Abstract

Arrojadite-(BaNa), BaNa3(Na,Ca)Fe2+13Al(PO4)11(PO3OH)(OH)2, is the Na-, Ba-rich member of the arrojadite group. This primary phosphate was found at the Luna albite pegmatite, Dorio, Lecco province, Italy where it occurs associated with fluorapatite in the blocky-albite unit of the pegmatite. This new phosphate forms greenish or yellowish translucent masses, or rough crystals up to 4–5 cm in diameter hosted by albite. Arrojadite-(BaNa) is anisotropic with α 1.656(2), β 1.660(2), and γ 1.664(2), and is non-fluorescent under both short-wave (254 nm) and long-wave (366 nm) ultraviolet light. The mineral is brittle with an irregular fracture and a good cleavage parallel to {110}; its Mohs hardness is 4–5. Its measured specific gravity is 3.54(2). The empirical formula, calculated on the basis of 12 (P + Si + As) atoms per formula unit is (Ba0.62K0.27Pb0.13Sr0.07)Σ1.09Na3(Na1.19Ca0.85)Σ2.04(Fe2+9.82Mg1.92Mn2+1.64)Σ13.38Al1.01(PO4)11(HPO4)(OH1.75F0.25)Σ2, with the water content calculated considering 2 (OH + F) per formula unit. Arrojadite-(BaNa) is monoclinic with space group C2/c; its unit-cell parameters are a 16.4984(6) Å, b 10.0228(3) Å, c 24.648(1) Å, β 105.850(4)°, and V 3920.8(2) Å3, for Z = 4. The eight strongest lines in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern are [d in Å (I/I0) hkl]: 3.137 (100) 5 1 0, 2.818 (61) 3 1 6, 3.303 (46) forumla 3 2, 2.667 (35) 2 0 8, 2.878 (32) 3 3 1, 3.488 (28) 1 1 6, 4.621 (22) forumla 1 3, and 2.936 (22) 3 3 0. The mineral, which has been approved by the CNMNC under number IMA 2014-071, is named arrojadite-(BaNa) since it corresponds to the Ba-Na-rich member of the arrojadite mineral group, in which Ba is the principal element at the X5 (= A1) site and MFe* ≤ 0.5 apfu. Sodium is the unique element at the cation X1 (= Ca) site.

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