Amphiboles are common and very complex rock-forming minerals. Knowledge of their physical, chemical and thermodynamic properties allows us to understand rock-forming and geodynamic processes. Amphiboles also possess distinctive physical properties that make them potentially attractive in applied fields. Certainly, millions of dollars, rubles, etc. were spent 30–40 years ago to optimize techniques of amphibole synthesis, and, ironically, comparable sums have been or are still being spent to remediate asbestos danger.

In short, for whatever purpose, be it basic research or applied mineralogy, the task of synthesizing amphiboles of defined composition and crystal-chemical nature has been a challenge for a very...

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