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Vantasselite

Vantasselite

Named to honor Dr. Rene Van Tassel, who did extensive mineralogical research on Belgian minerals and was a mineralogist at the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussles, Belgium. Vantasselite is found on dumps from a quartzite quarry within quartz veinlets and along schistosity planes. Type locality is Bihain, Belgium, but also found in Germany and Japan.

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

Formula
Al4(PO4)3(OH)3ยท9H2
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Rosette 
Cleavage
Good, None, None 
Luster
Greasy (Oily) 
Color
pearl white 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic 
Hardness
2-2.5 
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Vantasselite from Bihain, Vielsalm, Stavelot Massif, Luxembourg, Belgium

Vantasselite
            from Bihain, Vielsalm, Stavelot Massif, Luxembourg, Belgium Pearly white beautiful radial sprays of Vantasselite to 2mm.
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