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  1. Hydrothermal alteration of monazite-(Ce) from the Santa Maria de Itabira pegmatite district (Minas Gerais, Brazil); Alteration hydrothermale des monazites-(Ce) des pegmatites du district de Santa Maria de Itabira (Minas Gerais, Bresil)

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    Bilal, E.; Arias Nalini, H.; Nasraoui, M. [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, 42 - Saint-Etienne (France). Dept. de Geochimie, Centre SPIN; Marciano, V.; Neves, J.M.C.; Fernandes, M.L. [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Inst. Geociencias; Fuzikawa, K. [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Centro de Desenvolvimento de Tecnologia Nuclear

    1998-05-01

    Monazite-(Ce) is found in granitic pegmatites in the Santa Maria de Itabira pegmatite district (Minas Gerais, Brazil). During the magmatic stage, monazite-(Ce) seems to have had higher contents of cheralite and buttonite in the solid solution. The Th content in primary monazite-(Ce) is high and characteristic for each pegmatite body. During the late stage (albitisation), the mean LREE content in the altered zone is slightly higher and Th content is very low. The accessory mineral assemblages changed; buttonite and cheralite crystallize together with Th-poor and La-rich monazite-(Ce) at the border of altered crystals. Nd/Sm and U/Pb ratios also changed during the hydrothermal stage. (authors) 13 refs.

  2. Hydrothermal alteration of monazite-(Ce) from the Santa Maria de Itabira pegmatite district (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

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    Monazite-(Ce) is found in granitic pegmatites in the Santa Maria de Itabira pegmatite district (Minas Gerais, Brazil). During the magmatic stage, monazite-(Ce) seems to have had higher contents of cheralite and buttonite in the solid solution. The Th content in primary monazite-(Ce) is high and characteristic for each pegmatite body. During the late stage (albitisation), the mean LREE content in the altered zone is slightly higher and Th content is very low. The accessory mineral assemblages changed; buttonite and cheralite crystallize together with Th-poor and La-rich monazite-(Ce) at the border of altered crystals. Nd/Sm and U/Pb ratios also changed during the hydrothermal stage. (authors)

  3. Thermodynamic investigation of La1-x (CaTh)x(PO4)1+x(s) (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1) solid solutions

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    Phosphate-based ceramics such as monazites are considered as potential host matrix for immobilization of long-lived trivalent and tetravalent actinides. Monazites are chemically stable with respect to leaching processes and have high radiation stability. These compounds have the unique ability to incorporate a large number of fission products including heavy metals like U4+ and Th4+ in the lattice sites without undergoing structural changes. Monazites have the general formula M2+M4+ (PO4)2 called cheralite. The extent of Ca2+ and Th4+ substitution in monazite and their effect on the thermodynamic stability of the matrix is therefore important for the long term storage of thorium and minor actinides in the matrix. In this work preparation, characterization and stability of Ca2+ and Th4+ substituted monazite is reported

  4. Crystal chemistry of M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} double monophosphates

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    Bregiroux, Damien, E-mail: damien.bregiroux@upmc.fr [Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Collège de France, Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, 11 place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005 Paris (France); Popa, Karin [“Al.I. Cuza” University, Department of Chemistry, 11-Carol I Blvd., 700506 Iasi (Romania); Wallez, Gilles [Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris (IRCP), CNRS – Chimie ParisTech – Paris Sciences et Lettres PSL UMR8247, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06 (France)

    2015-10-15

    M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds have been extensively studied for several decades for their potential applications in the field of several domains such as matrices for actinides conditioning, phosphors etc. In this paper, the relationships between composition and crystal structure of these compounds are established. A review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds is also proposed, as well as their most reported properties. M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} structures stem from two different archetypes: the cheralite and the yavapaiite structures, with some exceptions that are also described in this article. The ratio of the cations radii appears to be the most relevant parameter. The high ratio between the ionic radii of the divalent and tetravalent cations in yavapaiite derivates results in the ordering of these cations into well-differentiated polyhedra whereas cheralite is the only non-ordered structure encountered for M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds. - Graphical abstract: In this paper, the relationships between composition and crystal structure of M{sup II}M′{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds are established. A review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds is also proposed, as well as their most reported properties. - Highlights: • Crystal structure–composition relationships of MIIM′IV(PO4)2 compounds. • Review of the various processes used for the synthesis of these compounds. • Their most reported properties are described and discussed.

  5. Monazite-(Ce in Hercynian granites and pegmatites of the Bratislava massif, Western Carpathians: compositional variations and Th-U-Pb electron-microprobe dating

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    Pavel Uher

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Monazite-(Ce represents a characteristic magmatic accessory mineral of the Hercynian peraluminous S-type granites to granodiorites and related granitic pegmatites of the Bratislava Granitic Massif (BGM, Malé Karpaty Mountains, Central Western Carpathians, SW Slovakia. Monazite forms euhedral to subhedral crystals, up to 200 μm in size, usually it is unzoned in BSE, rarely it reveals oscillatory or sector zoning. Thorium concentrations of 2 to 9 wt. % ThO2 (≤0.09 apfu and local elevated uranium contents (≤4.3 wt. % UO2, ≤0.04 apfu are characteristic for the pegmatite monazites. Both huttonite ThSiREE-1P-1 and cheralite Ca(Th,UREE-2 substitutions took place in the studied monazite. Electron-microprobe Th-U-Pb monazite dating of the granites and pegmatites gave an isochron age of 353±2 Ma (MSWD = 0.88, n = 290, which confirmed the meso-Hercynian, Carboniferous, Lower Mississipian magmatic crystallization. An analogous age (359±11 Ma was obtained from monazite from adjacent paragneiss, corresponding to the age of the Hercynian contact thermal metamorphism related to the granite intrusion of BGM. Monazite in some granite shows also older clastic or authigenic grains or zones (~505 to 400 Ma, with maximum of 420±7 Ma which probably represents inherited material from the Lower Paleozoic metapelitic to metapsammitic protolith of BGM.

  6. Surface features and alteration products of natural zirconolite leached in silica-saturated solutions

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    Zirconolite, CaZrTi2P7, has been proposed as an immobilization phase for the disposition of excess weapons Pu and other actinides (e.g., 235U). Due to actinide incorporation, zirconolite is expected to sustain α-decay event damage and become aperiodic (=metamict) over time. The leaching behavior of metamict zirconolite is, therefore, of interest. Because groundwater in a variety of geologic settings contains up to saturation concentrations of silicic acid, H4SiO4, silica-saturated solutions were used. Natural, metamict (>1026 α-decay events per m3) zirconolite grains, nominally (Ca,Th)ZrTi2O7 (US National Museum sample No. B20392, Walawada, Sri Lanka) were leached in two separate silica-saturated solutions at 150 C for 60 days. Surface features and alteration products were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and quantitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Secondary electron (SEI) images of the surfaces of the leached grains from both experiments revealed pores, probably due to the accumulation of He-bubbles from α-decay events, of approximately 4% as estimated by contrast enhanced gray-scale analysis of digital images. SEI of the zirconolite surface before leaching showed a smooth surface. The pores not only increase the surface area of the metamict zirconolite, but also act as nucleation sites for alteration phase growth. One experiment was conducted in a silica-saturated solution containing approximately 100 ppm P as measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). The main alteration phase was euhedral, monoclinic cheralite, (Th,Ca,Ce)(P,Si)O4 (monazite group). The second experiment was conducted in the absence of P. The main alteration phase was subhedral cubic thorianite, ThO2

  7. Multi-stage evolution of xenotime-(Y) from Písek pegmatites, Czech Republic: an electron probe micro-analysis and Raman spectroscopy study

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    Švecová, E.; Čopjaková, R.; Losos, Z.; Škoda, R.; Nasdala, L.; Cícha, J.

    2016-04-01

    The chemical variability, degree of radiation damage, and alteration of xenotime from the Písek granitic pegmatites (Czech Republic) were investigated by micro-chemical analysis and Raman spectroscopy. Dominant large xenotime-(Y) grains enriched in U, Th and Zr crystallized from a melt almost simultaneously with zircon, monazite and tourmaline. Xenotime is well to poorly crystalline depending on its U and Th contents. It shows complex secondary textures cutting magmatic growth zones as a result of its interaction with F,Ca,alkali-rich fluids during the hydrothermal stage of the pegmatite evolution. The magmatic xenotime underwent intense secondary alteration, from rims inwards, resulting in the formation of inclusion-rich well crystalline xenotime domains of near end-member composition. Two types of recrystallization were distinguished in relation to the type of inclusions: i) xenotime with coffinite-thorite, cheralite and monazite inclusions and ii) xenotime with zirconcheralite and zircon inclusions. Additionally, inner poorly crystalline U,Th-rich xenotime domains were locally altered, hydrated, depleted in P, Y, HREE, U, Si and radiogenic Pb, and enriched in fluid-borne cations (mainly Ca, F, Th, Zr, Fe). Interaction of radiation-damaged xenotime with hydrothermal fluids resulted in the disturbance of the U-Th-Pb system. Alteration of radiation-damaged xenotime was followed by intensive recrystallization indicating the presence of fluids >200 °C. Subsequently other types of xenotime formed as a consequence of fluid-driven alteration of magmatic monazite, and Y,REE,Ti,Nb-oxides or crystallized from hydrothermal fluids along cracks in magmatic monazite and xenotime.

  8. The Nolans Bore rare-earth element-phosphorus-uranium mineral system: geology, origin and post-depositional modifications

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    Huston, David L.; Maas, Roland; Cross, Andrew; Hussey, Kelvin J.; Mernagh, Terrence P.; Fraser, Geoff; Champion, David C.

    2016-08-01

    Orogeny. Surface exposure and weathering of fluorapatite produced acidic fluids and intense, near-surface kaolinitised zones that include high-grade, supergene-enriched cheralite-rich ores.

  9. Heavy mineral concentrations in the sandstones of Amij Formation with particular emphasis on the mineral chemistry and petrographic characteristics of monazite, western desert of Iraq

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    Kettanah, Yawooz A.; Ismail, Sabah A.

    2016-11-01

    The heavy minerals in the clastic unit of the Lower Jurassic Amij Formation exposed in the western desert of Iraq were studied. The uppermost part of the clastic unit contains thin, placer-like black sandstone horizons that are radioactive and abnormally rich in heavy minerals (0.6-56%), dominated by opaque (65%) and transparent (35%) heavy minerals. The minerals, in the order of decreasing abundance are pseudorutile, goethite, zircon, hematite, magnetite, monazite, rutile, leucoxene, tourmaline, ilmenite, chromite, and few others. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), microscopic and autoradiographic observations and analysis showed that the monazite is monazite-(Ce) type with an average composition of (Ce0.39Nd0.16La0.19Pr0.04Sm0.02Gd0.02Eu0.01Y0·04Th0·06U0·01Ca0·05Fe0.01)(P0·98Si0.03)O4. Monazite consists predominantly of REE-oxides (57.93%) and P2O5 (29.31%), with minor amounts of ThO2 (6.60%), Y2O3 (1.92%), UO2 (0.76%), CaO (1.14%), SiO2 (0.69%), and FeOt (0.17%). The dominant compositional substitution operating between REE and P were a mixture of the complex cheralite type substitution ([REE]-2 [Th][Ca]) and the coupled huttonite type substitution ([REE]-1 [P]-1 [Th][Si]). The chondrite-normalized REE distribution patterns of monazite show enrichment in LREE with positive Eu- and Pr-anomalies of 1.46 and 9.13, respectively. The median values of (La/Sm)CN and (La/Nd)CN ratios are 4.35 and 1.97, respectively. Zircon which is the dominant transparent mineral is Hf-rich that is composed of 30.61% SiO2, 57.58% ZrO2, 7.03% HfO2, 2.04% Y2O3, 0.56% ThO2, 0.19% UO2, and 0.19% Al2O3 corresponding to a formula (Zr0.909Hf0.065Th0·004U0·001Y0.031)Σ1.011(Si3·966Al0.028)Σ0.999O4. Rutile and tourmaline form 7% and 4% of the heavy minerals. Ilmenite which is one of the predominant heavy minerals forms 2.5% of the opaques because it is pervasively altered to Ti-Fe oxides. In addition of zircon and monazite, the chemical compositions of most of the other heavy

  10. Experimental constraints on the relative stabilities of the two systems monazite-(Ce) - allanite-(Ce) - fluorapatite and xenotime-(Y) - (Y,HREE)-rich epidote - (Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite, in high Ca and Na-Ca environments under P-T conditions of 200-1000 MPa and 450-750 °C

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    Budzyń, Bartosz; Harlov, Daniel E.; Kozub-Budzyń, Gabriela A.; Majka, Jarosław

    2016-09-01

    The relative stabilities of phases within the two systems monazite-(Ce) - fluorapatite - allanite-(Ce) and xenotime-(Y) - (Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite - (Y,HREE)-rich epidote have been tested experimentally as a function of pressure and temperature in systems roughly replicating granitic to pelitic composition with high and moderate bulk CaO/Na2O ratios over a wide range of P-T conditions from 200 to 1000 MPa and 450 to 750 °C via four sets of experiments. These included (1) monazite-(Ce), labradorite, sanidine, biotite, muscovite, SiO2, CaF2, and 2 M Ca(OH)2; (2) monazite-(Ce), albite, sanidine, biotite, muscovite, SiO2, CaF2, Na2Si2O5, and H2O; (3) xenotime-(Y), labradorite, sanidine, biotite, muscovite, garnet, SiO2, CaF2, and 2 M Ca(OH)2; and (4) xenotime-(Y), albite, sanidine, biotite, muscovite, garnet, SiO2, CaF2, Na2Si2O5, and H2O. Monazite-(Ce) breakdown was documented in experimental sets (1) and (2). In experimental set (1), the Ca high activity (estimated bulk CaO/Na2O ratio of 13.3) promoted the formation of REE-rich epidote, allanite-(Ce), REE-rich fluorapatite, and fluorcalciobritholite at the expense of monazite-(Ce). In contrast, a bulk CaO/Na2O ratio of ~1.0 in runs in set (2) prevented the formation of REE-rich epidote and allanite-(Ce). The reacted monazite-(Ce) was partially replaced by REE-rich fluorapatite-fluorcalciobritholite in all runs, REE-rich steacyite in experiments at 450 °C, 200-1000 MPa, and 550 °C, 200-600 MPa, and minor cheralite in runs at 650-750 °C, 200-1000 MPa. The experimental results support previous natural observations and thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria, which demonstrate that an increased CaO bulk content expands the stability field of allanite-(Ce) relative to monazite-(Ce) at higher temperatures indicating that the relative stabilities of monazite-(Ce) and allanite-(Ce) depend on the bulk CaO/Na2O ratio. The experiments also provide new insights into the re-equilibration of monazite-(Ce) via fluid