Cochise College          Photos of Minerals

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                          Roger Weller, geology instructor

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                                  copyright 2006-R.Weller
 

Mineral Information on:
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Chemical Group:    phosphate

Chemical Formula:   
Al3(OH)3(PO4)2.5H2O

Color:  white, yellow, green, gray, brown, black          Streak:  white

 

Hardness:  3.25 to 4           Specific Gravity:  2.316 to 2.337

Fracture:  uneven to subconchoidal        Transparency:  translucent
 

Luster:  vitreous to pearly to resinous

Cleavage:  2 directions

 

Crystal Forms:  Orthorhombic system
     Tends to form spheres with a radiating structure.

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Uses:

Occurrences:  Magnet Cove near Hot Springs, Arkansas 

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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