The Determination of the Orthoclase Content of Homogenized Alkali Feldspars Using the 01 X-ray Method

J. B. Jones, R. W. Nesbitt and P. G. Slade1
Department of Geology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001
1Present address: C.S.I.R.O. Division of Soils, Adelaide.

Summary: Forty-three natural alkali feldspars have been homogenized and used to correlate d-201 with wt % K2O. The regression of Or on d-201 is Or (wt %) = 465·5 d-201 (Å)-1877·5, and is comparable to that obtained on an exchanged orthoclase (Wright, 1968). A deviation from the Orville (1963, 1967) determinative line for synthetic sanidine-albite is greatest at the high potassium end of the series. The discrepancy is not caused by failure to homogenize or incomplete disorder. The presence of cations other than potassium and sodium, or cation deficiency, or both cannot be discounted as a cause.

Mineralogical Magazine; December 1969 v. 37; no. 288; p. 489-496; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1969.037.288.09
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