Abstract

Lithium cannot be determined by electron microprobe, but it may be an essential component in tourmaline-supergroup minerals. Therefore, its estimation is important for structural formula calculation and nomenclature. In this paper, we present a method to estimate Li content in tourmaline from microprobe data based on a multiple linear-regression model, which is not reliant on a particular normalization scheme. The results derived from this model are reasonably accurate, particularly for low-Mg tourmalines (<2 wt.% MgO) with Li2O contents higher than ∼0.3 wt.%. Furthermore, it provides a better fitness compared with estimations of Li assuming that Li fills any cation deficiency at the Y site.

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