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Lithiophilite

Lithiophilite

Formula
LiMn2+PO4 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Prismatic 
Cleavage
Perfect, Very Good, Imperfect 
Luster
Vitreous - Resinous 
Color
brown, yellowish brown, salmon, brownish, blackish 
Streak
gray white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Conchoidal - Uneven 
Hardness
4-5 
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Lithiophilite from Foote mine, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, United States

Lithiophilite
            from Foote mine, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, United States

A nice, slender 3mm crystal with fluorapatite from this famous lithium-rich pegmatite.

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Lithiophilite from Midnight Owl mine, Yavapai Co., Arizona, United States

Lithiophilite
            from Midnight Owl mine, Yavapai Co., Arizona, United States

An old David Shannon stock specimen with the label stating that it is a very pure Mn end member. That is, in the Triphylite-Lithiophilite series, where Triphylite is the lithium end member, while Lithiophilite is the Mn end member. Usually both minerals are somewhere in between that series. It is all the salmon pink area occuring much like the "salmonsite" which occured at the Stweart mine of the Pala district. It is a primary phosphate found chiefly if not exclusively in pegmatites.

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Lithiophilite from Emmons quarry, Oxford, Co., Maine, United States

Lithiophilite
            from Emmons quarry, Oxford, Co., Maine, United States

Excellent crystal for this rare lithium phosphate. These are hard to come by, usually this mineral is massive.

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