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Does antigorite really contain 4- and 8-membered rings of tetrahedra?

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  • Qd06 Mineralogy / ásványtan
  • Qe Geology / Földtudományok


Recent studies of the structure of antigorite by Capitani and Mellini (2004, 2005) and by us (Dodony et al. 2002; Dodony and Buseck 2004a) produced contradictory results. The main point of contention is whether 4- and 8-membered rings of tetrahedra occur at the positions where the tetrahedra in the tetrahedral sheets reverse their orientation. We analyzed electron diffraction patterns and transmission electron microscopy images in the paper of Capitani and Mellini (2005) and found no evidence for 4- and 8-membered rings of tetrahedra. On the contrary, we show that their TEM data confirm our antigorite model (Dodony et al. 2002) for the m = 16 structure. The significance of this debate goes beyond the subtleties of the structure of antigorite and highlights ambiguities in interpretation of HRTEM images as well as problems that can arise during image processing.

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