Cochise College          Photos of Minerals

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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

                                  copyright 2006-R.Weller

Mineral Information on:

Chemical Group:    silicate

Chemical Formula: 

Color:    bright blue to greenish blue, lavender blue, violet rose       


Hardness:  7         Specific Gravity:   3.26 to 3.36                

Luster:  vitreous        Transparency:  transparent to translucent

Cleavage:  (100) distinct


Crystal Forms:  Orthorhombic system

Mineral habits:  fibrous to columnar masses

Mineral Associations: 

Identifying Characteristics:


Occurrences:   New York, Arizona, Nevada, California

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-          when inhaled-

Additional Information: