Wolfeite and Barbosalite from Thackaringa, Australia

I. R. Plimer and I. D. Blucher
University of New South Wales, P.O. Box 334, Broken Hill, NSW 2880, Australia

Summary: Wolfeite (Fe,Mn)2PO4(OH) and barbosalite FeIIFeIII 2(PO4)2(OH)2 are the principal phases in phosphate pods from the core of a zoned altered granitic pegmatite at Thackaringa. Chemical analyses of the wolfeite show it to be Fe-rich and extends the triploiditewolfeite isomorphous series (Frondel, 1949) from ΣFe/Mn = 3·39 (this study) to greater than 100 (Clark and Couper, 1979).

Mineralogical Magazine; December 1979 v. 43; no. 328; p. 505-507; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1979.043.328.10
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