Articles | Volume 33, issue 4
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 425–432, 2021
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 425–432, 2021

Research article 30 Jul 2021

Research article | 30 Jul 2021

The intracrystalline microstructure of Monte Fico lizardite, by optics, μ-Raman spectroscopy and TEM

Giancarlo Capitani et al.

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Unusually large lizardite (Lz) crystals from Monte Fico serpentinites, Elba (Mellini and Viti, 1994), have allowed several subsequent studies. During a µ-Raman study of serpentine minerals (Compagnoni et al., 2021), the careful microscopic examination of this Lz showed spongy microstructure. TEM observations confirmed that the Lz hosts voids, filled with chrysotile and polygonal serpentine; their mutual relationships indicate that Lz grew up with a skeletal habit and fibres epitactically.