Baghdadite from Fuka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Kanako Shiraga, Isao Kusachi, Shoichi Kobayashi, Junji Yamakawa

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Baghdadite was found in a spurrite zone in skarns at Fuka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It occurs as anhedral grains up to 0,5 mm in length and prismatic crystals up to 0.6×0.4×0.2 mm, in association with gehlenite, spurrite, tilleyite, peroéskite, grandite garnet and éesuéianite. The empirical formula of the mineral is (Ca3.03Na0.01)∑3.04(Zr 0.83Ti0.15)∑0.98(Si1.99Al 0.01Fe0.01)∑2.01O9 on the basis of O=9, which is consistent with the ideal formula Ca3ZrSi2O9. The unit cell parameters are a= 10.429(2), b= 10.170(2), c=7.365(1)A and β = 91.01(1)°. The mineral is optically biaxial negatiée with refractiée indices a= 1.735, β= 1.747, and γ= 1.755, and calculated 2 V = 1W. The Vickers microhardness is 803 kg mm2 (25 g load) and the density is 3.36 g cm3. It is likely that baghdadite at Fuka was formed by a reaction of pre-existing rankinite and/ or kilchoanite, and ZrO2 eéoléed from an intrusiée igneous liquid at a high temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geology


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