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Tetragonal Almandine-Pyrope Phase, TAPP: finally a name for it, the new mineral jeffbenite

Nestola, Fabrizio; Burnham, Antony D.; Peruzzo, Luca; Tauro, Leonardo; Alvaro, Matteo; Walter, Michael J.; Gunter, Mickey; Anzolini, Chiara; Kohn, Simon C.


Jeffbenite, ideally Mg3Al2Si3O8, previously known as tetragonal-almandine-pyrope-phase ('TAPP'), has been characterized as a new mineral from an inclusion in an alluvial diamond from São Luiz river, Juina district of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Its density is 3.576 g/cm³ and its microhardness is ∼7. Jeffbenite is uniaxial (–) with refractive indexes ω = 1.733(5) and ε = 1.721(5). The crystals are in general transparent emerald green.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Mineralogical Magazine
DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2016.080.059
Access Rights: Open Access


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