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Bakhchisaraitsevite

Bakhchisaraitsevite

Named after Alexander Yu. Bakhchisaraitsev. Forms as bladed, tabular crystals or in fan-like aggregates. Found in only Russia in a vuggy, mineralized dolomite carbonatite in the Kovdor Massif in the Kola Peninsula, and at the Korkinskii quarry in the Urals Region.

Ref. Minerals and their Localities, Bernard, J.H. and Hyršl, J. (2004)

IMA/CNMNC List of Mineral Names (2009) and Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Monatshefte (2000), 402

Formula
Na2Mg5(PO4)4ยท7H2
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Fan Shaped, Aggregates, Bladed 
Cleavage
Perfect, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous (Glassy) 
Color
colorless, yellowish white, greenish white 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Fracture
Brittle 
Hardness
2-2.5 
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Bakhchisaraitsevite from Iron mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

Bakhchisaraitsevite
            from Iron mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

Nice fan-like group of white platy crystals to 2mm. Very rare mineral, found in only two localities worldwide.

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