The join between the compositions K2Mg2(SO4)3 and K2Ca2(SO4)3 was studied by means of high-temperature equilibrium quenching techniques and by means of a heating stage mounted on an X-ray diffractometer. Complete solid solution exists in the system, but at 25??C members of the solid solution series are isometric only in the composition range 0-73??5 wt. per cent K2Ca2(SO4)3. At compositions richer in K2Ca2(SO4)3 than 73??5 wt. per cent, members of the series are optically biaxial. At higher temperatures members of the solid solution series are isometric at successively more calcium-rich compositions and pure K2Ca2(SO4)3 is isometric above about 200 ?? 2??C. The system is not binary, as mixtures richer in K2Ca2(SO4)3 than 42 wt. per cent decompose with the formation of liquid and CaSO4. ?? 1964.
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The system K2Mg2(SO4)3 (langbeinite)-K2Ca2(SO4)3 (calcium-langbeinite)