Holmquistite

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Holmquistite
Holmquistite.jpg
Holmquistite from the Foote Mineral Co., Kings Mountain, North Carolina
General
Category Inosilicate
Formula
(repeating unit)
☐{Li2}{Mg3Al2}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Strunz classification 09.DD.05
Dana classification 66.1.2.9
Crystal symmetry Orthorhombic

Holmquistite is a lithium magnesium aluminium inosilicate mineral with chemical formula: Li2(Mg,Fe2+)3Al2Si8O22(OH)2. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal system as prismatic crystals up to 10 cm or as massive aggregates. It has a Mohs hardness of 5-6 and a specific gravity of 2.95 to 3.13.

Color could vary from black, dark violet to light sky blue.

It occurs as metasomatic replacements on the margins of lithium rich pegmatites.

It was first described in 1913 from an occurrence in Utö, near Stockholm, Sweden. It was named for the Swedish petrologist Per Johan Holmquist (1866–1946).[1][2]

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