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Oxy-foitite, □(Fe2+Al2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O, is a new mineral of the tourmaline supergroup. It occurs in high-grade migmatitic gneisses of pelitic composition at the Cooma metamorphic Complex (New South Wales, Australia), in association with muscovite, K-feldspar and quartz. Crystals are black with a vitreous luster, sub-conchoidal fracture and gray streak. Oxy-foitite has a Mohs hardness of ∼7, and has a calculated density of 3.143 g/cm3. In plane-polarized light, oxy-foitite is pleochroic (O = dark brown and E = pale brown), uniaxial negative. Oxy-foitite belongs to the trigonal crystal system, space group R3m, a = 15.9387(3) Å, c = 7.1507(1) Å and V = 1573.20(6) Å3, Z = 3. The crystal structure of oxy-foitite was refined to R1 = 1.48% using 3247 unique reflections from single-crystal X-ray diffraction using MoKα radiation. Crystal-chemical analysis resulted in the empirical structural formula:
Oxy-foitite belongs to the X-site vacant group of the tourmaline-supergroup minerals, and shows chemical relationships with foitite through the substitution YAl3+ + WO2−→ YFe2+ + W(OH)1−.