ABSTRACT

Ferro-fluoro-edenite, ideally NaCa2Fe2+5(Si7Al)O22F2, was found as prismatic crystals up to 1.00 mm inside cavities in ejecta of the 1873 eruption at La Fossa crater, Vulcano Island, Aeolian Archipelago, Sicily, Italy. It is associated with quartz, magnetite, and vonsenite. Crystals are dark brown to black, transparent or semitransparent with vitreous luster, and non fluorescent. The Mohs hardness is 5–6. Cleavage is fair on {110} and fracture is uneven. Density (calc.) is 3.358 g cm–3 using the empirical formula and single-crystal cell data. The mineral is biaxial negative, α = 1.629(2), β = 1.659(2), γ = 1.667(2), 2V (calc.) = –53.8°, Y = b. Dispersion is weak to very weak, r < v, pleochroism not visible. Ferro-fluoro-edenite is monoclinic, space group C2/m, a = 9.9132(10), b = 18.1736(19), c = 5.2943(6) Å, β = 104.85(1)°, V = 922.0(2) Å3, Z = 2. The strongest X-ray diffraction peaks in the powder pattern are [d(I, hkl)]: 8.54(100, 1 1 0), 4.506(16, 0 4 0), 3.154(52, 3 1 0), 2.833(43, 3 3 0), 2.057(14, 2 0 2), 1.910(12, 5 1 0), 1.662(15, 4 6 1). The FTIR spectrum shows a broad band at about 950 cm–1 and no bands in the OH stretching region. The structure refinement led to a final R = 0.0210 for 1444 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I) and allowed cation site assignment and ordering. Microprobe analysis gave the following empirical formula calculated on the basis of 24 (O + F + Cl) apfu: (Na0.69K0.230.08)(Ca1.69Mg0.16Mn0.10Na0.05)Σ2(Fe2+2.86Mg2.04Ti0.10)Σ5(Si6.93Al1.05Ti0.02)Σ8O22(F1.89Cl0.09OH0.02)Σ2.

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