Kilchoanite

kilchoanite

spurrite

tilleyite

cuspidine

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Formula: Ca6(SiO4)(Si3O10)
Sorosilicate (Si2O7 groups), paramorph of rankinite
Specific gravity: 2.99
Streak: White
Colour: Colourless
Common impurities: Fe,Al
Environments

Metamorphic environments

Localities

At Golden Gully, New Zealand, kilchoanite has been found associated with rankinite, larnite and spurrite (HOM).

At the type locality, Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan, Highland, Scotland, UK, kilchoanite was formed by retrograde high temperature contact metamorphism of siliceous limestone (Mindat, Dana) intruded by gabbro. Kilchoanite is associated with rankinite, which it replaces, spurrite, tilleyite, melilite, cuspidine, grossular, wollastonite and vesuvianite (AM 46.1203, HOM).

Alteration

kilchoanite to rankinite
Ca6(SiO4)(Si3O10) ⇌ 2Ca3Si2O7
Higher temperatures favour the forward reaction (MM 34.1.1-16).

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