QuadridavyneJ(Na,K)6Cl2][Ca2Cl2][Si6Al6O24], a new feldspathoid mineral from Vesuvius area
Bonaccrsi, Elena; Merlino, Stefano; Orlandi, Paolo; Pasero, Marco; Vezzalini, Giovanna
European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 6 Number 4 (1994), p. 481 - 488
published: Jul 27, 1994
manuscript accepted: Apr 22, 1994
manuscript received: Jan 22, 1994
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Abstract A new feldspathoid mineral, quadridavyne, belonging to the davyne group, is described. It was found in the locality Ottaviano, near Napoli, southern Italy, within products of the 1906 volcanic activity of Vesuvius. It occurs as transparent, colorless, prismatic crystals, elongated  with hexagonal outline. Twinning (1100) is frequent. The mineral is brittle, with hardness ca. 5, dmeas= 2.335(5), dcalc = 2.354 g/cm3. Optically it is uniaxial (+), with ω = 1.529(1) and ε = 1.532(1). Its ideal chemical formula, derived from electron microprobe data, is [(Na,K)6Cl2][Ca2Cl2][(Si6Al6O24)]. Quadridavyne is hexagonal, space group P63/m, a = 25.771(6), c = 5.371(1) Å, Z = 4. The structure of quadridavyne is topologically identical to that of davyne. The major difference lies in the long-range ordering of alkaline cations (Na+ and K+) and chlorine within the open channels running along , resulting in the doubling of the a parameter.