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See detailAltération hydrothermale du béryl et formation de ses minéraux secondaires dans la pegmatite de Prà della Munega (Sondrio, Italie)
de Marchin, Stéphanie ULg

Master's dissertation (2012)

Beryl crystals have been found in the pegmatite of Prà della Munega rich in feldspars, quartz, muscovite and garnet. This pegmatite outcrops near Chiavenna, in Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy. These ... [more ▼]

Beryl crystals have been found in the pegmatite of Prà della Munega rich in feldspars, quartz, muscovite and garnet. This pegmatite outcrops near Chiavenna, in Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy. These beryls show different degrees of alteration according to their localization in the pegmatite. Electron microprobe analyzes and X-ray diffraction mesurments (powder and four circles diffractometer) allowed to identify several silicates produced by the alteration of beryl: bavenite, bertrandite, chiavennite, milarite. Chemical analyzes of these minerals show substitution mechanisms which affect beryl and bavenite. Crystal structures of bavenite, chiavennite and milarite were also resolved. These structures are in accordance to structures described in literature, except milarite which Na’s site occupies a slightly shifted position compared with mirror plan. Petrographic observations and the Rietveld methodology allowed to define asequence of alteration. During the alteration, the shape of original beryl is conserved. Bavenite crystallizes in the shape of original beryl, bertrandite and chiavennite crystallize in the shape of original beryl and out of this, and milarite crystallizes out of the shape of original beryl due to a mobilization of Be by pegmatitic fluids. Bavenite and bertrandite are the first minerals to crystallize with an input of Ca, Mn, K, Si, Li, Be and Rb which results of the metasomatism of Na (albitization). These fluids, with a temperature of 350°C, destabilize the beryl and allow the crystallization of these alteration-induced minerals. Chiavennite and milarite are the last minerals who crystallize in the system with an input of K and Mn. These fluids, reaching low temperature and rich in K and Mn, could originate from late metamorphic fluids or residual fluids in pegmatites. [less ▲]

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