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Sveinbergeite, Ca(Fe2+ 6 Fe3+)Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)5(H2O)4, a new astrophyllite-group mineral from the Larvik Plutonic Complex, Oslo Region, Norway: description and crystal structure

  • A. P. Khomyakov (a1), F. Cámara (a2), E. Sokolova (a3) (a4), Y. Abdu (a3) and F. C. Hawthorne (a3)...


Sveinbergeite, Ca(Fe2+ 6Fe3+)Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)5(H2O)4, is a new astrophyllite-group mineral discovered in a syenite pegmatite at Buer on the Vesteroya peninsula, Sandefjord, Oslo Region, Norway. The mineral occurs in pegmatite cavities as 0.01—0.05 mm thick lamellar (0.2—0.5×5—10 mm) crystals forming rosette-like divergent groups and spherical aggregates, which are covered by brown coatings of iron (and possibly manganese) oxides, associated with magnesiokatophorite, aegirine, microcline, albite. calcite, fluorapatite, molybdenite, galena and a hochelagaite-like mineral. Crystals of sveinbergeite are deep green with a pale green streak and a vitreous and pearly lustre. Sveinbergeite has perfect cleavage on ﹛001﹜ and a Mohs hardness of 3. Its calculated density is 3.152 g/cm3. It is biaxial positive with α 1.745(2), β 1.746(2), γ 1.753(2), 2V(meas.) = 20(3)°. The mineral is pleochroic according to the scheme Z > XY : Z is deep green, X and Y are brownish green. Orientation is as follows: X ┴ L (001), Yb = 12°, Z = a, elongation positive. Sveinbergeite is triclinic, space group P1̄, a = 5.329(4), b = 11.803(8), c = 11.822(8) Å; α = 101.140(8)°, β = 98.224(8)°, γ = 102.442(8)°; V = 699.0(8) Å3; Z = 1. The nine strongest lines in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern [d in Å(I)(hkl)] are: 11.395(100)(001,010). 2.880(38)(004), 2.640(31)(2̄10,l̄41), 1.643(24)(07̄1,072), 2.492(20)(2l̄l), 1.616(15)(070), 1.573(14)(3̄2̄2), 2.270(13)(1̄3̄4) and 2.757(12)(1̄40,1̄3̄2). Chemical analysis by electron microprobe gave Nb2O5 0.55, TiO2 10.76, ZrO2 0.48, SiO2 34.41, A12O3 0.34, Fe2O3 5.57, FeO 29.39, MnO 1.27, CaO 3.87, MgO 0.52, K2O 0.49, Na2O 0.27, F 0.24, H2O 8.05, O=F -0.10, sum 96.11 wt.%, the amount of H2O was determined from structure refinement, and the valence state of Fe was calculated from structure refinement in accord with Mossbauer spectroscopy. The empirical formula, calculated on the basis of eight (Si + Al) p.f.u., is (Ca0.95Na0.12K0.14)Σ1.21(Fe2+ 5.65Fe3+ 0.93Mn0.25Mg0.18)Σ7.01(Ti1.86Nb0.06Zr0.05Fe3+)Σ2 (Si7091Al0.09)Σ8O34.61H12.34F0.17, Z = 1. The infrared spectrum of the mineral contains the following absorption frequencies: 3588, ∽3398 (broad), ∽3204 (broad), 1628, 1069, 1009, 942, 702, 655 and 560 cm–1. The crystal structure of the mineral was solved by direct methods and refined to an R1 index of 21.81%. The main structural unit in the sveinbergeite structure is an HOH layer which is topologically identical to that in the astrophyllite structure. Sveinbergeite differs from all other minerals of the astrophyllite group in the composition and topology of the interstitial A and B sites and linkage of adjacent HOH layers. The mineral is named in honour of Svein Arne Berge (b. 1949), a noted Norwegian amateur mineralogist and collector who was the first to observe and record this mineral from its type locality as a potential new species.


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Sveinbergeite, Ca(Fe2+ 6 Fe3+)Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)5(H2O)4, a new astrophyllite-group mineral from the Larvik Plutonic Complex, Oslo Region, Norway: description and crystal structure

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