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CNMNC guidelines for the use of suffixes and prefixes in mineral nomenclature, and for the preservation of historical names

Frederic Hatert, Stuart J. Mills, Marco Pasero and Peter A. Williams
CNMNC guidelines for the use of suffixes and prefixes in mineral nomenclature, and for the preservation of historical names
European Journal of Mineralogy (January 2013) 25 (1): 113-115

Abstract

New CNMNC guidelines are established, in order to standardize the use of prefixes and suffixes in mineral nomenclature, and to preserve historical names. The recommendations for the use of suffixes are: (I) chemical suffixes have to be in parentheses, except for extra-framework cations; (II) a maximum of three chemical suffixes is allowed; (III) cations and anions should never be used together in the parentheses. For the use of prefixes, the following guidelines were adopted: (I) for common names, prefix-type nomenclature is preferred to facilitate the pronunciation; (II) an unnecessary proliferation of prefixes must be avoided, and a maximum of three chemical prefixes is recommended; (III) it is allowed to use a combination of chemical, structural or other descriptive prefixes; (IV) when Levinson modifiers are used as suffix for REE, then other cations or anions have to be placed as a prefix; (V) in case of polytypes and topologically similar polymorphs, a chemical prefix-type nomenclature is preferred, since the polytype and polymorph symbols have to be suffixes. When possible, the CNMNC recommends to avoid changing names, especially for grandfathered species. Well-established mineral names or names dedicated to localities or persons have to be preserved, except if the species is shown to be not valid. Historical names cannot be changed in order to standardize the nomenclature of a group or supergroup, since mixed nomenclature systems are now accepted by the CNMNC.


ISSN: 0935-1221
EISSN: 1617-4011
Serial Title: European Journal of Mineralogy
Serial Volume: 25
Serial Issue: 1
Title: CNMNC guidelines for the use of suffixes and prefixes in mineral nomenclature, and for the preservation of historical names
Affiliation: Universite de Liege, Laboratoire de Mineralogie, Liege, Belgium
Pages: 113-115
Published: 201301
Text Language: English
Publisher: Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Naegele u. Obermiller), Stuttgart, Germany
References: 16
Accession Number: 2013-034989
Categories: General mineralogy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Geosciences, Museum Victoria, AUS, AustraliaUniversita degli Studi di Pisa, ITA, ItalyUniversity of Western Sydney, AUS, Australia
Country of Publication: Germany
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201322
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