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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

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Mineral Information on:

Chemical Group:  silicate-mica

Chemical Formula:   
(OH,F)2KLiAl2Si3O10   (lithia mica)

Color: rose-red, violet-gray, lilac, yellowish, light gray, white             Streak:

Luster:  pearly        Transparency:  translucent


Hardness:  2.5 to 4          Specific Gravity:  2.8 to 3.3                    Fracture:

Cleavage:   perfect basal cleavage    (a mica)


Crystal Forms: Monoclinic system

Mineral Associations: Lepidolite is found in granite-pegmatite veins.
     Lepidolite is associated with lithium tourmaline (rubellite), spodumene, amblygonite.

Identifying Characteristics: Sparkly masses of small lilac pink mica flakes

Uses:  source of lithium (important for batteries); sometimes as a gemstone

Occurrences:  Brazil; in the USA from California, Maine, Connecticut

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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