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Zabuyelite

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Formula:
Li2CO3
System:
Monoclinic
Colour:
Colourless
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
3
Name:
Named in 1987 by Mianping Zheng and Wengao Liu for the type locality, the Zhabuye Salt Lake, Nagri, Tibet, China.
This page provides mineralogical data about Zabuyelite.

Classification of Zabuyelite

Approved 1985
5.AA.05

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
A : Carbonates without additional anions, without H2O
A : Alkali carbonates
14.1.6.2

14 : ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
1 : A(XO3)
11.1.1

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

Year of Discovery:
1985

Physical Properties of Zabuyelite

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°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.146
Image 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:
Li2CO3
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Zabuyelite to other Species

5.AA.10NatriteNa2CO3
5.AA.10Gregoryite(Na2,K2,Ca)CO3
5.AA.15NahcoliteNaHCO3
5.AA.20KaliciniteKHCO3
5.AA.25Teschemacherite(NH4)HCO3
5.AA.30WegscheideriteNa5H3(CO3)4
11.1.2NatriteNa2CO3
11.1.3NahcoliteNaHCO3
11.1.4WegscheideriteNa5H3(CO3)4
11.1.5ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2O
11.1.6TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2O
11.1.7NatronNa2CO3 · 10H2O
11.1.8KaliciniteKHCO3
11.1.9ShortiteNa2Ca2(CO3)3
11.1.10NyerereiteNa2Ca(CO3)2
11.1.11Natrofairchildite
11.1.12ZemkoriteNa2Ca(CO3)2
11.1.13PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2O
11.1.14GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2O
11.1.15BaylissiteK2Mg(CO3)2 · 4H2O
11.1.16FairchilditeK2Ca(CO3)2
11.1.17BütschliiteK2Ca(CO3)2
11.1.18Teschemacherite(NH4)HCO3

Other Names for Zabuyelite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Zabuyelit
Simplified Chinese:扎布耶石
Spanish:Zabuyelita

Other Information

Health Risks:
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.

Internet Links for Zabuyelite

Localities for Zabuyelite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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
    • Nagchu Prefecture (Naqu Prefecture)
      • Nyima Co. (Nima Co.)
Qian Wu, Mianping Zheng, Zhen Nie, and Lingzhong Bu (2013): Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 29(1), 36-44
    • Xigazê Prefecture (Rikaze Prefecture; Shigatse Prefecture)
      • Zhongba Co.
Mianping Zheng and Wengao Liu (1987): Acta Mineralogica Sinica 7(3), 221-226; Shaoxiu Yang (1991): Journal of Lake Sciences 3(1), 1-10; Mianping Zheng, Heran Yuan, Junying Liu, Yanhe Li, Zhibang Ma, and Qing Sun (2007): Acta Geologica Sinica 81(12), 1608-1617
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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