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Germanium muscovites with excess hydroxyl water, KAl2[Ge3-xAl1+xO10-x(OH)x(OH)2] and the question of excess OH in natural muscovites

Ackermann, Lothar; Langer, Klaus; Rieder, Milan

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 5 Number 1 (1993), p. 19 - 30

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published: Mar 4, 1993
manuscript accepted: Jul 9, 1992
manuscript received: Jul 8, 1991

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/5/1/0019

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Abstract Single crystals of Ge-muscovite, up to 500 μm in diameter and up to 60 μm in thickness, were grown hydrothermally at 1.5 to 2.0 kbar/425-450°C and at 4.0 to 6.0 kbar/600°C. Refined cell parameters, based on 1 M indexing, are a = 5.283 (6), b = 9.129 (7), c = 10.656 (11), ß = 101.51 (13)°. Microprobe analyses and single-crystal IR spectra prove an excess of Al and OH, thus yielding the formula KAl2[Ge3-xAl1+xO10-x(OH)x(OH)2] with x = 0.13 and 0.16 for micas from the two runs. The "normal" OH valence vibration of Si-muscovite (3628 cm-1) is found at 3640 cm-1 in single-crystal spectra of the Ge-muscovite. Additional bands occur at 3480 and 1165 cm-1. In all cases, the dipole moment vector makes an angle p near 10° with [100] in the ac plane. There is no evidence for the presence of oxonium, H3O+, replacing K+ in the Ge-muscovites. The results suggest that water exceeding two hydroxyls per formula unit in muscovite may be caused by the substitution Si4+[4] + O2- ↔ Al 3+[4] + OH'excess. The existence of this substitution in natural dioctahedral micas is likely, but the present data (37 published analyses) show that it is rather restricted and does not exceed about one-third of the variation encountered in the set examined.


OH excess in muscovitespolarized IR-spectroscopyGe-muscovites