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Margarite

Margarite

Phyllosilicate - Monoclinic - Mica group member. Brittle - Dioctahedral. Al occupying the (M) octahedral positions with sub's of Lithium, Ca (or possibly Na) at the Interlayer spots, and hydroxyl at the (A) positions. Be and Al can replace Si at the (T) positions. For more information on Mica minerals and other phyllosilicates please reference our article - Click Here.

Rarely as good pseudohex. crystals, usually scaly or platy aggregates. Grayish pink to pink, but also yellowish. Occurs mainly with diaspore in contact metamorphic deposits (Bernard & Hrysl), also in chlorite schists (Mindat). Associated with corundum, diaspore, tourmaline, staurolite, glauphane, chlorite, and magnetite...in high aluminun deposits (Handbook of Min.).

Formula
CaAl2(Si2Al2)O10(OH)2 
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Lamellar, Massive - Lamellar, Scaly 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Pearly 
Color
white, gray, pinkish gray, yellowish gray 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
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Margarite from Chester Emery mines, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, United States

Margarite
            from Chester Emery mines, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, United States

Phyllosilicate - Monoclinic - Mica group member. Brittle - Dioctahedral. Al occupying the (M) octahedral positions with sub's of Lithium, Ca (or possibly Na) at the Interlayer spots, and hydroxyl at the (A) positions. Be and Al can replace Si at the (T) positions. For more information on Mica minerals and other phyllosilicates please reference our article - Click Here.

Rarely as good pseudohex. crystals, usually scaly or platy aggregates. Grayish pink to pink, but also yellowish. Occurs mainly with diaspore in contact metamorphic deposits (Bernard & Hrysl), also in chlorite schists (Mindat). Associated with corundum, diaspore, tourmaline, staurolite, glauphane, chlorite, and magnetite...in high aluminun deposits (Handbook of Min.).

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