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Devitoite

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About DevitoiteHide

Formula:
[Ba6(PO4)2(CO3)][Fe2+7(OH)4Fe3+2O2(Si4O12)2]
Colour:
Brown
Lustre:
Silky
Hardness:
4
Specific Gravity:
4.044 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Triclinic
Name:
to honor Alfred (Fred) DeVito (1937–2004) for many years one of California's leading micromounters and field collectors.
Unique combination of elements. Structurally related to yoshimuraite in terms of Ba and PO4 configuration.

The structure is based on HOH astrophyllite-type layers, with Ti replaced by [5]Fe3+. There is a peripheral A2pBrWA2 layer of the (PO4)2(CO3) composition. Phosphate, carbonate and barium ions are located in the interlayer space.


Classification of DevitoiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2009
8/H.0-

8 : Silicates
H : Phyllosilicates (layered), Tetragonal or pseudotetragonal layered structures [Si4O10]4- and others
0 :

Physical Properties of DevitoiteHide

Silky
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Brown
Streak:
Cream to pale brown
Hardness:
Tenacity:
Flexible
Cleavage:
Perfect
{001}; good on {010}
Fracture:
Irregular/Uneven
Density:
4.044 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of DevitoiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.730(3) nβ = 1.735(6) nγ = 1.755(3)
2V:
Calculated: 53.6°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.025
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Optical Extinction:
Extinction is approximately parallel to the length of the blades in all orientations.
Pleochroism:
Visible
Comments:
brown; Y>>>X>Z.

Chemical Properties of DevitoiteHide

Formula:
[Ba6(PO4)2(CO3)][Fe2+7(OH)4Fe3+2O2(Si4O12)2]
IMA Formula:
[Ba6(PO4)2(CO3)][Fe2+7(OH)4Fe3+2O2(SiO3)8]
Common Impurities:
Ca,Mg,Ti,Al

Crystallography of DevitoiteHide

Crystal System:
Triclinic
Class (H-M):
1 - Pinacoidal
Space Group:
P1
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.3437(7) Å, b = 11.6726(16) Å, c = 14.680(2) Å
α = 85.573(4)°, β = 83.243(4)°, γ = 76.768(4)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.458 : 1 : 1.258
Unit Cell V:
884 ų
Z:
1
Morphology:
very thin blades in subparallel intergrowths; the blades are flattened on {001}; elongated and striated parallel to [100]

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
3.859 (62)
3.629 (73)
3.457 (70)
2.911 (100)
2.665 (100)
2.225 (58)
2.089 (66)
1.5597 (73)

Type Occurrence of DevitoiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Individual crystals can reach 5 mm in length and 0.3 mm in width, but are generally much smaller, and their thickness rarely exceeds 1 μm, Crystals invariably occur in subparallel intergrowths.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
The four cotype specimens used in the description of the mineral are housed in the mineral collection of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (catalogue numbers 61591,61592, 61593 and 61594).
Geological Setting of Type Material:
very late product of the interaction of fluids with sanbornite-quartz vein. It occurs along cleavage planes of altered gillespite.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of DevitoiteHide

Relationship of Devitoite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
LobanoviteK2Na(Fe2+4Mg2Na)Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)4Mon. 2/m : B2/m
SveinbergeiteCa(Fe2+6Fe3+)Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)5(H2O)4Tric. 1 : P1

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Titantaramellite2 photos of Devitoite associated with Titantaramellite on mindat.org.
Celsian2 photos of Devitoite associated with Celsian on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Devitoite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Diopside2 photos of Devitoite associated with Diopside on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping (8th Edition)Hide

8/H.0-ArmbrusteriteK5Na7Mn15[(Si9O22)4](OH)10 · 4H2OMon. 2/m : B2/m
8/H.0-GlagoleviteNa(Mg,Al)6(AlSi3O10)(OH,O)8Tric. 1 : P1
8/H.0-Britvinite[Pb7(OH)3F(BO3)2(CO3)][Mg4.5(OH)3(Si5O14)]Tric. 1 : P1

Other InformationHide

Notes:
Crystals decompose very slowly in dilute HCl, turning white and opaque.
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 DevitoiteHide

Reference List:
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Kampf, A.R., Rossman, G.R., Steele, I.M., Pluth, J.J., Dunning, G.E., Walstrom, R.E. (2010): Devitoite, a new heterophyllosilicate with astrophyllite-like layers from eastern Fresno County, California. The Canadian Mineralogist: 48: 29-40.
Sokolova, E., Cámara, F., Hawthorne, F.C., Ciriotti, M.E. (2016): The astrophyllite supergroup: nomenclature and classification. Mineralogical Magazine: 80 (in press); http://forum.amiminerals.it/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12539 (2016)

Internet Links for DevitoiteHide

Localities for DevitoiteHide

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Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
USA
 
  • California
    • Fresno Co.
      • Big Creek-Rush Creek District
        • Rush Creek deposit
          • Big Creek
Kampf, A.R., Rossman, G.R., Steele, I.M., Pluth, J.J., Dunning, G.E., Walstrom, R.E. (2010): Devitoite, a new heterophyllosilicate with astrophyllite-like layers from eastern Fresno County, California. The Canadian Mineralogist: 48: 29-40.
Kampf, A.R., Rossman, G.R., Steele, I.M., Pluth, J.J., Dunning, G.E., Walstrom, R.E. (2010): Devitoite, a new heterophyllosilicate with astrophyllite-like layers from eastern Fresno County, California. Canadian Mineralogist, 48, 29-40.
    • Mariposa Co.
      • East Belt
        • Clearing House District
          • Clearing House
            • Trumbull Peak
Kampf, A.R., Rossman, G.R., Steele, I.M., Pluth, J.J., Dunning, G.E., Walstrom, R.E. (2010): Devitoite, a new heterophyllosilicate with astrophyllite-like layers from eastern Fresno County, California. Canadian Mineralogist, 48, 29-40.
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