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Baricite

Baricite

Formula
Mg3(PO4)2ยท8H2
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Cleavage
Perfect, None, None 
Color
colorless, light blue 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Hardness
1.5-2 
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Baricite from Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada

Baricite
            from Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada
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Light blue platy Baricite. It is a member of the Vivianite group. It is basically a Vivianite with magnesium. It is found in far less localities than Vivianite, but I can't help to wonder how many Vivianites are actually Baricite and just not identified correctly.

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Baricite from Big Fish River, Dawson dist., Yukon Territory, Canada

Baricite
            from Big Fish River, Dawson dist., Yukon Territory, Canada

The specimen represents a good example of mineralized Quartz veining with open spaces. The Quartz crystals have grown inward, perpendicular to the walls of the vein. The vein is mineralized with phosphate, in this case Baricite, a Mn-Fe phosphate. Baricite was first found at this locality and has since been found in only another four localities worldwide. It is the magnesium analog of Vivianite. The Baricite in this specimen is a metallic blue with lamellar crystals to 2.5cm. 

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