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Cuprian fraipontite and sauconite from the Defiance-Silver Bill mines, Gleeson, Arizona.

Mineralogical Record

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Abstract

XRD studies have shown the fine-grained, light blue-green mineral previously identified as turquoise or chrysocolla to be the rare species fraipontite + or - admixed sauconite. Composite microprobe and XRF analyses gave SiO2 24.8, Al2O3 17.3, CaO 0.34, CuO 5.2, ZnO 40.95, H2O (ign. loss, 900oC) 12.8, = 101.39, yielding the formula (Zn1.84Al0.77Cu0.24box 0.13- Ca0.02)3.00(Si1.51Al0.49)2.00O5(OH)4. Semiquantitative emission spectrographic analysis showed Fe 0.007, Mg 0.01, Ca 0.07, Si 10, Al major, Na 0.015, Zn major, Cu 5%; Mn 15, B 150, Be 7, Ni 50, Pb 15, Sc 15, Ga 70 and Ag 1 ppm. It has a 5.331(8), b 9.23(1), c 7.275(6) A, beta 104.15o; H. 3.5-4; Dcalc 3.44, Dobs. 3.08- 3.10; mean refr. ind. approx 1.61. Much of the fraipontite is admixed with sauconite, which may be forming from the fraipontite. XRF analysis of this material gave SiO2 32.8, Al2O3 10.9, MgO < 0.1, CaO 1.51, Na2O < 0.2, K2O < 0.02, TiO2 < 0.02, P2O5 < 0.02, MnO < 0.02, CuO 4.65, ZnO 39.9, ign. loss 13.9, = 103.7.-G.W.R.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Cuprian fraipontite and sauconite from the Defiance-Silver Bill mines, Gleeson, Arizona.
Series title:
Mineralogical Record
Volume
14
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
131
Last page:
132
Number of Pages:
2