Nomenclature of amphiboles: Additions and revisions to the International Mineralogical Association's amphibole nomenclature

Bernard E. Leake, Alan R. Woolley, William D. Birch, Ernst A.J. Burke, Giovanni Ferraris, Joel D. Grice, Frank C. Hawthorne, Hanan J. Kisch, Vladimir G. Krivovichev, John C. Schumacher, Nicholas C.N. Stephenson, Eric J.W. Whittaker

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Abstract

The introduction of a fifth amphibole group, the Na-Ca-Mg-Fe-Mn-Li group, defined by 0.50 < B(Mg,Fe2+,Mn2+,Li) < 1.50 and 0.50 <= B(Ca,Na) <= 1.50 apfu (atoms per formula unit), with members whittakerite and ottoliniite, has been required by recent discoveries of B(LiNa) amphiboles. This, and other new discoveries, such as sodicpedrizitc (which is herein slightly, but significantly changed from the original idealised formula),. necessitate amendments to the IMA 1997 definitions of the Mg-Fe-Mn-Li, calcic, sodic-calcic and sodic groups. The discovery of obertiite and the finding of an incompatibility in the IMA 1997 subdivision of the sodic group, requires further amendments within the sodic group. All these changes, which have IMA approval, are summarised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Mineralogy
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Amphibole nomenclature
  • Obertiite
  • Ottoliniite
  • Sodic amphiboles
  • Sodicpedrizite
  • Whittakerite

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