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Parascholzite

Parascholzite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of scholzite. Parascholzite is a rare mineral found in just a few localities including Germany and here in South Dakota at the Tip Top mine in the Black Hills, and also likely localities in Zambia, Australia, and Spain.  Parascholzite occurs as a secondary mineral and is a product of the alteration of phosphates in granite pegmatites.

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

Formula
CaZn2(PO4)2·2H2
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Tabular, Prismatic 
Cleavage
Parting, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
colorless, white 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic 
Hardness
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Parascholzite from Tip Top mine, Custer Co., South Dakota, United States

Parascholzite
            from Tip Top mine, Custer Co., South Dakota, United States

Radiating, prismatic, clear Paraschlozite crystals, 1mm.

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