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:  white, pale yellow, reddish brown          Streak: white

Luster:  pearly on cleavage surface, greasy or dull


Hardness: 1 to 1.5          Specific Gravity: 2.84            

Cleavage:  perfect cleavage in one direction


Crystal Forms:  Monoclinic

Crystal Habit: commonly in radiating spherulite aggregates of small crystals

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics:

Uses:  Used in a similar manner to talc.  Also used as a carrier for insecticides


Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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