Vantasselite

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Vantasselite
Vantasselite.jpg
Vantasselite, from Bihain, Vielsalm, Luxembourg Province, Belgium
General
Category Phosphate minerals
Formula
(repeating unit)
Al4(PO4)3(OH)3 •9H2O
Strunz classification 8.DC.37
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Unknown space group
Unit cell a = 10.52 Å, b = 16.54 Å
c = 20.37 Å; Z = 8
Identification
Color white
Luster pearly
References [1]

Vantasselite is a rare aluminium phosphate mineral with formula: Al4(PO4)3(OH)3 •9H2O. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and has a white color, a hardness of 2 to 2.5, a white streak and a pearly luster.[2]

It occurs in a quartzite quarry north of Bihain, Belgium It was first described in 1987 and named after Belgian mineralogist René Van Tassel.[2][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vantasselite Mineral Information and Data". Mindat.org. Archived from the original on May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Vantasselite". Mineral Data Publishing. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2011.