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Named after Joe Marty for his contributions to the science of mineralogy. Martyite is a rare mineral found only at the type locality in the Blue Cap mine in Utah, USA. Here it occurs as a product of groundwater leaching and oxidation of vanadium oxides in a post-mining environment.” Associated minerals include gypsum, rossite, pyite, montroseite, and magnesiopascoite.

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


Phyllosilicate - Monoclinic - Mica group member. Ordinary (True or Common) Mica - Trioctahderal. Contains Li, Al, Mn2+ in the (M) octahedral sites with F>OH in the (A) position. Mindat places K & Rb in the Interlayer sites.

Rare worldwide with only in two in the USA, originally described from Japan. According to Bernard & Hyrsl, occurs in Na-Li rich pegmatites in Czech Republic, and Japan and is typically purple to pink.

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