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Bitikleite

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About BitikleiteHide

Formula:
Ca3SbSn(AlO4)3
Crystal System:
Isometric
Name:
First named Bitikleite-(SnAl), but according to the new nomenclature of the garnet supergroup (Grew et al. 2013) suffixes should not be used in naming minerals in the garnet supergroup. The name was changed to Bitikleite.
Forms solid-solution series with Kerimasite, Kimzeyite, Morimotoite, Schorlomite and Toturite.


Classification of BitikleiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2009

Optical Data of BitikleiteHide

Type:
Isotropic

Chemical Properties of BitikleiteHide

Formula:
Ca3SbSn(AlO4)3
IMA Formula:
Ca3(SbSn)(AlO4)3

Crystallography of BitikleiteHide

Crystal System:
Isometric
Class (H-M):
m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:
Ia3d
Setting:
I41/a 3 2/d
Cell Parameters:
a = 12.5240(2) Å
Unit Cell V:
1964.4 ų
Z:
8

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
4.407(
3.118(
2.789(
2.546(
1.973(
1.732(
1.668(
1.396(

Type Occurrence of BitikleiteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Crystals up to 50 µm across, consisting of kimzeyite cores and thin subsequent zones of complex lakargiite-tazheranite-kimzeyite pseudomorphs after zircon.
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Accessory mineral in the cuspidine zone of high-temperature skarns in a carbonate-silicate xenolith at the contact with ignimbrites.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of BitikleiteHide

Relationship of Bitikleite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
DzhuluiteCa3SbSnFe3+3O12Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
ElbrusiteCa3(Zr1.5U6+0.5)Fe3+3O12Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d
UsturiteCa3SbZr(Fe3+O4)3Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Ia3d

Other InformationHide

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 BitikleiteHide

Reference List:
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Gałuskina, I.O., Gałuskin, E.V., Armbruster, T., Lazić, B., Dzierżanowski, P., Gazeev, V.M, Prusik, K., Pertsev, N.N., Winiarski, A., Zadov, A.E., Wrzalik, R., Gurbanov, A.G. (2010) Bitikleite-(SnAl) and bitikleite-(ZrFe): New garnets from xenoliths of the Upper Chegem volcanic structure, Kabardino-Balkaria, Northern Caucasus, Russia. American Mineralogist: 95(7): 959-967.
Grew, E. S., Locock, A.J, Mills, S.J., Galuskina, I.O., Galuskin, E.V. and Hålenius, U. (2013) Nomenclature of the garnet supergroup. American Mineralogist: 98(4): 785-811.

Internet Links for BitikleiteHide

Localities for BitikleiteHide

ⓘ - 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.
Russia (TL)
 
  • Kabardino-Balkarian Republic
    • Baksan Valley
      • Upper Chegem volcanic caldera (Verkhnechegemskaya caldera)
        • Lakargi Mt.
Galuskina, I., Galuskin, E.V., Armbruster, T., Lazić, B., Dzierżanowski, P., Gazeev, V., Prusik, K., Pertsev, N., Winiarski, A., Zadov, A., Wrzalik, R., Gurbanov, A. (2010): Bitikleite-(SnAl) and bitikleite-(ZrFe) - new garnets from xenoliths of the Upper Chegem volcanic structure, Kabardino-Balkaria, Northern Caucasus, Russia. American Mineralogist, 95, 959-967.
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