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Identification of montgomeryite mineral [Ca4MgAl4(PO4)6.(OH)4•12H2O] found in the Jenolan Caves - Australia

Frost, Ray L., Xi, Yunfei, Palmer, Sara J., & Pogson, Ross (2012) Identification of montgomeryite mineral [Ca4MgAl4(PO4)6.(OH)4•12H2O] found in the Jenolan Caves - Australia. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 94, pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on many phosphate containing natural minerals found in the Jenolan Caves - Australia. Such minerals are formed by the reaction of bat guano and clays from the caves. Among these cave minerals is the montgomeryite mineral [Ca4MgAl4(PO4)6.(OH)4.12H2O]. The presence of montgomeryite in deposits of the Jenolan Caves - Australia has been identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Raman spectroscopy complimented with infrared spectroscopy has been used to characterize the crystal structure of montgomeryite. The Raman spectrum of a standard montgomeryite mineral is identical to that of the Jenolan Caves sample. Bands are assigned to H2PO4-, OH and NH stretching vibrations. By using a combination of XRD and Raman spectroscopy, the existence of montgomeryite in the Jenolan Caves - Australia has been proven. A mechanism for the formation of montgomeryite is proposed.

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ID Code: 49650
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Montgomeryite, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, cave minerals, phosphates, Jenolan Cave.
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.03.017
ISSN: 1386-1425
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Spectrochimica Acta Part A. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Spectrochimica Acta Part A, [VOL 94, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.03.017
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2012 22:37
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 06:18

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