue color. Data file:
Contributed data from Janet Harvey, Santa Monica, CA, Hauyne J1, 22 K. Picture: hauyne, Mendig, Germany, 550 K.
- lazurite, GRR 2135. Blue crystals
from Badakhstan, Afghanistan.
- lazurite, CIT 11358. Blue lapis
lazuli containing lazurite from Andes of Ovalle, Coquimbo, Chile
- Tugtupite, GRR 153; red tugtupite from, from Kvanefjeld,
Ilimaussaq, Greenland. 0.4 mm thick sample, unoriented. Data File: tugtupite153. The S4
molecule is believed to be the species
responsible for the red color.
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