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Childrenite

Childrenite

Formula
Fe2+AlPO4(OH)2┬ĚH2
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Prismatic, Tabular, Platy 
Cleavage
Imperfect, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Resinous 
Color
white, yellowish brown, brownish black 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Pyramidal 
Fracture
Conchoidal - Uneven 
Hardness
4.5-5 
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Childrenite from Siglo Viente mine, Llallagua, Bolivia

Childrenite
            from Siglo Viente mine, Llallagua, Bolivia

Once thought to be Sigloite, then found to be Childrenite. These crystal ball clusters are 2-3mm.

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Childrenite from George & Charlotte mine, Tavistock dist., Devon, England

Childrenite
            from George & Charlotte mine, Tavistock dist., Devon, England

Exceptional crystals of this rare phosphate to about 1mm.

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