Melilite Structure

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Melilite (Ca,Na)2(Al,Mg,Fe++)(Si,Al)2O7  is a true sorosilicate with a very simple structure. It has tetragonal symmetry. The view below looks down the c-axis. Silica tetrahedra are purple, aluminum tetrahedra are ywllow and calcium ions are green. As shown by the formula, considerable cation substitution is possible.

A view normal to the c-axis, below. Layers of tetrahedra alternate with layers of larger cations.

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Created 22 April 2013, Last Update