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Pomite and pseudopomite, two new carbonate-encapsulating mixed-valence polyoxovanadate minerals

Kampf, Anthony R. and Hughes, John M. and Ma, Chi and Marty, Joe and Rose, Timothy P. (2022) Pomite and pseudopomite, two new carbonate-encapsulating mixed-valence polyoxovanadate minerals. American Mineralogist, 107 (11). pp. 2143-2149. ISSN 0003-004X. doi:10.2138/am-2022-8335.

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Pomite (IMA2021-063), ideally Ca₃[V⁴⁺₅V⁵⁺₁₀O₃₇(CO₃)]·37H₂O, and pseudopomite (IMA2021-064), ideally Ca₃.₅[V⁴⁺₆V⁵⁺₉O₃₇(CO₃)]·32H₂O, are two new polyoxometalate minerals from the Blue Streak mine, Bull Canyon, Montrose County, Colorado, U.S.A. Pomite properties: striated blades up to ~1 mm long; very dark green-blue color; green-blue streak; vitreous luster; brittle; Mohs hardness ≈2; irregular, splintery fracture; good cleavages on {010} and {001}; 2.19(2) g/cm⁻³ density; refractive indices in the vicinity of 1.70; weakly birefringent with little or no pleochroism. Pseudopomite properties: striated prisms and blades up to ~1 mm; very dark blue-green color; blue-green streak; vitreous luster; brittle; Mohs hardness ≈2; curved, irregular fracture; probably two fair cleavages, {100} and {001}; 2.40(2) g/cm⁻³ density; refractive indices in the vicinity of 1.72; no discernable birefringence or pleochroism. Electron microprobe analyses provided the empirical formulas Ca₃.₁₁[V⁴⁺₅.₂₃V⁵⁺₉.₇₇O₃₇(CO₃)]·37H₂O and Ca₃.₄₉[V⁴⁺₅.₉₈V⁵⁺₉.₀₂O₃₇(CO₃)]·29H₂O for pomite and pseudopomite, respectively. Pomite is triclinic, P1̅, with a = 12.3668(10), b = 12.9692(12), c = 22.068(2) Å, α = 99.038(7), β = 95.689(7), γ = 103.249(7)°, V = 3368.7(5) ų, and Z = 2. Pseudopomite is triclinic, P1̅, with a = 12.2910(18), b = 12.6205(15), c = 20.917(3) Å, α = 77.381(6), β = 85.965(5), γ = 64.367(7)°, V = 2853.6(7) ų, and Z = 2. The crystal structures of both minerals (pomite, R₁ = 0.103; pseudopomite, R₁ = 0.116) contain a novel [V⁴⁺ₓV⁵⁺₁₅₋ₓO₃₇(CO₃)]⁽¹⁺ˣ⁾⁻ heteropolyanion, which is unique in natural and synthetic materials but has similarities to the [V⁴⁺₈V⁵⁺₇O₃₆(CO₃)]⁷⁻ and [H₈V⁴⁺₁₅O₃₆(CO₃)]⁶⁻ heteropolyanions reported in synthetic phases.

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Additional Information:Reviewer Michael Schindler, two anonymous reviewers, and Associate Editor Diego Gatta are sincerely thanked for constructive comments, which improved the manuscript. This study was funded, in part, by the John Jago Trelawney Endowment to the Mineral Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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