New data on cafarsite: reinvestigation of its crystal structure and chemical composition

Cametti, Georgia; Nagashima, Mariko; Fisch, Martin; Armbruster, Thomas Michael (2017). New data on cafarsite: reinvestigation of its crystal structure and chemical composition (In Press). European journal of mineralogy, 30 E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Nägele u. Obermiller)

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The crystal structure of cafarsite from Wanni glacier  Monte Cervandone was re-investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction (space group Pn-3, R1 = 0.022) and new electron-microprobe analyses. REE (mainly Ce and Y) were found to substitute Ca. A new anion site, four-coordinated by Ca, was located by difference Fourier analysis and refined with F scattering factors. Two octahedral sites (Ti1 and Fe2) are occupied by mainly Ti and Fe3+, replacing each other whereas the octahedral site Mn1 hosts Mn2+ and Fe2+. The new structure refinements and chemical analyses lead to the simplified chemical formula (Ca7.8Na0.8Mn0.5REE0.4)∑9.5(Ti3.9Fe3+2.1Fe2+0.9Mn2+0.1) ∑7(AsO3)14F0.5. According to our findings, there is no evidence of neither H2O nor OH in the structure. In contrast to the original study by Edenharter et al. (1977), the structure has no significant cation vacancies and is based on 14 AsO3 groups pfu and not on 12 AsO3 as previously suggested.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences > Mineralogical Crystallography (discontinued)

UniBE Contributor:

Cametti, Georgia; Nagashima, Mariko; Fisch, Martin and Armbruster, Thomas Michael

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

0935-1221

Publisher:

E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Nägele u. Obermiller)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Georgia Cametti

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2018 13:56

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2018 17:11

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.113062

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113062

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