Yangite, PbMnSi3O8·H2O, a new mineral species with double wollastonite silicate chains, from the Kombat mine, Namibia

Robert T Downs, William W. Pinch, Richard M. Thompson, Stanley H. Evans, Lauren Megaw

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A new chain-silicate mineral species, yangite, ideally PbMnSi3O8·H2O, has been found on a specimen from the Kombat mine, Otavi Valley, Namibia. Associated minerals are melanotekite and rhodochrosite.Yangite is colorless to pale brown in transmitted light, transparent with white streak and vitreous luster.Broken pieces of yangite crystals are bladed or platy, and elongated along [010]. It is sectile with a Mohs hardness of ~5; cleavage is perfect on {101} and no twinning or parting was observed. The measured and calculated densities are 4.14(3) and 4.16 g/cm3, respectively. Optically, yangite is biaxial (-), with nα = 1.690(1), nβ = 1.699(1), nγ = 1.705(1), Y = b, Z K c = 11°, and 2Vmeas = 77(2)°. It is insoluble in water, acetone, and hydrochloric acid. An electron microprobe analysis demonstrated that the sample was relatively pure, yielding the empirical formula (with calculated H2O) Pb1.00Mn1.00 2+Si3.00O8·H2O.Yangite is triclinic and exhibits space group symmetry P 1$\overline{1}$ with unit-cell parameters a = 9.6015(9), b = 7.2712(7), c = 7.9833(8) Å, α = 105.910(4), β = 118.229(4), γ = 109.935(5)°, and V = 392.69(7) Å3.Its crystal structure is based on a skeleton of double wollastonite SiO4 tetrahedral chains oriented parallel to [010] and interlinked with ribbons of Mn-and Pb-polyhedra. Yangite represents the first chain silicate with two-connected double chains and possesses all of the structural features of a hypothetical triclinic Ca2Si3O8·2H2O phase proposed by Merlino and Bonaccorsi (2008)as a derivative of the okenite structure. The difference in the H2O component between the hypothetical phase and yangite likely is a consequence of the larger Pb2+ with its lone-pair electrons in yangite replacing the smaller Ca2+ in the hypothetical phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2539-2543
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Volume101
Issue number11
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StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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Keywords

  • chain silicate
  • crystal structure
  • Raman spectra
  • wollastonite chains
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Yangite

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Yangite, PbMnSi3O8·H2O, a new mineral species with double wollastonite silicate chains, from the Kombat mine, Namibia. / Downs, Robert T; Pinch, William W.; Thompson, Richard M.; Evans, Stanley H.; Megaw, Lauren.

In: American Mineralogist, Vol. 101, No. 11, 01.11.2016, p. 2539-2543.

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Downs, Robert T ; Pinch, William W. ; Thompson, Richard M. ; Evans, Stanley H. ; Megaw, Lauren. / Yangite, PbMnSi3O8·H2O, a new mineral species with double wollastonite silicate chains, from the Kombat mine, Namibia. In: American Mineralogist. 2016 ; Vol. 101, No. 11. pp. 2539-2543.
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