Johachidolite, CaAl[B3O7], a mineralogical and structural peculiarity
Kadiyski, Milen; Armbruster, Thomas Günther; Reusser, Eric; Peretti, Adolf
European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 20 Number 5 (2008), p. 965 - 973
published: Nov 5, 2008
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The crystal structure of johachidolite, CaAl[B3O7], (Cmma, a = 9.767(2), b = 11.723(3), c = 4.3718(5) Å, V = 408.3(1) Å3, Z = 4) has been refined (R1 = 2.5 %) from a light-green gem-quality crystal from the Mogok gem-mining district in Myanmar. A fragment from the same gem was measured by electron microprobe and Laser-Ablation Inductively-Coupled-Plasma Mass-spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), and is almost end-member composition with ca. 0.3 wt.% ThO2 and ca. 1000 ppm Ln probably replacing Ca. Johachidolite has a very dense structure with all cations in maximum oxygen coordination. Boron is tetrahedrally coordinated and the tetrahedra form four- and six-membered rings that link to give a sheet, the only borate layer-structure among minerals with only BO4 tetrahedra. The interlayer space is filled by octahedrally coordinated Al and ten-coordinated Ca. Johachidolite, forming in boron-rich skarn or pegmatite, has never been synthesized. Other ternary compounds, synthesized from corresponding glass compositions, CaAlBO4 and CaAl2B2O7, are unknown as minerals and have B (three-coordinate), Al (tetrahedral), and Ca (octahedral) in their lowest known oxygen coordination. Johachidolite displays the structural characteristics of a mineral with high-pressure stability.