Extensive spectroscopic, diffraction and theoretical work in the last ten years has shown that short-range order (SRO) of both cations and anions is a common feature of amphiboles (Hawthorne et al. 2005). From an experimental perspective, the problem is that SRO does not obey the translational symmetry of the structure in which it occurs, and hence SRO is difficult to detect and decipher directly by standard diffraction methods. There is information on SRO resident in diffuse scattering from a crystal, but this information is quite difficult to extract, particularly when the SRO is complicated, and this approach has...

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