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Sericite

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Formula:
KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Name:
Named in 1852 by Karl/Carl List from the Greek seirος meaning "silken".
A variety of Muscovite

A term for a fine-grained white, pale green to oily greenish mica, mainly Muscovite (rarely Paragonite).


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Chemical Properties of SericiteHide

Formula:
KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

Age informationHide

Age range:
Neoproterozoic to Quaternary : 670 Ma to 1.3 ± 0.1 Ma - based on data given below.
Sample ages:
Sample IDRecorded ageGeologic TimeDating method
11.3 ± 0.1 MaPleistoceneAr-Ar
215.3 ± 0.6 MaMioceneK-Ar
320.8 ± 0.4 MaMioceneK-Ar
4131.1 ± 1.6 MaEarly CretaceousAr-Ar
5159 ± 1.5 MaJurassicK-Ar
6187.4 ± 0.3 MaEarly JurassicAr-Ar
7200 MaEarly Jurassic
8242.8 ± 0.8 MaMiddle TriassicAr-Ar
9286.33 ± 1.2 MaCisuralianAr-Ar
10349.8 ± 3.9 MaMississippianAr-Ar
11379.9 ± 3.8 MaLate DevonianAr-Ar
12386 ± 4 MaMiddle Devonian40Ar-39Ar
13413.5 ± 4.7 MaEarly DevonianAr-Ar
14670 to 660 MaCryogenianAr-Ar
Sample references:
IDLocalityReference
1Mutnovsky volcano, Kamchatka Oblast', Far-Eastern Region, RussiaTakahashi, R., Matsueda, H., Okrugin, V. M., & Ono, S. (2006). Polymetallic and Au?Ag Mineralizations at the Mutnovskoe Deposit in South Kamchatka, Russia. Resource Geology, 56(2), 141-156.
2Tonopah District, San Antonio Mts, Nye Co., Nevada, USASilberman, M. L., Bonham, H. F. Jr., Garside, L. J., Ashley, R. P. (1978) Radiometric ages of volcanic and plutonic rocks and hydrothermal alteration-mineralization in the Tonopah Mining District and vicinity, Nye and Esmerelda Counties, Nevada. United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-841. 1-48.
3Oulay Mine, Lake City, Lake City District, Hinsdale Co., Colorado, USAHon K, Ludwig K R, Simmons K R, Slack J F, Grauch R I (1985): U-Pb isochron age and Pb isotope systematics of the Golden Fleece Vein-Implications for the relationship of mineralization to the Lake City Caldera, Western San Juan Mountains, Colorado. Economic Geology 80(2) 410-417.
4Ryabinovskoe Cu-Au deposit, Aldan, Aldan Shield, Sakha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, RussiaBorisenko, A.S., Spiridonov, A.M., Izokh, A.E., Prokopiev, A.V., Lebedev, V.I., Gaskov, I.V., ... & Tretyakova, I. G. (2012). Highly productive stages of basite and granitoid magmatism in Northern Asia, an assessment of their resource potential, scientific substantiation of the forecast criteria, and the search for large deposits (Cu-Ni-Pt, Co, Au and rare metals). Minerageny problems of Russia, 237-252.
5Vershino-Darasunskiy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia, Eastern-Siberian Region, RussiaChernyshev, I. V., Prokof’ev, V. Y., Bortnikov, N. S., Chugaev, A. V., Goltsman, Y. V., Lebedev, V. A., ... & Zorina, L. D. (2014). Age of granodiorite porphyry and beresite from the Darasun gold field, eastern Transbaikal region, Russia. Geology of Ore Deposits, 56(1), 1-14.
6Huangtuliang Au deposit, Zhenningpu, Chicheng Co., Zhangjiakou Prefecture, Hebei Province, ChinaBao, Z., Sun, W., Li, C., Zhao, Z. (2014): U-Pb dating of hydrothermal zircon from the Dongping gold deposit in North China: Constraints on the mineralization processes. Ore Geology Reviews 61 107-119.
7Nikitovka Hg Deposit, Central Donbass, Donetsk (Donets'k) Oblast', UkraineBelous, I. R., Kirikilitsa, S. I., Levenshteyn, M. L., Rodina, E. K., & Florinskaya, V. N. (1984). Occurrences of mercury in northwestern Donbass salt domes. International Geology Review, 26(5), 573-582.
8Nanjinshan Mine, Subei Co., Jiuquan Prefecture, Gansu Province, ChinaHan C, Xiao W, Zhao G, Sun M, Qu W, Du A (2014): Re-Os geochronology on molybdenites from the Donggebi Mo Deposit in the Eastern Tianshan of the Central Asia Orogenic Belt and its geological significance. Resource Geology 64 (2) 136-148.
9Akjilga Ag-Sb deposit, Bazardara ore cluster, Pamir Silver District, Pamir Mts, Viloyati Mukhtori Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanTretiakova, I. G., Borisenko, A. S., Lebedev, V. I., Pavlova, G. G., Goverdovsky, V. A., & Travin, A. V. (2010) Cobalt mineralization in the Altai–Sayan orogen: age and correlation with magmatism. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 51(9), 1078-1090.
10Karakul’skoe deposit, Yustid ore cluster, Altai Republic, Western-Siberian Region, RussiaTretiakova, I. G., Borisenko, A. S., Lebedev, V. I., Pavlova, G. G., Goverdovsky, V. A., & Travin, A. V. (2010). Cobalt mineralization in the Altai–Sayan orogen: age and correlation with magmatism. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 51(9), 1078-1090.
11Kharadzhul’skoe Cu–Co– As deposit, Khakassia Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia  "  "
12Rara Fortuna deposit, El Guaico District, Minas Department, Córdoba, ArgentinaSkirrow R G, Camacho A, Lyons P, Pieters P E, Sims J P, Stuart-Smith P G, Miró (2000): Metallogeny of the southern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina: geological, 40Ar-39Ar dating and stable isotope evidence for Devonian Au, Ag-Pb-Zn and W ore formation. Ore Geology Review 17 (1-2), 39-81.
13Abakanskoe deposit, Khakassia Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, RussiaTretiakova, I. G., Borisenko, A. S., Lebedev, V. I., Pavlova, G. G., Goverdovsky, V. A., & Travin, A. V. (2010). Cobalt mineralization in the Altai–Sayan orogen: age and correlation with magmatism. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 51(9), 1078-1090.
14Udereiskoe, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Eastern-Siberian Region, RussiaNozhkin, A. D., Borisenko, A. S., & Nevol’ko, P. A. (2011). Stages of Late Proterozoic magmatism and periods of Au mineralization in the Yenisei Ridge.Russian Geology and Geophysics, 52(1), 124-143.

Synonyms of SericiteHide

Other Language Names for SericiteHide

Varieties of SericiteHide

Chromian SericiteA chromium-bearing variety of Sericite.

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Quartz30 photos of Sericite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Pyrite21 photos of Sericite associated with Pyrite on mindat.org.
Epidote10 photos of Sericite associated with Epidote on mindat.org.
Fluorite9 photos of Sericite associated with Fluorite on mindat.org.
Calcite8 photos of Sericite associated with Calcite on mindat.org.
Schorl7 photos of Sericite associated with Schorl on mindat.org.
Topaz6 photos of Sericite associated with Topaz on mindat.org.
Weberite6 photos of Sericite associated with Weberite on mindat.org.
Cryolite6 photos of Sericite associated with Cryolite on mindat.org.
Magnetite6 photos of Sericite associated with Magnetite on mindat.org.

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.

Sericite in petrologyHide

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References for SericiteHide

Reference List:
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Zhang, M., Wang, L., Hirai, S., Redfern, S.A.T., and Salje, E.K.H. (2005) Dehydroxylation and CO2 incorporation in annealed mica (sericite): An infrared spectroscopic study. American Mineralogist: 90: 173-180.

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Localities for SericiteHide

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