Abstract

The crystal structure of parascorodite, Fe(H2O)2AsO4, has been solved ab-initio from powder data. The mineral is trigonal, with space group Pc1, Z = 6, a = 8.9232(2) Å, c = 9.9296 (3) Å. The Rietveld refinement was led up to Rp = 4.5 %. The structure is built up by the same coordination polyhedra found in its dimorph scorodite, namely slightly distorted Fe-centred octahedra and As-centred tetrahedra, but their connection lead to quite different crystal structures for the two polymorphs. Parascorodite structure can be described in terms of mixed octahedral-tetrahedral “columns” including Fe2 and As polyhedra, running along c, similar to those found in ferrinatrite and kaatialaite. These columns are interconnected in a threedimensional framework by the sharing of the 01 oxygen between [AsO4] tetrahedra and Fe 1 octahedra, and by the strong hydrogen bond OW…O2.

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