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Mineral Information on:
cryolite


Chemical Group:    halide

Chemical Formula:   
Na3AlF6


Color:  colorless to snow-white, reddish, brownish, brick-red, black              

 

Hardness:   2.5           Specific Gravity:   2.95 to 3.0           

Fracture:  uneven          Tenacity:  brittle 
 

Luster:  vitreous to greasy       Transparency: 

Cleavage:   parting present

 

Crystal Forms:  Monoclinic system
        Crystals almost appear to be cubic.
        Often massive, granular

Mineral Associations:  

Identifying Characteristics:

Uses:  flux for aluminum ore 

Occurrences:  West Greenland

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-          when inhaled-

Additional Information: