1981 Edition

Aragonite group

  • Keith Frye
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-30720-6_10
The aragonite group and the calcite group (q.v.) of carbonate minerals share the formula ACO 3 and together include most of the common carbonate minerals. Cations with radii larger than Ca 2+ crystallize with the aragonite structure, those with smaller radii crystallize with the calcite structure. Minerals of the aragonite group include

aragonite: CaCO3

strontianite: SrCO3

cerussite: PbCO3

witherite: BaCO3

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  1.  Calcite Group;  Cave Minerals;  Epitaxy; Human Mineralogy;  Invertebrate and Plant Mineralogy;  Vein Minerals; see also glossary.

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