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Chibaite is a rare silicate mineral. It is a silica clathrate with formula SIO 2•n(CH 4,C 2H 6,C 3H 8,i-C 4H 10) (n = 3/17 (max)). The mineral is cubic (diploidal class, m3) and the silica hosts or traps various hydrocarbon, ethane

Chibaite was first described for specimens collected from Arakawa, Minamibōsō, Honshu Island. The mineral was approved by the IMA