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Gurimite, Ba3(VO4)2 and hexacelsian, BaAl2Si2O8 – two new minerals from schorlomite-rich paralava of the Hatrurim Complex, Negev Desert, Israel

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Irina O. Galuskina*
Faculty of Earth Sciences, Department of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Silesia, Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Evgeny V. Galuskin
Faculty of Earth Sciences, Department of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Silesia, Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Yevgeny Vapnik
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, POB 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
Krystian Prusik
Institute of Materials Science, University of Silesia, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1A, 41-500 Chorzów, Poland
Marta Stasiak
Faculty of Earth Sciences, Department of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Silesia, Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Piotr Dzierżanowski
Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Warsaw, al. Żwirki i Wigury 93, 02-089 Warszawa, Poland
Mikhail Murashko
Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Geology, 7-9 Uniwersitetskaya nab., St Petersburg, 199034, Russia


Two new barium-bearing minerals: gurimite, Ba3(VO4)2 (IMA2013-032) and hexacelsian, BaAl2Si2O8 (IMA2015-045) were discovered in veins of paralava cutting gehlenite-flamite hornfels located in the Gurim Anticline in the Negev Desert, Israel. Gurimite and hexacelsian occur in oval polymineralic inclusions in paralava and are associated with gehlenite, pseudowollastonite or wollastonite, rankinite, flamite, larnite, schorlomite, andradite, fluorapatite, fluorellestadite, kalsilite, cuspidine, aradite, zadovite and khesinite. Gurimite and hexacelsian form elongate crystals <10 μm thick. The minerals are colourless and transparent with a white streak and vitreous lustre, and have (0001) cleavage, respectively good in gurimite and very good in hexacelsian. Fracture is irregular. Density calculated using empirical formulas gave 5.044 g cm–3 for gurimite and 3.305 g cm–3 for hexacelsian. Mean refractive indexes, 1.945 and 1.561, respectively, were also calculated using the empirical formulas and the Gladstone-Dale relationship. The minerals are uniaxial and nonpleochroic. The following empirical crystal chemical formulae were assigned to holotype gurimite: (Ba2.794K0.092Ca0.084Na0.033Sr0.017)∑3.020(V1.8275+S0.0916+P0.0515+Al0.040Si0.005Fe0.0053+)∑2.017O8,and holotype hexacelsian: (Ba0.911K0.059Ca0.042Na0.010)∑1.022Al1.891Fe0.0723+Si2.034O8. The Raman spectrum of hexacelsian is similar to the one of the synthetic disordered β-BaAl2Si2O8. The Raman spectrum of gurimite is identical to that of synthetic Ba3(VO4)2. The electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) pattern of gurimite was fitted to the structure of its synthetic analogue with the cell parameters of R3m, a = 5.784(1),c = 21.132(1) Å, V = 612.2(2) Å3, Z = 3, giving a mean angular deviation = 0.43° (good fit). The Raman spectra of hexacelsian and its EBSD pattern suggest that natural hexacelsian corresponds to disordered synthetic β-hexacelsian P63/mcm, a = 5.2920(4) Å, c = 15.557(2) Å, α = β = 90°, γ = 120°. We suggest that after relatively fast crystallization of the main constituents of the paralava, gurimite, hexacelsian and also other Ba-bearing phases crystallized from residual melt enriched in incompatible elements that filled interstices between crystals of the main constituents.

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