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Parahopeite

Parahopeite

Named after the Greek word para, meaning “near”, and for being a dimorph of hopeite. A rare mineral, Parahopeite can be found in Zambia, Canada, England, Germany, Australia, and China. It occurs in oxidized zinc-bearing hydrothermal deposits as a secondary mineral. Parahopeite occurs in association with hemimorphite, tarbuttite, hopeite, scholzite, spencerite, and pyromorphite.

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

Formula
Zn3(PO4)2·4H2
Crystal System
Triclinic 
Crystal Habit
Striated 
Cleavage
Distinct, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Pearly 
Color
colorless 
Streak
white 
Class
Triclinic - Pinacoidal 
Hardness
3.5 
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Parahopeite from Reaphook Hill, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Parahopeite
            from Reaphook Hill, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Excellent orange crystals of Parahopeite from 1.5 to 5mm in pockets with Scholzite.

Second set: Parahopeite is the orange mineral seen here phasing into long bladed, colorless Scholzite.

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