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Zabuyelite

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Formula:
Li2CO3
Colour:
Colourless
Lustre:
Sub-Vitreous
Hardness:
3
Specific Gravity:
2.096 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Name:
Named in 1987 by Mianping Zheng and Wengao Liu for the type locality, the Zhabuye Salt Lake, Nagri, Tibet, China.
Originally found as very tiny microscopic colorless inclusions in microscopic fluid-bearing inclusions in spodumene.


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Classification of ZabuyeliteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
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

Physical Properties of ZabuyeliteHide

Sub-Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent
Colour:
Colourless
Hardness:
Density:
2.096 g/cm3 (Calculated)
Comment:
Zemann (1957)

Optical Data of ZabuyeliteHide

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 ZabuyeliteHide

Formula:
Li2CO3

Crystallography of ZabuyeliteHide

Crystal System:
Monoclinic
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
B2/b
Setting:
C2/c
Cell Parameters:
a = 8.35 Å, b = 4.97 Å, c = 6.19 Å
β = 114.6°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.68 : 1 : 1.245
Unit Cell V:
233.57 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Z:
4

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
4.164 (85)
3.797 (19)
3.029 (25)
2.918 (80)
2.812 (100)
2.627 (30)
2.488 (18)
2.431 (40)
2.276 (20)
2.256 (12)
2.116 (4)
2.081 (7)
2.012 (2)
1.910 (2)
1.893 (2)
1.867 (17)
1.8205 (1)
1.8121 (4)
1.6208 (4)
1.5959 (7)
1.5858 (2)
1.5804 (4)
1.5723 (4)
1.5652 (8)
1.5469 (10)
Comments:
Synthetic material. Zemann, J. (1957) Die Kristallstruktur von Li2CO3. Acta Crystallographica, v. 10, p. 664-666. ICDD 9-359

Type Occurrence of ZabuyeliteHide

Synonyms of ZabuyeliteHide

Other Language Names for ZabuyeliteHide

German:Zabuyelit
Simplified Chinese:扎布耶石
Spanish:Zabuyelita

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Spodumene2 photos of Zabuyelite associated with Spodumene on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Zabuyelite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

5.AA.10NatriteNa2CO3Mon.
5.AA.10Gregoryite(Na2,K2,Ca)CO3Hex.
5.AA.15NahcoliteNaHCO3Mon. 2/m
5.AA.20KaliciniteKHCO3Mon. 2/m
5.AA.25Teschemacherite(NH4)HCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pccn
5.AA.30WegscheideriteNa5H3(CO3)4Tric. 1 : P1

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

11.1.2NatriteNa2CO3Mon.
11.1.3NahcoliteNaHCO3Mon. 2/m
11.1.4WegscheideriteNa5H3(CO3)4Tric. 1 : P1
11.1.5ThermonatriteNa2CO3 · H2OOrth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pmmm
11.1.6TronaNa3H(CO3)2 · 2H2OMon. 2/m
11.1.7NatronNa2CO3 · 10H2OMon. 2/m : P2/m
11.1.8KaliciniteKHCO3Mon. 2/m
11.1.9ShortiteNa2Ca2(CO3)3Orth. mm2 : Amm2
11.1.10NyerereiteNa2Ca(CO3)2Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Cmcm
11.1.11NatrofairchilditeNa2Ca(CO3)2Orth.
11.1.12ZemkoriteNa2Ca(CO3)2Hex.
11.1.13PirssoniteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 2H2OOrth. mm2 : Fdd2
11.1.14GaylussiteNa2Ca(CO3)2 · 5H2OMon. 2/m : B2/b
11.1.15BaylissiteK2Mg(CO3)2 · 4H2OMon.
11.1.16FairchilditeK2Ca(CO3)2Hex. 6/mmm (6/m 2/m 2/m) : P63/mmc
11.1.17BütschliiteK2Ca(CO3)2Trig. 3m (3 2/m) : R3m
11.1.18Teschemacherite(NH4)HCO3Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pccn

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 ZabuyeliteHide

Reference List:
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Zemann, J. (1957) Die Kristallstruktur von Li2CO3. Acta Crystallographica, v. 10, p. 664-666.
Zheng Mianping and Liu Wengao (1987): A new mineral - Zabuyelite. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 7(3), 221-226 (in Chinese with English abstract). [Abstract in American Mineralogist (1990) 75, 243-244.]
Anderson, Alan J., Alan H. Clark, and Samantha Gray (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.
Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 150, 133-138.

Internet Links for ZabuyeliteHide

Localities for ZabuyeliteHide

This 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.

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.
Canada
 
  • Manitoba
    • Lac-du-Bonnet area
      • Bernic Lake
LONDON, D., ZOLENSKY, M.E. & ROEDDER, E. (1987): Diomignite: natural Li2B4O7 from the Tanco pegmatite, Bernic Lake, Manitoba. Canadian Mineralogist 25, 173-180. Canadian Mineralogist 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
Mozambique
 
  • Zambezia Province
    • Alto Ligonha District
Thomas, R., Davidson, P. (2010): Hambergite-rich melt inclusions in morganite crystals from the Muiane pegmatite, Mozambique and some remarks on the paragenesis of hambergite. - Mineralogy and Petrology, 100, 3-4, 227-23
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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