Iron oxides and hydroxides found in the so-called maghemite-bearing iron oxide ores from the Kumano mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan have been investigated using polarizing microscopy, reflecting microscopy, powder X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) to reevaluate the previous study carried out by Shibuya (1958). The results show that the iron oxide described as maghemite by Shibuya is actually magnetite, showing a compositional zoning of Si with trace amounts of Al and Ca, and that only hematite and goethite are found as alteration products. The compositional zoning of the magnetite may indicate that the silicon-bearing magnetite was formed during reducing conditions. The a lattice parameter of a = 8.376(l) Å for the silicon-bearing magnite shorter than that of normal magnetite. This contraction in the crystal lattice is probably caused by a coupled substitution: Si4+ for Fe4+ on the tetrahedral sites and a divalent cation (mainly Fe2+) for Fe3+ on the octahedral sites, with a simple substitution of Al3+ for Fe3+ on the tetrahedral sites.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Jul 3|
- Iron skarn
- Kumano mine
- Si-substituted magnetite
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