Crystal Structure of Paralaurionite and Its OD Relationships with Laurionite

S. Merlino, M. Pasero and N. Perchiazzi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa, Via S. Maria 53, I-56126 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: The crystal structure of the rare lead hydroxychloride paralaurionite [PbCl(OH), monoclinic, space group C2/m, a = 10.865(4), b = 4.006(2), c = 7.233(3) Å, β = 117.24(4)°] has been refined to R = 0.062, Rw = 0.048. Its Order-Disorder (OD) character and its OD relationships with the orthorhombic polytpe of PbCl(OH), laurionite, are discussed. Laurionite and paralaurionite represent the two MDO structures within a family of OD structures built up by two different kinds of layers. The structures of paralaurionite and laurionite are compared thoroughly. The first coordination of the various atoms in the two polytypes is the same, however, remarkable differences exist in the connection between adjacent Pb-centred polyhedra.

Keywords: OD structures • paralaurionite • lead hydroxychlorides • laurionite • Baratti • Italy

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1993 v. 57; no. 387; p. 323-328; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1993.057.387.15
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