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Clinoptilolite

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It was described in 1969 from an occurrence in Owl Canyon, San Bernardino County, California.
Note on the distinguishing differences between clinoptilolite and heulandite (hhttp://rruff.info/uploads/CM35_1571.pdf):

"Zeolite mineral species shall not be distinguished solely on the basis of the framework Si : Al ratio. An exception is made in the case of heulandite and clinoptilolite; heulandite is defined as the zeolite mineral series having the distinctive framework topology of heulandite and the ratio Si : Al < 4.0. Clinoptilolite is defined as the series with the same framework topology and Si : Al ≥ 4.0.

Application of the rule
Many zeolites have a widely variable Si : Al ratio, but this, in itself, is not regarded as providing adequate grounds for recognition of separate species. The exception is based on entrenched usage of the names heulandite and clinoptilolite, and their convenience for recognizing an important chemical feature. The cutoff value adopted (following Boles 1972) is arbitrary in a continuous range of compositions. The usual 50% compositional rule cannot be applied, as there are no clearly defined Si,Al end-member compositions for heulandite and clinoptilolite. Thermal stability has been used by some investigators to distinguish clinoptilolite from heulandite. This is a derivative property, however, suggested by Mumpton (1960) as an aid to identification, and it is not appropriate as the basis for definition. Alietti (1972) and Boles (1972) have shown that there is no gap in composition either in framework or extra-framework cation contents between heulandite and clinoptilolite, and that samples transitional in composition show intermediate properties in terms of thermal stability.

Clinoptilolite:
The cation content is highly variable. Ca-, Na-, and K-dominant compositions are known, and Sr, Ba, and Mg are in some cases substantial. TSi in the range 0.80–0.84. Minerals with the same framework topology but with TSi < 0.80, Si/Al < 4.0 are classified as heulandite, with which clinoptilolite forms a continuous series. Monoclinic, C2/m, or C2, or Cm.

Heulandite:
The cation content is highly variable. Ca-, Na-, K-, and Sr-dominant compositions are known, and Ba and Mg are in some cases substantial. TSi in the range 0.71 to 0.80."



Classification of Clinoptilolite

Questionable
16.10.18

16 : Silicates Containing Aluminum and other Metals
10 : Aluminosilicates of Ca and alkalis

Occurrences of Clinoptilolite

Relationship of Clinoptilolite to other Species

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Other Members of Group:
AlflarseniteNaCa2Be3Si4O13(OH) · 2H2O
AmiciteK2Na2Al4Si4O16 · 5H2O
Ammonioleucite(NH4,K)(AlSi2O6)
AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Bellbergite(K,Ba,Sr)2Sr2Ca2(Ca,Na)4[Al3Si3O12]6 · 30H2O
BikitaiteLiAlSi2O6 · H2O
BoggsiteCa8Na3(Si,Al)96O192 · 70H2O
Brewsterite-Ba(Ba,Sr)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
Brewsterite-Sr(Sr,Ba,Ca)[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
Chabazite-Levyne SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
ChiavenniteCaMnBe2Si5O13(OH)2 · 2H2O
CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Dachiardite-Ca(Ca,Na2,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
Dachiardite-KK4(Si20Al4O48)·13H2O
Dachiardite-Na(Na2,Ca,K2)5Al10Si38O96 · 25H2O
DirenzoiteNaK6MgCa2(Al13Si47O120) · 36H2O
EdingtoniteBa[Al2Si3O10] · 4H2O
EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
ErioniteThis name now refers to a group of related minerals.
Faujasite SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
FerrieriteZeolite Group.
FerrochiavenniteCa1-2Fe[(Si,Al,Be)5Be2O13(OH)2] · 2H2O
Flörkeite(K3Ca2Na)[Al8Si8O32] · 12H2O
Garronite-CaNa2Ca5Al12Si20O64 · 27H2O
GaultiteNa4Zn2Si7O18 · 5H2O
Gismondine-BaBa2Al4Si4O16 · 4-6H2O
Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
GmeliniteIn 1997, gmelinite was split into Gmelinite-Ca, Gmelinite-Na and Gmelinite-K.
GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
GoosecreekiteCa[Al2Si6O16] · 5H2O
GottardiiteNa3Mg3Ca5Al19Si117O272 · 93H2O
Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
HeulanditeNote on the distinguishing differences between heulandite and clinoptilolite (http://rruff.
HsianghualiteCa3Li2(Be3Si3O12)F2
KirchhoffiteCs(BSi2O6)
LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
LovdariteK2Na6Be4Si14O36 · 9H2O
MaricopaitePb7Ca2(Si,Al)48O100 · 32H2O
Mazzite-Mg(Mg,K,Ca)5(Si26Al10)O72 · 28H2O
Mazzite-NaNa8[Al4Si14O36]2 · 30H2O
Merlinoite(K,Na)5(Ca,Ba)2Al9Si23O64 · 23H2O
Montesommaite(K,Na)9Al9Si23O64 · 10H2O
Mordenite(Na2,Ca,K2)Al2Si10O24 · 7H2O
MutinaiteNa3Ca4Si85Al11O192 · 60H2O
NabesiteNa2BeSi4O10 · 4H2O
Natrolite SubgroupA subgroup of the Zeolite Group.
OffretiteKCaMg(Si13Al5)O36 · 15H2O
PahasapaiteLi8(Ca,Li,K)10.5Be24(PO4)24 · 38H2O
ParthéiteCa2(Si4Al4) O15 (OH)2•4H2O
Paulingite-Ca(Ca,K,Na,Ba,◻)10 (Si, Al)42O84•34H2O
Paulingite-K(K2,Ca,Na2,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2O
Paulingite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Ba)5[Al10Si35O90] · 45H2O
PerlialiteK9Na(Ca,Sr)[Al2Si4O12]6 · 15H2O
PhillipsiteZeolite Group.
Pollucite(Cs,Na)2(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2O
RoggianiteCa2Be(OH)2Al2Si4O13 · 2.5H2O
StelleriteCa4(Si28Al8)O72 · 28H2O
Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Stilbite-Na(Na,Ca,K)6-7[Al8Si28O72] · nH2O
Terranovaite(Na,Ca)8(Si68Al12)O160 · 29H2O
Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Thomsonite-SrNa(Sr,Ca)2[Al5Si5O20] · 7H2O
Tschernichite(Ca,Na2)[Al2Si4O12] · 4-8H2O
TschörtneriteCa4(Ca,Sr,K,Ba)3Cu3[(OH)2|Al3Si3O12]4 · nH2O
WairakiteCa(Al2Si4O12) · 2H2O
WeinebeneiteCaBe3(PO4)2(OH)2 · 4H2O
Wenkite(Ba,K)4(Ca,Na)6[(SO4)3|(Si,Al)20O39(OH)2] · 0.5H2O
WillhendersoniteKCa[Al3Si3O12] · 5H2O
YugawaraliteCaAl2Si6O16 · 4H2O
Group Members:
Clinoptilolite-Ca Ca3(Si30Al6)O72·20H2O
Clinoptilolite-K K6(Si30Al6)O72·20H2O
Clinoptilolite-Na Na6(Si30Al6)O72·20H2O
16.10.1Bytownite(Ca,Na)[Al(Al,Si)Si2O8]
16.10.2LisetiteCaNa2Al4Si4O16
16.10.4Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
16.10.5Gonnardite(Na,Ca)2(Si,Al)5O10 · 3H2O
16.10.6MesoliteNa2Ca2Si9Al6O30 · 8H2O
16.10.7Faujasite
16.10.8Garronite-CaNa2Ca5Al12Si20O64 · 27H2O
16.10.9BoggsiteCa8Na3(Si,Al)96O192 · 70H2O
16.10.10Herschelite(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
16.10.11Phillipsite
16.10.12Fedorite(Na,K)2-3(Ca4Na3)Si16O38(OH,F)2 · 3.5H2O
16.10.13WillhendersoniteKCa[Al3Si3O12] · 5H2O
16.10.14Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
16.10.15Mordenite(Na2,Ca,K2)Al2Si10O24 · 7H2O
16.10.16Reyerite(Na,K)2Ca14(Si,Al)24O58(OH)8 · 6H2O
16.10.17Lévyne
16.10.19Heulandite
16.10.20GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
16.10.21Stilbite
16.10.22Dachiardite
16.10.23OffretiteKCaMg(Si13Al5)O36 · 15H2O
16.10.24PerlialiteK9Na(Ca,Sr)[Al2Si4O12]6 · 15H2O
16.10.25Erionite
16.10.26Paulingite
16.10.27Sodium Dachiardite(Na2,Ca,K2)4-5Al8Si40O96 · 26H2O
16.10.28Mazzite-Mg(Mg,K,Ca)5(Si26Al10)O72 · 28H2O
16.10.29RoggianiteCa2Be(OH)2Al2Si4O13 · 2.5H2O

Other Names for Clinoptilolite

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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 Clinoptilolite

Reference List:
Hey, M.H. & F.A. Bannister (1934): Clinoptilolite. Min. Mag. 23, 556-559.

Mumpton, F.A. (1960): Clinoptilolite redefined: Am. Min. 45, 351-369.

Alietti, A. (1972): Polymorphism and crystal chemistry of heulandite and Clinoptilolite. Am. Min. 57, 1448-1462.

Koyama, K. & Y. Takeuchi (1977): Clinoptilolite: The distribution of potassium atoms and its role in thermal stability. Zeits. Kristallogr. 145, 216-239.

Armbruster, T. (1993): Dehydration mechanism of clinoptilolite and heulandite: Single-crystal X-ray study of Na-poor, Ca-, K-, Mg-rich clinoptilolite at 100K. American Mineralogist 78, 260-264.

Gabuda, S.P., Kozlova, S.G., Kolesnikov, A.S., Petrov, A.K. (2013): Microwave Absorption and Structure of Zeolite Water in Heulandite and Clinoptilolite by 1H NMR. Journal of Structural Chemistry, 54, S119-S125.

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