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Category Alloys with PGE
(repeating unit)
Strunz classification 02.AC.40
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Crystal class Pyramidal (mm2)
(same H-M symbol)
Space group Ccm21
Unit cell a = 7.19 Å, b = 8.69 Å,
c = 10.68 Å; Z = 16
Color White with yellowish tint
Crystal habit Disseminated grains (microscopic)
Mohs scale hardness 3.5 - 4
Luster Metallic
Streak White
Diaphaneity Opaque
Specific gravity 12.51
References [1][2][3][4]

Polarite (Pd,(Bi,Pb)), is an opaque, yellow-white mineral. Its crystals are orthorhombic pyramidal, but can only be seen through a microscope. It has a metallic luster and leaves a white streak. Polarite is rated 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs Scale.[2][3]

It was first described in 1969 for an occurrence in Talnakh, Norilsk in the Polar Ural Mountains in Russia.[2] It has also been recorded from the Bushveld igneous complex of South Africa and from Fox Gulch, Goodnews Bay, Alaska.[3]