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Britholite-hellandite intergrowths and associated REE-minerals from the alkali-syenitic ejecta of the Vico volcanic complex (Latium, Italy): petrological implications bearing on REE mobility in volcanic systems

Della Ventura, Giancarlo; Williams, C. Terry; Cabella, Roberto; Oberti, Roberta; Caprilli, Enrico; Bellatreccia, Fabio

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 11 Number 5 (1999), p. 843 - 854

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published: Sep 30, 1999
manuscript accepted: Apr 7, 1999
manuscript received: Jul 20, 1998

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/11/5/0843

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Abstract This paper describes the occurrence of Th-rich hellandite-(Ce) and britholite-(Ce) within a volcanic ejectum from a pyroclastic formation of the Vico volcanic complex, north of Rome, Italy. The host rock is a saturated alkali-syenite which consists mainly of potassium feldspar and plagioclase, together with fluor-biotite, plagioclase, titanite, clinopyroxene and magnetite. Hellandite-(Ce) and britholite-(Ce) are associated with this mineral assemblage which contains also several accessory phases including zircon, fluorapatite, allanite, and silico-phosphates of Th, U, REE close in composition to cheralite-brabantite. Hellandite-(Ce) and britholite-( Ce) are typically intergrown with hellandite in all case observed rimming britholite. These unusual REE, Th, U minerals are secondary to the formation of the host rock and the compositions of the associated minerals suggest that they originated from fluids rich in F, P, and possibly S and C. The presence of fractures filled by clays containing dispersed REE-minerals, probably fluorocarbonates, suggests a very late-stage hydrothermal remobilization, transportation and redeposition of the REE. An important implication of such widespread secondary mineralization is that great care should be exerted when using bulk-rock trace-element data from these volcanic samples for geochemical modelling.


hellanditebritholiteREE-phosphatescrystal chemistryLatium volcanic district