Bosoite, a new silica clathrate mineral from Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Koichi Momma, Takuji Ikeda, Toshiro Nagase, Takahiro Kuribayashi, Chibune Honma, Katsumi Nishikubo, Naoki Takahashi, Masayuki Takada, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Ritsuro Miyawaki, Satoshi Matsubara

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Bosoite (IMA2014-023) is a new silica clathrate mineral containing hydrocarbon molecules in its crystal structure. Bosoite can be considered structurally as a silica analogue of the structure-H gas hydrate, where guest molecules are trapped in cage-like voids constructed of the host framework. The mineral occurs in the Miocene tuffaceous sedimentary rocks at Arakawa, Minami-boso City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Bosoite is hexagonal, and it crystallises as an epitaxial intergrowth on chibaite crystals, with the {0001} of bosoite parallel to octahedral {111} form of chibaite. Crystals are colourless and transparent with vitreous lustre. The calculated density is 2.04 g/cm3. The empirical formula (based on 2 O apfu and guest molecules assumed as CH4) is Na0.01(Si0.98Al0.02)Σ1.00O2?0.50CH4; the end-member formula is SiO2?nCxH2x+2. Bosoite has the space group P6/mmm, with the unit-cell parameters a = 13.9020(3) Å, c = 11.2802(2) Å, V = 1887.99(6) Åand Z = 34. The crystal structure of bosoite was refined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and converged to R1 = 4.26% for the average model and R1 = 2.96% for the model where all oxygen sites are split.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-948
Number of pages8
JournalMineralogical Magazine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec


  • Japan
  • bosoite
  • chibaite
  • hydrocarbon
  • new mineral
  • silica clathrate


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