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Mineral Information on:
libethenite

Chemical Group:   phosphate

Chemical Formula: 
Cu2PO4(OH)

Color:     dark emerald green to olive green

Streak:  olive green

 

Hardness:    4            Specific Gravity:  3.6 to 3.9               

Fracture:  sub-conchoidal to uneven
 

translucent

Cleavage:  2 directions, good

 

Crystal Forms:  Orthorhombic system, diamond-shaped acicular prisms
 

Habits:  drusy, fiberous masses, crusts

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Occurrences:  England, Romania, Zaire, Russia: California, Utah, Arizona

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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