Distinct domains in "guarinite" from monte somma, Italy: Microstructural hrtem evidence

Alessandro Genovese*, Marcello Mellini, Stefano Merlino

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    Guarinite" crystals, of composition Na 1.56Ca 11.13Zr 2.33Nb 0.07Mn 0.51Fe 0.40(Si 2O 7) 4(O 3.31F 4.69), show extensive defective microstructural arrangements, deriving from the presence of domains with different unit-cells. The structural complexity of "guarinite" results from the variable arrangements of simple structural building units (i.e., Si 2O 7 groups), possibly shifted by c/2 within the framework of octahedra. Actually, [100] and [010] images acquired with a transmission electron microscope reveal ubiquitous lamellar microstructures. Interlocked irregular domains characterize the [001] projection.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)549-557
    Number of pages9
    JournalCanadian Mineralogist
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


    • Guarinite
    • High-resolution transmission electron microscopy
    • Microstructure
    • Modulation
    • Twinning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geochemistry and Petrology


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