Mineral description : Wavellite

Wavellite from Highdowns Quarry, Filleigh, Devonshire, England.

Mineral class Phosphates : Wavellite - Lazulite group.
Chemical formula Al3(PO4)2(OH,F)3.(H2O)5
Crystal system Orthorombic.
Habitus Radiating acicular crystals in globular aggregates or botryoidal masses.
Cleavage [110] perfect, [101] good, fracture fibrous.
Hardness 3.5-4
Density 2.36
Color Often green, but also white, yellow, colorless, and brown.
Streak White
Luster Vitreous, transparent to translucent.
Notes Named after it's discoverer William Wavell in 1805.
Type locality : Highdowns Quarry, Filleigh, Devonshire, England.
Locations A rare mineral in Sweden.
  • Hopukka, Kiruna, Lappland.
  • Geologen, Kiirunavaara, Kiruna, Lappland
  • Svappavaara, Leveäniemi, Kiruna, Lappland.

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