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Bulgakite

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Formula:
Li2(Ca,Na)Fe2+7Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)4(F,O)(H2O)2
Colour:
Brownish orange
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
3
Specific Gravity:
3.30 - 3.326
Crystal System:
Triclinic
Name:
Named after Lev Vasil'evich Bulgak (born 1955), Russian mineralogist, gemologist, and discoverer of several new minerals.
Bulgakite is a Ca-analogue of nalivkinite.


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Classification of BulgakiteHide

Approved
Approval Year:
2014
First Published:
2016

Physical Properties of BulgakiteHide

Vitreous
Transparency:
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
Brownish orange
Hardness:
Cleavage:
Perfect
Perfect parallel to {001} and moderate parallel to {010}
Density:
3.30 - 3.326 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Optical Data of BulgakiteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.695(3) nβ = 1.711(2) nγ = 1.750(3)
2V:
Measured: 70° (5), Calculated: 67°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.055
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
High
Dispersion:
Strong: r > v

Chemical Properties of BulgakiteHide

Formula:
Li2(Ca,Na)Fe2+7Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)4(F,O)(H2O)2
IMA Formula:
Li2(Ca,Na)Fe2+7Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)4(O,F)(H2O)2

Crystallography of BulgakiteHide

Crystal System:
Triclinic
Class (H-M):
1 - Pinacoidal
Space Group:
P1
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.374(1) Å, b = 11.965(2) Å, c = 11.654(3) Å
α = 113.457(8)°, β = 94.533(8)°, γ = 103.084(10)°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 0.449 : 1 : 0.974
Unit Cell V:
657.5 ų

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
d-spacingIntensity
10.54(100)
3.50(100)
2.783(90)
2.647(55)
2.578(100)
1.760(52)
1.660(46)
1.576(68)
Comments:
From Type Description.

Type Occurrence of BulgakiteHide

Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Type material is deposited in the collections of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, registration number 4572/1
Geological Setting of Type Material:
Fenitized amphibole–quartz–feldspar rock

Synonyms of BulgakiteHide

Relationship of Bulgakite to other SpeciesHide

Other Members of this group:
AstrophylliteK2NaFe2+7Ti2Si8O28(OH)4FTric. 1 : P1
Hydroastrophyllite(H3O,K,Ca)3(Fe,Mn)5-65Ti2Si8(O,OH)31Tric.
NalivkiniteLi2Na(Fe2+,Mn2+)7Ti2Si8O26(OH)4FTric. 1 : P1
Niobophyllite(K,Na)3(Fe,Mn)6(Nb,Ti)2Si8(O,OH,F)31Tric.
Tarbagataite(K□)Ca(Fe2+,Mn)7Ti2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)5 Tric. 1 : P1
ZircophylliteK2NaFe2+7Zr2(Si4O12)2O2(OH)4FTric.

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 BulgakiteHide

Reference List:
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Agakhanov, A.A., Pautov, L.A., Sokolova, E., Hawthorne, F.C. and Karpenko, V.Y. (2014) Bulgakite, IMA 2014-041. CNMNC Newsletter No. 22, October 2014, page 1242; Mineralogical Magazine, 78, 1241-1248
Agakhanov, A.A., Pautov, L.A., Sokolova, E., Abdu, Y.A., Karpenko, V.Y. (2016): Two Astrophyllite-Supergroup Minerals: Bulgakite, A New Mineral From the Darai-Pioz Alkaline Massif, Tajikistan and Revision of the Crystal Structure and Chemical Formula of Nalivkinite. Canadian Mineralogist: 54: 33-48.

Internet Links for BulgakiteHide

Localities for BulgakiteHide

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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.
Tajikistan (TL)
 
  • Region of Republican Subordination
    • Tien Shan Mtn
      • Alai Range (Alayskiy)
Agakhanov, A.A., Pautov, L.A., Sokolova, E., Hawthorne, F.C. and Karpenko, V.Y. (2014) Bulgakite, IMA 2014-041. CNMNC Newsletter No. 22, October 2014, page 1242; Mineralogical Magazine, 78, 1241-1248; Agakhanov, A.A., Pautov, L.A., Sokolova, E., Abdu, Y.A., Karpenko, V.Y. (2016): Two Astrophyllite-Supergroup Minerals: Bulgakite, A New Mineral From the Darai-Pioz Alkaline Massif, Tajikistan and Revision of the Crystal Structure and Chemical Formula of Nalivkinite. Canadian Mineralogist: 54: 33-48.
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