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Crystal chemistry of kimzeyite from Anguillara, Mts. Sabatini, Italy

Emanuela Schingaro, Fernando Scordari, Flavio Capitanio, Giancarlo Parodi, David C. Smith and Annibale Mottana
Crystal chemistry of kimzeyite from Anguillara, Mts. Sabatini, Italy
European Journal of Mineralogy (August 2001) 13 (4): 749-759


A single garnet crystal of kimzeyite from Anguillara Sabazia, Sabatini Volcanic District (Rome), has been studied by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy (RS). X-ray intensities for the structure refinement were collected by means of both a conventional four circle diffractometer (CD) and an area detector (AD) diffractometer. Salient crystallographic data from AD measurements are: a = 12.397(4) Aa, V = 1905.24 Aa (super 3) , mu = 25 cm (super -1) , crystal dimension approximately 40 mu m, D (sub x) = 3.83 g cm (super -3) . The chemical analyses allowed to ascertain that Ca, Ba, Fe, Al, Mg, REE, Zr, Si and Ti are present in the structure. The transition element distribution is: Fe (super 3+) (Y)<<Fe (super 3+) (Z), and Ti as Ti (super 4+) occurs only at Y. No hydrogen atoms were detected. The problem of the correct distribution of Ba and REE (essentially Eu and Gd) is dealt with, but not fully solved in the present study. Because of the very small amount of sample available and of the strong dilution of Ba and REE ( approximately 0.03 and 0.02 atoms per formula unit respectively) the correct distribution of these atoms over the X and Y sites is problematical. The radius ratio rule and electrostatic requirements suggest Ba at X and REE at Y. From these principles, the following site distribution can be deduced: Ca (super 2+) and Ba (super 2+) at X; Mg (super 2+) , REE (super 3+) , Zr4+, Ti (super 4+) , Fe (super 3+) at Y; Si (super 4+) , Al (super 3+) , Fe (super 3+) at Z. On the other hand, structural details and the best fit between EPMA and XRD site populations indicate REE at X and Ba at Y. Bond strength theory arguments support this hypothesis. The main substitution mechanisms can be summed up as follows: 1) Ti (super 4+) (Y) + Fe (super 3+) (Z)<-->Si (super 4+) (Z) + M (super 3+) (Y) [schorlomite substitution]; 2) Zr (super 4+) (Y) + M (super 3+) (Z)<-->Si (super 4+) (Z) + M (super 3+) (Y) [kimzeyite substitution]; 3) Mg (super 2+) (Y) + Zr (super 4+) (Y)<-->2M (super 3+) (Y) [morimotoite-like substitution], where M (super 3+) = (Al, Fe). In addition, following the bond strength theory indications, another mechanism which possibly involves the X and Y sites is also taken into account: 4) REE (super 3+) (X) + Ba (super 2+) (Y)<-->Ca (super 2+) (X) + M (super 3+) (Y).

ISSN: 0935-1221
EISSN: 1617-4011
Serial Title: European Journal of Mineralogy
Serial Volume: 13
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Crystal chemistry of kimzeyite from Anguillara, Mts. Sabatini, Italy
Affiliation: Universita di Bari, Dipartimento Geomineralogico, Bari, Italy
Pages: 749-759
Published: 200108
Text Language: English
Publisher: Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Naegele u. Obermiller), Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany
References: 34
Accession Number: 2001-065612
Categories: Mineralogy of silicates
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 4 tables
Secondary Affiliation: Universita di Roma Tre, ITA, ItalyMuseum National d'Histoire Naturelle, FRA, France
Country of Publication: Germany
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200120
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