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Mineralpedia Details for Belovite-(Ce)

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Belovite-(Ce)

Belovite-(Ce)

Named to honor Nikolai Vasil’evich Belov, who was a crystallographer and academician and former Head of the Cystallography and Crystallochemistry Department at Moscow Lomonosov State University in Moscow, Russia. Beloveite-Ce is a secondary mineral in pegmatites in localities in the Lovozero and Khibiny massifs in Russia. The only other locality for Belovite is at Gordon Butte in Montana, USA.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/belovite-(Ce).pdf

Formula
NaCeSr3(PO4)3
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Cleavage
Indistinct, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Greasy 
Color
honey yellow 
Streak
white 
Class
Trigonal - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Uneven 
Hardness
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Belovite-(Ce) from Maly Punkauaiv Mountain, Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

Belovite-(Ce)
            from Maly Punkauaiv Mountain, Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

A yellow, prismatic 6mm crystal in matrix.

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Belovite-(Ce) from Umbozero mine, Alluaiv Mt., Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

Belovite-(Ce)
            from Umbozero mine, Alluaiv Mt., Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

Slender 2cm crystal of glassy yellow crystalline Belovite-Ce surrounded by a black alteration embedded in matrix. One US locality. Rare.

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