Original paper

High-temperature crystal chemistry of C2/c clinopyroxenes along the join CaMgSi2O6-CaAl2SiO6

Tribaudino, Mario

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 8 Number 2 (1996), p. 273 - 280

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published: Apr 26, 1996
manuscript accepted: Sep 15, 1995
manuscript received: May 8, 1995

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/8/2/0273

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Abstract Single-crystal in-situ data have been collected at high temperature on synthetic clinopyroxenes of composition Di50CaTs30 and Di50CaTs30. Sample Di50CaTs30 was refined at 25, 300, 500 and 700°C and sample Di50CaTs50 at 700°C . A strong deformation with temperature in the M2 polyhedron is induced by a shift in the tetrahedral chains along z, decreasing the M2 polyhedral coordination, similar to the high temperature behaviour of pure diopside and other C2/c clinopyroxenes. This deformation is opposite to that produced at room temperature by the entrance of CaTs into the diopside structure. The amount of the deformation in the M2 polyhedron is comparable to that observed in pure diopside and lower than in Ca-poorer clinopyroxene. The behaviour of Beq vs T suggests the presence of positional disorder in the studied samples, mostly affecting the oxygen atoms.


C2/c clinopyroxenehigh-temperature X-ray diffractionDi-CaTs joincrystal structure