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Mineralpedia Details for Paratooite-(La)

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Paratooite-(La)

Paratooite-(La)

Named for the type and only locality at the Paratoo copper mine near Yunta in South Australia, Australia. It occurs there as pale blue sheaves and radiating sprays of bladed to tabular crystals, found in thin fissures in the country rock. Associated minerals include donnayite-Y, kamphaugite-Y, and bastnasite-La. It is a supergene mineral that precipitated from mildly basic carbonated groundwater.

Ref. Pring, A., et al. and Mineralogical Magazine February 2006 v. 70 no. 1 p. 131-138

Formula
La6Cu(CO3)8 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Crystal Habit
Wheat Sheaf, Radial, Aggregates 
Cleavage
Fair, None, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Pearly 
Color
pale blue 
Streak
pale blue 
Class
Orthorhombic - Disphenoidal 
Hardness
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Paratooite-(La) from Paratoo Cu mine, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Paratooite-(La)  
            from Paratoo Cu mine, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Pale blue very micro bladed Paratooite crystals as singular crystals and rosette-like aggregates.

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