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Zabuyelite

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Formula:
Li
 
2
CO
 
3
System:MonoclinicColour:Colourless
Lustre:VitreousHardness:3
Name:Named in 1987 by Mianping Zheng and Wengao Liu for the type locality, the Zabuye Salt Lake, Nagri, Tibet, China.
This page provides mineralogical data about Zabuyelite.

Classification of Zabuyelite

IMA status:Approved 1985
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/B.01-10
Strunz 9th edition ID:5.AA.05
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:5.AA.05

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
A : Carbonates without additional anions, without H2O
A : Alkali carbonates
Dana 8th edition ID:14.1.6.2

14 : ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
1 : A(XO3)
Hey's CIM Ref.:11.1.1

11 : Carbonates
1 : Carbonates of the alkali metals and ammonium
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Type Occurrence of Zabuyelite

Type Locality:Zabuye salt Lake (Zhabuye salt lake; Chabyer Caka), Zhongba Co., Xigazê Prefecture (Rikaze Prefecture; Shigatse Prefecture), Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Year of Discovery:1985

Physical Properties of Zabuyelite

Lustre:Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:Colourless
Hardness (Mohs):3

Crystallography of Zabuyelite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 8.35Å, b = 4.97Å, c = 6.19Å
β = 114.6°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.68 : 1 : 1.245
Unit Cell Volume:V 233.57 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Zabuyelite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.429 nβ = 1.567 nγ = 1.574
2V:Measured: 25° , Calculated: 22°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.146

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Low
Dispersion:none

Chemical Properties of Zabuyelite

Formula:
Li
 
2
CO
 
3
Simplified for copy/paste:Li2CO3
Essential elements:C, Li, O
All elements listed in formula:C, Li, O

Relationship of Zabuyelite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
5.AA.10Natrite
Na
 
2
CO
 
3
5.AA.10Gregoryite
(Na
 
2
,K
 
2
,Ca)CO
 
3
5.AA.15Nahcolite
NaHCO
 
3
5.AA.20Kalicinite
KHCO
 
3
5.AA.25Teschemacherite
(NH
 
4
)HCO
 
3
5.AA.30Wegscheiderite
Na
 
5
H
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
11.1.2Natrite
Na
 
2
CO
 
3
11.1.3Nahcolite
NaHCO
 
3
11.1.4Wegscheiderite
Na
 
5
H
 
3
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
11.1.5Thermonatrite
Na
 
2
CO
 
3
· H
 
2
O
11.1.6Trona
Na
 
3
H(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
11.1.7Natron
Na
 
2
CO
 
3
· 10H
 
2
O
11.1.8Kalicinite
KHCO
 
3
11.1.9Shortite
Na
 
2
Ca
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
3
11.1.10Nyerereite
Na
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
11.1.11Natrofairchildite
11.1.12Zemkorite
Na
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
11.1.13Pirssonite
Na
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
11.1.14Gaylussite
Na
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O
11.1.15Baylissite
K
 
2
Mg(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
11.1.16Fairchildite
K
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
11.1.17Bütschliite
K
 
2
Ca(CO
 
3
)
 
2
11.1.18Teschemacherite
(NH
 
4
)HCO
 
3

Other Names for Zabuyelite

Synonyms:
IMA1985-018
Other Languages:
German:Zabuyelit
Russian:Забюйелит
Spanish:Zabuyelita

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Zabuyelite

Reference List:

- +
Zheng Mianping and Liu Wengao (1987) A new mineral - Zabuyelite. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 7(3), 221-226 (in Chinese with English abstract). - American Mineralogist (1990), 75, 243-244 (abstract).

Anderson, Alan J., Alan H. Clark, and Samantha Gray. "The occurrence and origin of zabuyelite (Li2CO3) in spodumene-hosted fluid inclusions: implications for the internal evolution of rare-element granitic pegmatites." The Canadian Mineralogist 39.6 (2001): 1513-1527.

Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 150, 133-138.

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  • Localities for Zabuyelite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Canada
     
    • Manitoba
      • Lac-du-Bonnet area
        • Bernic Lake
    Can. Min. 39:1513
    China
     
    • Sichuan Province
      • Garzê Autonomous Prefecture (Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture)
        • Kangding Co.
          • Kangding pegmatite field
    Li, J., Chou, I., Yuan, S., & Burruss, R. C. (2009, December). Homogenization Temperature Measurements in Hydrothermal Diamond-Anvil Cell for Melt and Fluid Inclusions from the Jiajika Pegmatite Deposit, China. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 2234).
    • Tibet Autonomous Region
      • Xigazê Prefecture (Rikaze Prefecture; Shigatse Prefecture)
        • Zhongba Co.
    Zheng Mianping and Liu Wengao (1987): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 7(3), 221-226.
    USA
     
    • North Carolina
      • Cleveland Co.
        • Kings Mountain District
    Anderson, A. J., et al. (1994):"Zabuyelite in spodumene-bearing pegmatites", GAC-MAC Program Abstr. 19, A3
    Zimbabwe
     
    • Masvingo
      • Bikita Area
    Anderson, A. J., Clark, A. H., & Gray, S. (2001). The occurrence and origin of zabuyelite (Li2CO3) in spodumene-hosted fluid inclusions: implications for the internal evolution of rare-element granitic pegmatites. The Canadian Mineralogist, 39(6), 1513-1527.
    • Matabeleland North
      • Hwange District
        • Dete (Dett)
    Can Min 39 (6), 2001, 1513-1527
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