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Research article
12 Oct 2022
Research article |  | 12 Oct 2022

Ferri-taramite, a new member of the amphibole supergroup, from the Jakobsberg Mn–Fe deposit, Värmland, Sweden

Dan Holtstam, Fernando Cámara, Andreas Karlsson, Henrik Skogby, and Thomas Zack

Ferri-taramite (IMA CNMNC 2021-046), ideally ANaB(CaNa)C(Mg3Fe23+)(Si6Al2)O22W(OH)2, occurs in skarn from the Jakobsberg manganese mine, Värmland, Sweden. Associated minerals are celsian, phlogopite, aegirine-augite, andradite, hancockite, melanotekite, microcline (var. hyalophane), calcite, baryte, prehnite, macedonite and oxyplumboroméite. Conditions of formation, close to peak metamorphism (at circa 650 C and 0.4 GPa), include silica undersaturation, a slightly peralkaline character and relatively high oxygen fugacities. Ferri-taramite forms poikiloblastic crystals up to 5 mm and is dark brownish black with a yellowish grey streak. The amphibole is brittle with an uneven to splintery fracture. Cleavage parallel to {110} is good. Hardness (Mohs) is  6, and Dcalc=3.227(5) g cm−3. Holotype ferri-taramite has the experimental unit formula A(Na0.79K0.16Pb0.01)Σ0.96B(Ca1.26Na0.72Mn0.022+)Σ2C(Mg2.66Mn0.582+Fe0.162+Zn0.02Fe1.263+ Al0.26Ti0.06)Σ5.00T(Al1.86Si6.14)Σ8O22W(OH)2, based on chemical analyses (EDS, laser-ablation ICP-MS) and spectroscopic (Mössbauer, infrared) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The mineral is optically biaxial (–), with α=1.670(5), β=1.680(5) and γ=1.685(5) in white light and 2Vmeas=70(10) and 2Vcalc=70.2. Ferri-taramite is distinctly pleochroic in transmitted light, with X pale yellow, Y dark brown, Z yellowish brown and absorption Y>Z>X. The eight strongest reflections in the X-ray powder pattern (d values (in Å), Irel, hkl) are 8.44, 60, 110; 3.392, 25, 131; 3.281, 39, 240; 3.140, 100, 310; 2.816, 45, 330; 2.7104, 38, 151; 1.3654, 26, 461; and 1.4451, 33, 661. Refined unit-cell parameters from single-crystal diffraction data are a=9.89596(13), b=18.015(2), c=5.32164(7) Å, β=105.003(13) and V=916.38(2) Å3 for Z=2. Refinement of the crystal structure yielded R=2.26 % for 2722 reflections with Io>2σ(I). The Mn2+ and Fe2+ ions show preference for the M1 and M3 octahedrally coordinated sites, whereas Fe3+ is strongly ordered at M2. The A-group cations, K and Na, are split over two subsites, A(m) and A(2), respectively.

1 Introduction

Members of the sodium–calcium subgroup of the amphibole supergroup (general formula AB2C5T8O22W2) associated with the root name taramite (Na(NaCa)Mg3Al2(Si6Al2)O22(OH)2) are relatively rare. They typically occur in alkaline igneous rocks and gneisses (e.g. Giret et al., 1980), retrogressed eclogites (Zhang and Liou, 1994), and some felsic lithologies that have experienced ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism (Compagnoni and Rolfo, 1999).

Ferrous compositions are the most frequent. The original “taramite”, reported from a nepheline syenite in the Vali Tarama ravine, near Mariupol, Ukraine (Morozewicz, 1925), essentially represents a ferro-ferri-taramite in composition, following the current amphibole supergroup classification (Hawthorne et al., 2012). The “ferri-taramite” from Bancroft, Ontario, Canada, investigated by Hawthorne and Grundy (1978) is also a ferro-ferri-taramite. Other specimens of ferro-taramite and ferro-ferri-taramite have been described in metabasites from the Rakovec Group along the northern and eastern boundary of the early Palaeozoic of the Gemeric Unit in Slovakia, metamorphosed under the high-pressure type of greenschist facies (Faryad and Bernhardt, 1996). Similar compositions are reported for retrogressive amphiboles in eclogites in the Aktyuz area, northern Kyrgyz Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan (Takasu and Orozbaev, 2009). Potassic-ferro-taramite from a metamorphosed monzonite, Sierra de los Filabres, Andalusia, Spain, was described by Oberti et al. (2008). Chemical analyses corresponding to potassic-ferro-ferri-taramite have been reported for amphiboles rimming arfvedsonite in ilvaite-bearing endoskarn of heterogeneous nepheline syenitic marginal pegmatites in Ilímaussaq, South Greenland (Graser and Markl, 2008).

Regarding magnesian compositions, the “alumino-magnesiotaramite” from a kyanite–eclogite pod, near Selje, Vestlandet, Norway, of Oberti et al. (2007a) corresponds to the present root-name amphibole taramite. Taramite has also been reported from the ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt of the Dabie Mountains (Wang et al., 2000) as well as in the Nybø eclogite pod (Norway), formed probably at 0.9–1.3 GPa and 650–720 C (Ungaretti et al., 1983), and in metabasites at Cóbdar in Sierra de los Filabres, Andalusia, Spain (Puga et al., 2002), formed at 550 C and 0.8 GPa. Chemical analyses corresponding to potassic-ferri-taramite have been reported in intergranular spaces of an orthopyroxenite xenolith from the Udachnaya-East kimberlite pipe, Daldyn kimberlite field, Siberian platform (Rezvukhin et al., 2020), and interpreted as metasomatic, similar to conditions in the Ilmenogorsky miaskite complex in the South Urals, Russia (Makagonov et al., 2018).

The present paper is the full scientific characterization of the CFe3+ analogue of taramite. Its name, ferri-taramite, is thus dictated by the amphibole nomenclature in force (Hawthorne et al., 2012). The mineral was approved prior to publication by IMA CNMNC (no. 2021-046). The material used here, a skarn sample from the Jakobsberg manganese mine in Sweden, was once examined by Flink (1914), who noted the unusual character of the amphibole and described it as a “strange hornblende”. No chemical data were reported for the sample at the time. The holotype material is deposited in the type mineral collection of the Department of Geosciences, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, 10405 Stockholm, Sweden, under collection number GEO-NRM #19221254 (specimen and sections).

2 Occurrence

At the Jakobsberg deposit (59.83 N, 14.11 E; 190 m a.s.l.), 1 km southeast of the Nordmark mine field, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden, separate hausmannite–braunite and magnetite–hematite ores form distinct bodies adjacent to banded skarn–carbonate masses (Magnusson, 1929). It is one of the dolomitic marble-hosted Fe–Mn–(Ba–Pb–As–Sb–Be) Långban-type deposits (Moore, 1970), in the Palaeoproterozoic Bergslagen ore region. They occur within supracrustal rocks predominated by  1.9 Ga rhyolitic volcanic–volcaniclastic units, altogether regionally metamorphosed under amphibolite-facies conditions (with a peak at 600–650 C, 0.3–0.4 GPa) and to some extent also thermally affected by 1.85–1.78 Ga Svecokarelian intrusions (Björck, 1986; Sandström and Holtstam, 1999; Stephens and Jansson, 2020). Genetically, Långban-type deposits constitute metamorphic equivalents of exhalative Mn–Fe deposits in shallow marine environments (Boström et al., 1979; Holtstam and Mansfeld, 2001).

Ferri-taramite occurs as partly poikiloblastic, subhedral crystals up to 5 mm, forming a dense aggregate in a medium-grained skarn (Fig. 1). Associated minerals in the rock are celsian, phlogopite, aegirine-augite, andradite, hancockite, melanotekite, microcline (var. hyalophane), calcite, baryte, prehnite, macedonite and oxyplumboroméite (Fig. 2). Celsian has largely suffered from alteration phenomena, leading to heterogeneous aggregates of various Ba phases with poor crystallinity (Fig. 3). Some portions are similar to cymrite (BaAl2Si2(O,OH)8 H2O) in composition, but this mineral could not be confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. Similar Ba–Pb–Mn–Fe skarn samples from Jakobsberg have been described in the past (Holtstam and Langhof, 1994; Holtstam et al., 2021), but no amphibole was detected, and hence ferri-taramite might be considered relatively rare at the deposit.

Figure 1Type specimen, GEO-NRM #19221254, of ferri-taramite (brownish black aggregate on top) with mostly phlogopite (brown) and celsian–baryte (whitish). Field of view 60×100 mm. Torbjörn Lorin photo.

Figure 2BSE-SEM image of ferri-taramite (Ftrm), with phlogopite (Phl), hancockite (Hnc) and melanotekite (Mtk). The atoll-like hancockite grain contains calcite and baryte (red arrow). The white arrow points to prehnite. White specks in the amphibole crystal are inclusions of macedonite. Sample GEO-NRM #19221254.


3 Physical and optical properties

Ferri-taramite has a short prismatic habitus, along [001]. The colour of the crystals is dark brownish black (greenish yellow to brown in splinters), with a yellowish grey streak. The lustre is vitreous and semi-transparent, and no fluorescence is observed under UV light. The amphibole is brittle with an uneven to splintery fracture. Cleavage parallel to {110} is good. Hardness (Mohs) is  6. Vickers hardness numbers were obtained on a polished section of ferri-taramite using a micro-hardness tester loaded with a 200 g weight, giving a mean value of 919 (9.0 GPa) for a range of 733–1190 from eight indentations. The density was not measured because of frequent inclusions of heavier minerals (e.g. macedonite); a calculated value is 3.227(5) g cm−3 based on the unit-cell volume and atom contents. Ferri-taramite is slightly attracted by a neodymium magnet. It is insoluble in HCl and HNO3.

The optical character is biaxial (), with α=1.670(5), β= 1.680(5) and γ=1.685(5) in white light and 2Vmeas=70(10) and 2Vcalc=70.2. Pleochroism is strong in transmitted light, with X pale yellow, Y dark brown, Z yellowish brown and absorption Y>Z>X.

4 Chemical composition

The chemical composition (Table 1) was primarily determined using an FEI Quanta 650 field-emission scanning electron microscope, fitted with an 80 mm2 X-MaxN Oxford Instruments EDS detector (20 kV, beam size >1µm, working distance 10 mm). The beam current was calibrated on Co metal, with the instrument calibrated against metal and mineral standards for each element. The number of point analyses is 10. F and Cl were below detection. Contents of major, minor and other trace elements (Table 2) were also determined with laser-ablation ICP-MS analysis (an NWR 213 nm laser coupled to an Agilent 8800 MS/MS) at the University of Gothenburg, with 16 analysed spots. Element oxide quantification was performed by normalizing to 100 wt %, assuming 2 wt % H2O and the Fe2+/ Fe3+ ratio from Mössbauer data. We used a multi-standard approach, with measuring calibration factors for each major element from a wide spectrum of known standard materials: NIST SRM 610, ATHO-G, BCR-2G, BHVO-2G, GSC-1G, GSD-1G, Kakanui amphibole, NKT-G, T1-G and TB-1G (all data from the GeoReM database, except for Kakanui amphibole, which is from unpublished electron microprobe data). Consistency of calibration factors is generally better than 4 %, confirming an excellent accuracy when compared with EDS data (Table 1). NIST SRM610 was used as the only primary standard for trace element quantification. The elements P, Cl, Br, Cs, W, Tl, Ta, Bi, Th and U were found to be at or below the level of detection.

Table 1Chemical data (in wt %) for ferri-taramite obtained with EDS and laser-ablation (LA) ICP-MS analyses.

* The Fe2+/ Fe3+ ratio is derived from Mössbauer data. H2O is calculated on the basis of OH = 2 apfu.

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The empirical formula of ferri-taramite derived from EDS data and calculated on the basis of 24 (O, OH) is A(Na0.79K0.16Pb0.01)Σ=0.96B (Ca1.26Na0.72Mn0.022+)Σ=2C(Mg2.66Mn0.582+Fe0.162+Zn0.02Fe1.263+Al0.26Ti0.06)Σ=5.00T(Al1.86Si6.14)Σ=8O22W(OH)2. The ideal formula is Na(NaCa)(Mg3Fe23+)(Si6Al2)O22(OH)2, corresponding to the composition SiO2 41.01 wt %, Al2O3 11.60 wt %, Fe2O3 18.16 wt %, MgO 13.75 wt %, CaO 6.38 wt %, Na2O 7.05 wt % and H2O 2.05 wt %, totalling 100.00 wt %.

5 X-ray diffraction data and structure refinement

5.1 Powder data

Powder X-ray diffraction (pXRD) data were collected with a PANalytical X'Pert3 powder diffractometer equipped with an X'Celerator silicon-strip detector and operated at 40 mA and 45 kV (CuKα radiation, λ= 1.5406 Å). The monoclinic, space group C2/m unit-cell parameters refined from the powder data (29 reflections in the 2θ range 9–70), using least squares with minimization on Q=1/d2 (Holland and Redfern, 1997), are a= 9.9019(9) Å, b = 18.0316(16) Å, c= 5.3248(9) Å, β= 105.008(8)and V= 918.31(16) Å3 for Z= 2. The complete set of X-ray powder diffraction data is shown in Table 3.

5.2 Crystal structure refinement

A single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SC-XRD) study was done on a 146×213×342µm fragment (Fig. 4) using a Rigaku Oxford Diffraction XtaLAB Synergy diffractometer, equipped with a PhotonJet (Mo) X-ray source operating at 50 kV and 1 mA, with monochromatized MoKα radiation and equipped with a HyPix detector working at 62 mm from the crystal. A combination of ω scans at different values of ϕ, χ and θ positions, with a step scan of 0.5 and exposure time of 2 s per frame, was used to maximize redundancy and data coverage. High-resolution data were collected (up to 0.46 Å).

Figure 3Ferri-taramite with phlogopite, andradite (Adr) and macedonite (Mce). The irregular brighter areas correspond to altered Ba-feldspar. Sample GEO-NRM #19221254.


Figure 4Crystal fragment of ferri-taramite used for SC-XRD study. Sample GEO-NRM #19221254.


The crystal structure of ferri-taramite was refined starting from the atom coordinates of sample Q99-3 of Oberti et al. (2007a) (named “alumino-magnesiotaramite” in the paper). Scattering curves for fully ionized chemical species were used at sites where chemical substitutions occur; neutral vs. ionized scattering curves were used at the T(2) and anion sites. Scattering at T(1) sites was fixed at the 54:46 Si4+ : Al3+ ratio as deduced form application of the equation of Oberti et al. (2007b) and in agreement with chemistry. Scattering curves for neutral and fully ionized atoms were taken from International Tables for Crystallography (Wilson, 1992). Splitting of the electron density at site A was observed and added to the model as A(2) and A(m) sites. Full-matrix least-squares refinement on F2 yielded Robs= 2.26 % (2722 reflections with Io>2σ(I)) and Rall= 2.54 % (2983 reflections) using SHELXL (Sheldrick, 2015). See Table 4 for experimental details. Refined atom coordinates, site scattering and equivalent isotropic displacement parameters are reported in Table 5. Selected interatomic distances and bond angles are given in Table 6. Site populations for ferri-taramite have been derived from the unit formula and the results of the structure refinement (Table 7). There is an excellent agreement between the refined values of site scattering (ss, electrons per formula unit) and mean bond lengths (mbl's, Å) and those calculated based on the proposed site populations. A crystallographic information file (CIF) containing observed structure factors has been deposited in the Supplement.

Table 2Trace element composition of ferri-taramite (µg g−1).

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Table 3X-ray powder diffraction data (d in Å) for ferri-taramite.

Note: the seven strongest Bragg reflections are in bold.

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Table 4Crystal data and experimental conditions for SC-XRD study of ferri-taramite.

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Table 5Refined atom coordinates and equivalent isotropic displacement parameters.

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6 Spectroscopic data

6.1 Micro-Raman spectroscopy

A Raman spectrum of ferri-taramite (Fig. 5) was collected from a randomly oriented, polished crystal on a LabRAM HR 800 micro-spectrometer, using a 514 nm Ar-ion laser source at < 1 mW power, a Peltier-cooled (70 C) 1024×256 px CCD detector (Synapse), an Olympus MPlan N 100×/0.9 NA objective and a laser spot of ca. 3 µm. A 600 grooves cm−1 grating was used, and the resolution is about 1 cm−1. Spectral positions were corrected against the Raman band at 789 cm−1 of a SiC-6H crystal measured on {0001}. Instrument control and data acquisition (range 50–4000 cm−1, 10 s exposure time in 20 cycles) were made with the LabSpec 5 software.

The Raman band at ca. 3700 cm−1 is related to O–H-stretching vibration modes. Multiple bands in the region 800–1000 cm−1 are ascribed to Si–O and TAl–O symmetric and antisymmetric stretching. The peak at ca. 680 cm−1 is assigned to CAl–O stretching, whereas the one at 669 cm−1 corresponds the bending of Si–O–Si bridges (see Waeselmann et al., 2020). The strong peak at 536 cm−1 (with a shoulder at ca. 500 cm−1) is tentatively assigned to stretching vibrations of Fe3+–O octahedra and the one at 370 cm−1 to Mg–O vibrations.

Table 6Selected interatomic distances (Å) and angles () in ferri-taramite.

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6.2 Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy

Polarized single-crystal FTIR spectra were collected in the range 2000–10000 cm−1 at a spectral resolution of 2 cm−1 on a 50×100µm raster, with a Bruker Vertex 70 spectrometer attached to a Bruker Hyperion 2000 IR microscope. Measurements were done from a 58 µm thick doubly polished single-crystal fragment oriented parallel (010). The spectra (Fig. 6) show a distinct absorption band at 3713 cm−1 pronounced in the X direction and caused by O–H-stretching vibrations of the OH dipole at the O(3) position, typical of local ANa–MgMgMg–SiAl atomic nearest-neighbour and next-nearest-neighbour arrangements of cations around the O(3) atom (Hawthorne and Della Ventura, 2007). The interatomic distance from the H atom to the O(7) receptor of 2.67 Å is in good agreement with the main band at 3700 cm−1, based on the known empirical correlations (Libowitsky, 1999). The shoulder band at ca. 3670 cm−1 is possibly related to the partial vacancies at the A site. Local ANa–MnMgMg–SiAl arrangements as a substitution of Mg by Mn2+ at M(1,3) is expected to cause a band shift of at least 15 cm−1 (see Reece et al., 2002; Hawthorne and Della Ventura, 2007), which may contribute to the observed spectrum.

Figure 5Raman spectrum of ferri-taramite, obtained with a 514 nm laser.


Figure 6Polarized single-crystal FTIR spectra of ferri-taramite. Sample thickness is 58 µm.


6.3 Optical absorption spectroscopy

Polarized optical absorption spectra (Fig. 7) were measured on an XZ crystal section of ferri-taramite (same as used for FTIR). The spectra were recorded in the visible range (350–800 nm) with an AvaSpec-ULS2048x16 spectrometer attached to a Zeiss Axiotron UV microscope. A xenon lamp (75 W) was the light source, and Zeiss Ultrafluar 10× lenses were used as the objective and condenser. The size of the aperture was 30 µm in diameter on the sample. A Glan–Thompson calcite prism served as the polarizer. The spectra show a significant absorption edge towards the UV, most pronounced in the Z direction. A set of absorption bands caused by spin-forbidden electronic d–d transitions are superimposed on the background. Narrow bands located at ca. 24 500 and 23 000 cm−1 mark field-independent transitions in Mn2+ and Fe3+, respectively. Broader bands at higher wavelengths, ca. 14 000 cm−1, could be related to Fe2+ Fe3+ or Fe2+ Ti4+ charge transfer between neighbouring amphibole octahedra (Burns, 1993).

6.4 Mössbauer spectroscopy

An 57Fe transmission Mössbauer spectrum (Fig. 8) was obtained from a 20 mg powder absorber using 57Co γ radiation and a constant-acceleration spectrometer (WissEl). Two-mirror image spectra (± 4.28 mm s−1) were collected at 54.7 “magic angle” geometry to avoid texture effects, during 70 h over 1024 channels, and calibrated against a 25 µm thick α-iron foil. The baseline of the resulting folded spectrum halted at 6.94×106 counts. The MossA software (Prescher et al., 2012) was employed for spectrum analysis, under the assumption of Lorentzian line shapes and a “thin” absorber. A pair of doublets is dominant, with a centroid shift (CS) of 0.388(5) mm s−1 and quadrupole splitting (QS) of 0.53(2) and 0.79(2) mm s−1, indicative of Fe3+ at an octahedrally coordinated cation site (M(2)) with varying nearest-neighbour cation arrangements. A small contribution, ca. 12 % of total absorption as determined from area ratios (with identical recoil-free fractions assumed for all Fe sites), emanating from another doublet at CS = 1.11(1) and QS = 2.60(2) mm s−1 is attributed to Fe2+ in octahedral coordination (M(1) and M(3) sites). Line widths (FWHM) were in the range 0.28(2)–0.35(2) mm s−1, with a χ2 value of 0.9 for the fitting result.

Figure 7Polarized single-crystal optical spectra of ferri-taramite.


Figure 8Transmission 57Fe Mössbauer spectrum of ferri-taramite. Subspectra no. 1 (59 %) and no. 2 (29 %) correspond to M2Fe3+, and no. 3 corresponds to M1,M3Fe2+ (12 %).


Table 7Site occupancies for ferri-taramite with site scattering (ss) and mean bond lengths (mbl's).

* Using the equation of Oberti et al. (2007b).

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7 Discussion

7.1 Crystal structure and chemistry

Site populations (Hawthorne et al., 1995) were calculated based on present knowledge of amphibole crystal chemistry. The results are reported in Table 7. Here we describe the different cation and anion groups.

sites. The observed T(1)–O distance is in perfect agreement with the calculated values using the equations of Oberti et al. (2007b; see Tables 6 and 7) and the chemical analyses. Therefore, the 54:46 Si4+ : Al3+ratio was fixed at the last stages of refinement. The limited presence of Al in the T(2) sites assumed in Table 7 (2 % per site) is observed in high-temperature high-TAl amphiboles, in agreement with peak conditions for its crystallization (see paragenesis section).

C-group cation sites. On the basis of the observed mean bond lengths, for CMn2+ the following (strong) site preference is inferred: M(1)=M(3)M(2). This is similar to what is expected for CFe2+ according to present knowledge of amphibole crystal chemistry (see the review in Oberti et al., 2007b), and it is related to the structural relaxation of M(1) and M(3) sites as a consequence of the size reduction of the adjacent M(2) sites. As in other taramitic amphibole samples (Oberti et al., 2007a), the observed mean octahedral distances are larger than the calculated values, although in this case the differences are within 0.002 Å, probably related to the fact that the presence of Fe3+ in M(2) does not allow for a strong relaxation of this site. In fact, the observed mean octahedral bond length for M(2) site is larger than the calculated value (Table 7). At any rate, the very good agreement between observed and calculated site scattering (a remarkable one) is obtained considering some disordering of Mn2+ and Fe2+ among the C sites, probably due to the relatively high T of crystallization in the amphibolite facies (see the following).

B-group cation sites. The M(4) site shows the typical y/b coordinate of a Ca and/or Na populated site. No evident residual electron density has been found around the M(4) sites in agreement with the absence of Mg and negligible Mn2+ at the B-group sites, based on the chemical analyses.

A-group cation sites. The A cations are preferentially ordered, with K at the A(m) site (0.066 apfu of K) and Na (0.873 apfu of Na and minor 0.06 apfu of K) at the A(2) subsite (0.57 and 10.87 epfu, respectively). Both K and Na contents agree reasonably well with the chemical analysis (Na0.79K0.16Pb0.01). The main preference for A(2) (see Figs. 9 and 1 of Oberti et al., 2007a, for comparison) is also observed in ferro-taramite and taramite related to the preferred local arrangement M(4)Ca–O(3)OH–A(2)Na, although higher occupancy of A(m) sites would be expected due to the local arrangement M(4)Na–O(3)OH–A(m)Na. This might be due to the absence of O(3)F, responsible for ordering at the A(m) sites observed in fluoro-taramite (Oberti et al., 2007a). When the A site is dominantly populated by K, like in potassic-ferro-taramite, strong ordering of K at the A(m) site is also observed even in the absence of F at O(3) (Oberti et al., 2008).

Figure 9A section of the Fo map calculated parallel to (201) and centred at 0, 1/2, 0 for ferri-taramite, showing the distribution of the electron density within the A cavity. The b axis is horizontal, and contours are drawn with steps of 1 eÅ−1 starting from 1.


anion sites. Despite a relatively high Ti content of 0.06 apfu, there is no indication of deprotonation and existence of an oxy-component (WO2−) in ferri-taramite, which is consistent with the metamorphic origin of ferri-taramite (see Oberti et al., 2015b).

7.2 Trace elements

Ferri-taramite from Jakobsberg is low in most trace elements. Increased levels, compared to the continental-crust average, are however seen for Be, As, Sb and Pb, which can be considered a Långban-type signature reflecting the general enrichment of these elements in the skarn (Holtstam and Mansfeld, 2001). There is also a significant concentration of the transition elements Sc, Cr, Co, Ni and Zn. Global comparisons are hampered by the fact that comprehensive trace element data for amphiboles of an unmistakable non-igneous origin are very rare. Cr and Co concentrations are slightly enriched compared to an amphibolite-grade hornblende from the Njurundukan mafic complex, Baikal, Russia (samples 487, 499, 23 and 54/3 in Skublov and Drugova, 2003). Concentrations for other elements available for comparison, such as Y, La, Ce, Lu, Hf and Ta, are significantly lower in ferri-taramite. This effect can possibly be explained (in the case of REE) by the coeval crystallization of ferri-taramite with hancockite that has an epidote-type structure. Amphibole in a magmatic-influenced skarn can show considerably higher Sr, Rb, Sn and Ta contents but is generally lower in the period-4 transition elements (e.g. Žáček, 2007) than seen for ferri-taramite. The partitioning behaviour of trace elements among major skarn-forming minerals (where there is no melt phase present) is, however, essentially unexplored.

7.3 Paragenesis

Amphibole in Mn skarn assemblages is common in Långban-type deposits and mostly occurs as sodic–calcic, aluminium-poor members, ΣT 8Si, of the richterite–potassic–richterite series (Sundius, 1945; Holtstam et al., 2019a). Although hastingsitic and pargasitic members (ΣT 6Si + 2Al) are reported as well (e.g. Christy and Gatedal, 2005; Hålenius and Bosi, 2012), they are less frequently encountered. Specimens are Mn-bearing to various extents, with Mn2+ acting as both B- and C-group cations. In the case of rare hjalmarite, BMn >BCa (Holtstam et al., 2019b).

The rock with ferri-taramite formed during regional metamorphism as is the case for the above-mentioned amphiboles in general. In a possible scenario, precipitates of Fe–Mn (hydroxy-)oxides, Ca–Mg–Ba–Pb carbonates and siliceous material of hydrothermal origin were mixed with aluminous detritus and reacted to eventually form a skarn assemblage of amphibole, mica, feldspar, clinopyroxene and Pb silicates. The alkali metals have probably originally been derived from metasomatic alteration of the felsic volcanic units (see Magnusson, 1930). Conditions for ferri-taramite formation, close to peak-metamorphism (at circa 650 C and 0.4 GPa), demonstrably included silica undersaturation, a slightly peralkaline character and relatively high oxygen fugacities of the system. Obviously, hydrous alteration has affected the Jakobsberg skarn at some point, but the amphibole shows little sign of breakdown (limited prehnite formation).

Katophorite, also a rare species (Oberti et al., 2015a), can be considered an intermediate amphibole composition between richterite and taramite, related by the exchange CMg5+TSi8C(Mg4Al) +T(AlSi7)C(Mg3Al2) +T(Al2Si6) (or with CFe3+ instead of CAl, for the “ferri-” members). It is however not known from the Långban-type deposits. Although the proper bulk compositions could likely be achieved in the rocks present, katophoritic amphiboles seem to belong to a high-pressure domain (Harlow and Sorensen, 2005; Pirard and Hermann, 2015; Oberti et al., 2015a). Ferri-taramite must be a rare composition since we have found very few verified analyses elsewhere in the literature (see Schumacher, 2007). In addition, the present specimen is the first example of a taramitic amphibole from a skarn, not associated with rock types of magmatic origin. The closest composition to ferri-taramite has been reported from eclogites in the Aktyuz area, northern Kyrgyz Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan (Takasu and Orozbaev, 2009), but without a direct Fe2+/ Fe3+ determination and with very similar Fe3+ and AlVI content, it is difficult to discern if these samples are ferri-taramite or taramite. In the Ilmenogorsky complex in the South Urals, analysis no. 49 of Nikandrov et al. (2000) can be also classified as ferri-taramite, although it is richer in Fe3+ than our sample from the type locality. Similar compositions are reported by Makagonov et al. (2018) from the same locality, but Ca at the B site of the amphibole is 1.49 apfu, and the amphibole is therefore very close to magnesio-hastingsite in composition.

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Author contributions

DH and AK measured optical and physical properties. DH and HS obtained and interpreted spectroscopic data. AK and TZ performed the chemical analyses. FC collected single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and executed the structural refinement. DH and FC wrote the manuscript, in consultation with all authors.

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Torbjörn Lorin is thanked for the colour photograph of ferri-taramite in Fig. 1.

Financial support

This research has been supported by the grant Ricerca Locale 2020; Università di Milano; and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) through the project “Dipartimenti di Eccellenza 2018–2022”. Publication costs were covered by the Finneman fund.

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This paper was edited by Rossella Arletti and reviewed by two anonymous referees.


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Short summary
A new mineral has been discovered, an amphibole, with the name ferri-taramite, which has now been approved by the International Mineralogical Association. The paper discusses the significance of the discovery in relation to other amphiboles found worldwide. This taramite is unique in that it is from a skarn associated with ore and is not of magmatic origin. For the description we have used many methods, including X-ray diffraction, chemical analyses and several types of spectroscopy.